At least 15 persons were killed after a river of mud and debris washed over lines of settlements of tea plantation workers near the popular hill station of Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district Friday. A total of 15 persons have been rescued so far even as efforts are underway to find the missing, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press briefing.
The mudslide, caused by a bout of extreme rainfall in the area, was reported at the Nyamakad estate of the Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company near Rajamala in Devikulam Taluk around 7 am Friday, though it is believed to have occurred late Thursday night. The debris has buried at least 30 settlements in which nearly 78 people resided.
The Chief Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of those killed in the incident and said that the entire expense to treat the injured will be borne by the state government.