NEW DELHI — A mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain and flood killed at least 12 people and murdered 20 houses of tea plantation workers in southern India on Friday, authorities said.
Approximately 70 people were reported lost in the area, ” he explained.
Kerala nation’s top elected official, Pinarayi Vijayan, tweeted that teams in the National Disaster Response Force were on their way to the Idukki district Rajamalai region, in which the mudslide happened.
The Press Trust of India news agency said police and fire support officers were in the region.
Abraham Issac, a police officer,” said rescuers have found 12 bodies.
Communication links and power lines were snapped along with a bridge from the region that was washed off.
The meteorological office issued a red alert with more rain expected from the area.
A Hindu temple at Ernakulam district on the bank of the Periyar River was nearly submerged as water levels rose after the sluice gates of a dam were opened.
The Muthirapuzha River also flooded low-lying regions of Munnar, in addition to the Iddiki district.
The clogs are critical for rain-fed plants planted during the entire year but frequently cause considerable damage.
Over 550 people have died in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal and more than 9.6 million individuals have been displaced across South Asia because the flood started in June, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.