Pettimudy landslide: Deeply saddened, says Governor; CM ensures land and houses for victims
Idukki: Chief Minister Pinrayi Vijayan said that 15 people are still missing in the landslide at Pettimudy here. 55 bodies have been recovered so far. Search is on to find the remaining residents, the CM added.
The CM appreciated everyone who took part in the rescue operations. He was speaking to the media after visiting the landslide spot along with Governor Arif Mohammad Khan.
Only a few members from families involved in the tragedy have survived. The land has been washed away and it is not possible to build houses on it. New land must be located to rehabilitate the families, the CM said.
The government will take steps, which were taken when similar disasters occurred, in the case of Pettimudy also. Houses will be built to rehabilitate all the families. Those who wish will be allowed to help the victims in this regard, Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The CM hoped that the Kanan Devan Company itself would come forward to help the families. He clarified that the government has urged the company to help the victims. Pinarayi Vijayan added that the government was ready to build new houses for the victims.
Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government will bear the educational expenses of the children of the victims. “Some of the survivors are still in hospitals. The government will bear their medical expenses. Steps will be taken if any of them require specialised treatment,” he added.
Those who escaped the landslide are staying in other shelters set up by the company. The CM urged the company to undertake repair works at these shelters and build new ones. He also wanted the company to take a decision over employees who have been rendered jobless.
Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said that the landslide in Pettimudy was a major tragedy and it was deeply saddening. He added that leaders including the President had held inquiries with him in this regard.