Kottayam landslide: Death toll climbs to 7; search continues for 12 missing people

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Kottayam: Four more bodies of people who went missing in the landslide at Koottickal here were recovered. With this, the death toll in the landslide touched seven. Incessant rains triggered the landslide in the region on Saturday.

Earlier, three bodies were also recovered. The deceased are identified as Claramma Joseph (65), Sini (35) and Sini’s daughter Sona (10). Meanwhile, four bodies have not been identified yet.

At the same time, 12 people are still missing. Among them, six are family members.

The incessant rains and traffic problems are affecting the rescue operation during the night hours. But, the rescue personnel are continuing the search here. A troop of the army has already headed to Koottickal. As the flooding has subsided at Koottickal junction, rescue personnel managed to reach the landslide-hit spot.

Major junctions close to Koottickal including Enthayar, Koottakkayam and Kanjirappally are also flooded.

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