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PTI Last Updated at 10 Aug 2018, 20:08 IST India

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.)

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