Over 50 stranded tourists rescued
Idukki (Ker), Aug 10 (PTI) Over 50 tourists, including
from Russia, Saudi Arabia and Oman, strandedafter the road to
their resort at Pallivasal in the district was damaged in a
landslide after heavy rains, were rescued by the Army today.
Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran said they were
brought out safely after army personnel cut out a parallel
A four-member Russian family, including two children and
a couple from the U.S.A were rescued first and they proceeded
to Kumarakkom in Kottayam district and Pathnamthitta district
The other tourists were also brought out one by one after
the road was cleared, sources said.
The road to the Plum Judy resort was fully damaged in the
landslip and was covered in mud and uprooted trees.
It was raining heavily as the tourists came out of the
resort, where they were stranded for the last two days. They
waded in a single line through the muddy pathway, under the
guidance of the army personnel.
The minister told reporters that this was one of the
resorts which had been ordered to be closed down some months
ago. However they continued to operate on the strength of a
favourable court order, he said.
The resort management was asked to provide food and all
necessary amenities to the tourists free of cost,sources said.
Heavy rains, which had pounded Kerala in the last two
days, had triggered landslides and floods in various places,
leaving a trail of destruction.
Twenty nine persons have died in the state in the last
two days in landslides and floods caused by heavy rains.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)