Rescue operation resumes in Pettimudy; 49 yet to be found
Thodupuzha: The search operation to find the 49 people who went missing in the landslide that occurred at Pettimudy in Rajamala resumed on Saturday morning. The mission is progressing under the leadership of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Though they started searching in the morning itself, the chances of heavy rain is raising concerns.
The search operation was stopped on Friday midnight due to hostile weather. There was heavy rain and fog in the area and the rescuers had to stop the mission temporarily as their vision was blurred. As heavy rain pounded the region at night, it is feared that the slippery mud would affect the rescue mission.
A total of 18 deaths were confirmed in the mishap. The 11 people who were rescued are under treatment in various hospitals. The condition of ten among them is stable. One of them who is admitted in Kolenchery medical college is in critical condition.
It is suspected that the relatives of the people living in the lane of houses and those living in other lanes also had reached the spot where the landslide occurred. So, there are concerns that more people are likely to have been trapped under the debris and washed away in the flash floods.