Pettimudi landslide: Three more bodies recovered, toll climbs to 61

Pettimudi landslide: Three more bodies recovered, toll climbs to 61
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Idukki: Three more bodies were recovered from the landslide site at Pettimudi in the high range Idukki district on Tuesday, taking the toll to 61. Nine people are still missing.

The remains of a six-year-old Aswath Raj and a 57-year-old Ananth Selvam were recovered while one body is yet to be identified.

Two Ground Penetrating Radars (GPR)s from Chennai along with a four-member team joined the search operations by Tuesday afternoon.

Pettimudi landslide: Three more bodies recovered, toll climbs to 61

The radars have been brought from the Institute of Oceanography, Idukki collector H Dineshan said.

The help of the dog squad was also used for search operations earlier, but due to inclement weather, their services are not being utilised now, sources said.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), fire force, police and forest officials are jointly engaged in the search operations.

Pettimudi landslide: Three more bodies recovered, toll climbs to 61

A massive mound of earth and slush triggered by heavy rains had flattened a row of 20 one-room 'row houses' of tea plantation workers made of tin and asbestos sheets which accommodated at least 82 workers at Pettimudi in Rajamala on August 7.

Twelve people were rescued.

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