The search operations at landslide hit Puthumala in Wayanad district is yielding results after a gap of over a week for the second consecutive day. A body of a woman was recovered on Monday again from Soochipara waterfalls, six kilometres away from the landslide-hit spot.
A man’s body was found from the same Soochipara waterfalls region on Sunday. After discovering the body on Sunday by a team of NGO, search operations were focused in the region along with Puthumala.
With this, a total of 12 people have been so far found dead in the massive landslide that hit Puthumala and about five persons are yet to be found.
The body was found after a 10-hour search led by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Fire and Rescue department, Forest Department and members of NGOs Karunya and Swanthanam, in Soochipara waterfalls region.
According to an official release of sub-collector Umesh NSK, the post mortem and identification of the body will be done on Tuesday morning.
The search at the landslide spot in Puthumala was done on Monday with radar equipment. “So far there has been no progress in the search at the landslide spot because of the marshy soil, presence of boulders and tree logs,” stated the sub-collector. The team will continue the search on Tuesday also.
The unrecognisable condition of the bodies that have been recovered after over 10 days since the landslide, has made identification a difficult task for the family as well as the officials. Although the officials said the bodies recovered on Sunday and Monday were of a man and a woman respectively, their identity is yet to be confirmed.
Confusion prevailed over a man’s body, which was recovered on Sunday, as families of two missing persons came up with claims over it. Following this, the body was taken to the mortuary without cremating and samples were taken from relatives to conduct a DNA test to confirm the identity.
The body recovered on Monday has also been taken to the hospital mortuary in Sultan Bathery and DNA test will be conducted to confirm the identity of the person.
As per the latest figure on Tuesday morning, about 123 people have lost their lives in the devastation and about 19 people who went missing in the rain-related calamities are yet to be found. Over 13,000 people are still living in about 113 relief camps across the state.