'Tempo traveller,' driver, washed away following landslide in Kerala's Idukki

Police said they have located the vehicle some 700 metres downhill, a region which is frequented by wild elephants.

Published: 12th November 2022 08:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th November 2022 08:35 PM   |  A+A-

Idukki landslide

File photo of a landslide in Idukki. (Photo | Albin Mathew, EPS)


IDUKKI: (Kerala): Heavy rains continued to lash Idukki district in Kerala on Saturday with minor landslides being reported from Munnar-Vattavada road in the hilly region where a tempo traveller and its driver were washed away, police said.

Vadakara resident Roopesh (45) was unable to escape from his vehicle when the landslide hit the Munnar-Vattavada road, police said.

"The tempo traveller was part of a three-vehicle tour group from Vadakara. All other vehicles and passengers managed to escape but he is suspected to have been trapped inside the vehicle," Munnar police told PTI.

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Police said they have located the vehicle some 700 metres downhill, a region which is frequented by wild elephants.

Meanwhile, Idukki District Collector Sheeba George said the rescue operation has been halted for the night and will resume at 6 am on Sunday.

The operation was stopped due to lack of light and heavy rains, she added.

The weatherman had issued an Orange alert for Idukki today and a Yellow alert for the next two days indicating heavy rains.


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