Kerala: Four dead, several feared missing after landslide in Idukki district.

Kochi: Kerala Rains, Weather Forecast Today: The landslide occurred at Pettimudi estate, a tea plantation in Rajamala area near Munnar, where around 80 people reside. Three people were retrieved from the debris that had fallen across the plantation, while several are feared missing.

At least four people were killed after heavy rainfall caused a landslide in  Idukki district of Kerela on Friday. The landslide occurred at Pettimudi estate, a tea plantation in Rajamala area near Munnar, where around 80 people reside. Three people were retrieved from the debris that had fallen across the plantation, while several are feared missing. The extent of casualties remains unclear.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), along with the local police, fire brigade, forest and revenue officials, has been rushed to the spot to conduct rescue and relief operations. A second team of the NDRF, based in Thrissur, is expected to reach Idukki as well. Read news in Malayalam

Kerala has been witnessing heavy rains for the last three days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday sounded a red alert in Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram districts, warning of extremely heavy rainfall. The weather agency also issued an orange alert for most other parts of the state, including Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts, till Sunday, August 9.

In other news, a landslide occurred in Meppadi in Wayanad district on Friday morning. Rescue teams have been deployed in the area to aid residents. Officials have asked dozens of people in disaster-prone areas in Wayanad, a vulnerable biodiversity hotspot in Kerala, to relocate to relief camps or to relatives homes.

On Thursday, the rains caused extensive damage in Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod districts.

Several parts of Kerala have also reported power failures due to the rains.

A red alert is sounded when there is rainfall over 20 cm, while orange indicates rainfall between 6 to 20 cm of rain.

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