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Landslides in Kerala: Two killed, 8 missing

Posted on Aug 17, 09:35PM | UNI

Two people were killed and eight others feared missing, scores injured, some of them serioulsy, while eight houses were completely destroyed in a major landslide at Pothanikadu, near Kothamangalam in Kochi district today.

While one Joseph, was killed in the landslide, another identified as Narayanan, died of cardiac arrest frightened by the calamity, Pothanikadu police told UNI.

Braving heavy rain, fire service and police along with local were carrying out rescue operations to trace those missing, the sources said, adding eight people were feared missing from six houses.

Though heavy rains hampered rescue operations, the process of clearing the deberi continued.

The district administartion had sought help from the Navy for rescue operations, the sources added.

Since late last night, heavy rain was experienced in the hilly area, located between Idukki and Ernakulam districts and mounds of mud washed away by with flood waters fell on the houses, resulting in two missing and scores getting injured, the sources added.