The toll in Rajamalai landslide in Idukki district went as much as 48 on Monday with the restoration of six extra our bodies whereas 22 are nonetheless lacking, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned.
He mentioned some our bodies had been recovered from a river and rescue work remains to be happening regardless of inclement climate. Rejecting criticism from Opposition events, who questioned his delay in visiting the affected district, Vijayan mentioned he’ll go to the spot at an applicable time.
“There isn’t a discrimination between aircraft crash victims and people affected by landslide. What the federal government introduced within the latter case is just an interim aid and it will likely be raised additional. Some events are whipping it up unnecessarily to create confusion amongst folks,” he mentioned.
Opposition Congress and BJP had questioned discrepancy in aid in twin tragedies that struck Kerala on Friday. Whereas the CM had introduced Rs 10 lakh aid for households of the lifeless within the aircraft crash, landslide victims got solely Rs 2 lakh. However Vijayan mentioned the federal government will guarantee rehabilitation of affected plantation staff. He additionally mentioned rescue work will proceed until the restoration of the final physique.
However an official of the Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Restricted, which owns the property, mentioned it will likely be troublesome to determine precise variety of folks trapped within the landslide as some homes had visitors and kids, learning outdoors Idukki, who got here residence because of the lockdown.
The official cited that few who died weren’t on firm’s information, indicating that the toll might go up. Many of the victims hail from south Tamil Nadu districts however are settled in plantation areas for work for greater than two generations.
Six short-term staff engaged by the Eravikulam Nationwide Park are additionally among the many victims. The forest division mentioned the epicentre of the landslide may be Shola forest which may be ascertained solely after climate clears up. In addition to folks, they concern there may very well be a lack of wildlife as effectively.