Landslide at Kundala in Munnar on Pettimudi’s birthday, no casualties – The New Indian Express

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IDUKKI: A huge landslide hit Kundala, just 20 km from Munnar, on Saturday, the anniversary of the catastrophic Pettimudi landslide which killed 70 people.

Huge boulders and mud started rolling down the hill around 1 a.m. Saturday. The debris flow damaged a temple and two stores located below and blocked a stretch of about half a km of the Munnar – Vattavada road. A huge water tank with a capacity of 45,000 liters was also destroyed.

Vattavada, a farming village, was completely cut off from the rest of the world due to the landslide. Police firefighters, Kannan Devan Hill Plantations (KHDP) and local residents began clearing the debris to restore vehicular traffic.

The lives of around 450 people residing in the Puthukadi estate workers lane were saved as they were evacuated minutes before the landslide.

The landslide started at a height of 1 km on a hill covered with shola forest near the upper station on the road to Munnar Vattavada. The location falls under the Kundala – Puthukadi division of the Senduvarai domain under KHDP.

Debris that rolled down the hillside spilled into a stream across the road and there was no damage to the estate’s lanes.

Around 11:30 p.m., the villagers heard a sound of thunder and muddy water began to flow down the hill. There were 450 people belonging to 141 families living in 13 working-class lanes in the valley. When the workers saw the heavy flow of muddy water, they immediately notified the residents and the estate authorities evacuated the families.

A huge tragedy was averted as all the families were evacuated in time. Debris that rolled down the hillside spilled into a stream across the road and there was no damage to the estate’s lanes.

“Around 11:30 p.m. we heard a thundering sound coming from the hill and muddy water started flowing. We immediately notified the authorities and all 141 families were evacuated with the help of local residents, housing company staff and fire and rescue,” said Marimuthu, a local resident.

As many as 41 families were moved to the East Division school relief camp while others went to residents of their relatives and friends.

Vattavada panchayat chairman Kavitha Ravikumar said no fatalities were reported in the Puthukadi landslide. Work to restore the electrical connectivity of road traffic is still in progress.

“The timely intervention of alerted residents has averted a great tragedy. Had the incident occurred during the day, it could have resulted in casualties as the highway is a very busy stretch. Sightseeing vehicles were stopping at the spot for sightseeing,” one resident said.

IDUKKI: A huge landslide hit Kundala, just 20 km from Munnar, on Saturday, the anniversary of the catastrophic Pettimudi landslide which killed 70 people. Huge boulders and mud started rolling down the hill around 1 a.m. Saturday. The debris flow damaged a temple and two stores located below and blocked a stretch of about half a km of the Munnar – Vattavada road. A huge water tank with a capacity of 45,000 liters was also destroyed. Vattavada, a farming village, was completely cut off from the rest of the world due to the landslide. Police firefighters, Kannan Devan Hill Plantations (KHDP) and local residents began clearing the debris to restore vehicular traffic. The lives of around 450 people residing in the Puthukadi estate workers lane were saved as they were evacuated minutes before the landslide. The landslide started at a height of 1 km on a hill covered with shola forest near the upper station on the road to Munnar Vattavada. The location falls under the Kundala – Puthukadi division of the Senduvarai domain under KHDP. Debris that rolled down the hillside spilled into a stream across the road and there was no damage to the estate’s lanes. Around 11:30 p.m., the villagers heard a sound of thunder and muddy water began to flow down the hill. There were 450 people belonging to 141 families living in 13 working-class lanes in the valley. When the workers saw the heavy flow of muddy water, they immediately notified the residents and the estate authorities evacuated the families. A huge tragedy was averted as all the families were evacuated in time. Debris that rolled down the hillside spilled into a stream across the road and there was no damage to the estate’s lanes. “Around 11:30 p.m. we heard a thundering sound coming from the hill and muddy water started flowing. We immediately notified the authorities and all 141 families were evacuated with the help of local residents, housing company staff and fire and rescue,” said Marimuthu, a local resident. As many as 41 families were moved to the East Division school relief camp while others went to residents of their relatives and friends. Vattavada panchayat chairman Kavitha Ravikumar said no fatalities were reported in the Puthukadi landslide. Work to restore the electrical connectivity of road traffic is still in progress. “The timely intervention of alerted residents has averted a great tragedy. Had the incident occurred during the day, it could have resulted in casualties as the highway is a very busy stretch. Sightseeing vehicles were stopping at the spot for sightseeing,” one resident said.

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