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Kerala: Flood toll 95, search for missing goes on

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 14, 2019, 1:47 am IST
Updated Aug 14, 2019, 1:47 am IST
So far 20 bodies were retrieved at Kalavalappara while 39 are yet to be found. Seven more bodies are missing at Puthumala.
An aerial view of the site of landslide which affected several houses at Muthappank-unnu, in Kavalappara of Malappuram district on Tuesday (Photo: AP)
 An aerial view of the site of landslide which affected several houses at Muthappank-unnu, in Kavalappara of Malappuram district on Tuesday (Photo: AP)

Kozhikode: Though  search operations continued for the landslide victims , only one body was retrieved from  Kavalappara in Malappuram and none from Puthumala in Wayanad. So far 20 bodies were retrieved at Kalavalappara  while  39  are yet to be found. Seven more bodies are missing at Puthumala.

As the death toll rose to 95 in the state, the rescue workers of Army, Fire and Rescue, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and volunteers were  on with their mission while plans were  afoot to use more machines and  technology for tracing the bodies.

 

The rescue workers were  witnesses to heart-rending scenes.   When the body of Priayadarshan, a youth,  was retrieved on Monday, he was found sitting on his bike, with even his raincoat on his body. He was buried amid the soil and rock  that rushed in  before he got time to step down from his bike, according to his friend. “Priyadarshan came on the bike by evening and the catastrophe stuck when he was parking his bike between the car and the house in the portico," he said.

"Priyadarshan went  home to see his mother. By the time he reached home, the landslide occurred with a thunderous sound”, said Riju, his friend. Priyadarshan’s mother Ragini and grandmother were at home then. The body of Ragini  was retrieved  on Sunday. The grandmother’s body is yet to be found .

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