The rescue services, which have been working at the site of a landslide in the Indian state of Kerala since last week, have so far recovered 55 bodies and are trying to determine the whereabouts of 15 people. This was confirmed Thursday by a responsible person on site after a new balance sheet of victims.
The landslide that took place in Idukki district on Friday buried the huts where tea plantation workers lived when they slept. A senior Idukki official, Antony Scaria, said that 82 people lived in the area, only twelve of whom were found alive.
According to Scaria, the run was due to heavy monsoon rains and rain, which keeps falling off and makes searching difficult. Kerala’s Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will visit the area on Thursday.
These types of incidents are relatively common during the monsoon season. The Indian Ministry of the Interior estimates that at least 884 people have been killed in incidents related to the storm since the end of May.