India tea plantation landslide death toll rises to 43
August 09 2020 05:16 PM
Rescue workers look for survivors at the site of a landslide during heavy rains in Idukki, Kerala, I
Rescue workers look for survivors at the site of a landslide during heavy rains in Idukki, Kerala, India

Reuters/Kochi

The death toll from landslide at a tea plantation in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 43 on Sunday with nearly two dozen people feared trapped, a senior official said.
The landslide, caused by heavy rain, hit the plantation in Idukki district in the early hours of Friday when workers were still sleeping, officials said.
"We have stopped the rescue operation for the day because of the rain... The operation will continue till the last body is recovered," Idukki district official H. Dineshan told Reuters.
The India Meteorological Department has issued alerts for heavy rainfall in several districts, including a red alert for Idukki.
In 2018, Kerala was hit by the worst floods in a century. Hundreds were killed, many of them from Idukki.




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