Posted : Oct 17 06:36 AM
Kerala rains: Death toll touches 18 as rescuers dig deeper
The toll from disastrous flooding caused by heavy rains and landslides in hilly areas of two central Kerala districts rose to 18 as rescue workers recovered more bodies from the rubbles on Sunday.
State Revenue Minister K Rajan said the rescue workers have recovered 15 bodies from the debris and slush of the landslides that had hit various places of Idukki and Kottayam districts on Saturday.
"The rescue workers have recovered 15 bodies till now. This includes 12 bodies from Koottickal in Kottayam, one body from Peerumedu and two which were recovered yesterday from Kanjar in Idukki district," Rajan told PTI.
Idukki District Collector Sheeba George said three bodies were recovered from Kokkayar in Idukki district today, a hilly region which was heavily hit by yesterday's devastating landslides.
"The search is on for five missing persons," she told PTI.
Officials said the bodies of three children buried under slush were recovered after an intense rescue efforts.
The children, aged eight, seven and four, were found holding to each other, officials said.