Photos: Landslide in Idukki kills 15 people, NDRF teams rushed

A tea plantation in Kerala’s Idukki district was hit by a massive landslide after the region received heavy rainfall over the last three days. AT least 15 people have lost their lives and over 50 are feared trapped under slush and rocks. The incident came to light after one of the plantation workers was able to escape the site and report the damage to local authorities. Rescue operations are underway after the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) reached Idukki on the morning of August 7.

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Rescue work underway at the site of a mudslide due to heavy rain in Kerala’s Idukki district on August 7. A settlement of tea estate workers was buried under slush and rocks triggered by a landslide after the region received incessant rainfall over the last three days. (AP)

Rescue work underway at the site of a mudslide due to heavy rain in Kerala’s Idukki district on August 7. A settlement of tea estate workers was buried under slush and rocks triggered by a landslide after the region received incessant rainfall over the last three days. (AP)

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A view of a damaged slope within the plantation at Idukki district in Kerala on August 7. Communication lines have been down in the area due to incessant rain over recent days. The tragedy came to light after a forest watchman was able to escape and inform the authorities about the landslide, PTI reported. (ANI)

A view of a damaged slope within the plantation at Idukki district in Kerala on August 7. Communication lines have been down in the area due to incessant rain over recent days. The tragedy came to light after a forest watchman was able to escape and inform the authorities about the landslide, PTI reported. (ANI)

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Rescue workers look for survivors at the damaged plantation in Idukki on August 7. Rescuers retrieved at least 15 bodies and 50 others are feared trapped under the debris, HT reported. (REUTERS)

Rescue workers look for survivors at the damaged plantation in Idukki on August 7. Rescuers retrieved at least 15 bodies and 50 others are feared trapped under the debris, HT reported. (REUTERS)

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A house damaged by the landslide is seen in Idukki on August 7. According to PTI, cooking utensils buried in mud, asbestos and tin sheets strewn around were all that could be seen at the area, which was the habitation of around 80 workers. (ANI)

A house damaged by the landslide is seen in Idukki on August 7. According to PTI, cooking utensils buried in mud, asbestos and tin sheets strewn around were all that could be seen at the area, which was the habitation of around 80 workers. (ANI)

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Debris lies on the ground after a landslide in Idukki on August 7. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had sounded a red alert for Idukki on August 7, indicating extremely heavy rains of over 20 centimetres in the coming days, PTI reported. (PTI)

Debris lies on the ground after a landslide in Idukki on August 7. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had sounded a red alert for Idukki on August 7, indicating extremely heavy rains of over 20 centimetres in the coming days, PTI reported. (PTI)

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A river overflowing after a massive landslide at Rajamala in Idukki on August 7. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced an ex gratia amount of ₹5 lakh to victims’ families; while Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for the affected in a tweet and pledged additional ₹ 2 lakh from the PM’s National Relief Fund, HT reported. (ANI)

A river overflowing after a massive landslide at Rajamala in Idukki on August 7. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced an ex gratia amount of ₹5 lakh to victims’ families; while Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for the affected in a tweet and pledged additional ₹ 2 lakh from the PM’s National Relief Fund, HT reported. (ANI)

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Vehicles ply on a waterlogged road after heavy rains in Kochi, on August 7. The IMD on August 7, declared a red alert for extremely heavy rainfall in Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts and orange alert in five other districts of Kerala. (PTI)

Vehicles ply on a waterlogged road after heavy rains in Kochi, on August 7. The IMD on August 7, declared a red alert for extremely heavy rainfall in Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts and orange alert in five other districts of Kerala. (PTI)

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