The district administration had earlier banned heavy vehicles just after the landslide occurred.

Death toll in Kerala landslide rises to 13 travel ban on Thamarassery ghat
news Landslide Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 15:26

The death toll in the landslide in Thamarassery Panchayat in Kerala's Kozhikode rose to 13 on Sunday, with one more body being recovered.

According to reports, the body is yet to be identified. One more person is yet to be recovered.

Meanwhile, Kozhikode district collector UV Jose reportedly issued a travel ban on Thamarassery ghat on Sunday. This came in the wake of heavy rains continuing to lash the district.

The district administration had earlier banned heavy vehicles just after the landslide occurred. District Collector UV Jose was quoted as saying that while the travel ban on the ghat road applies to all vehicles, KSRTC buses will ply.

According to Mathrubhumi, KSRTC buses from the Thamarassery side will continue to operate till Chippilithodu. From the Kalpetta side they will operate till the 29th mile. Passengers have been asked to walk the 200-meter distance between the two stops in the ghat.

On Saturday, the bodies of three people were recovered, including that of a four-year-old, who went missing from Kattippara, a small village in Thamarassery Churam in Kozhikode. On Friday, the body of one-and-a-half-year-old baby girl Rippa Mariam was unearthed from the debris.

Meanwhile, the body of one of the two people who were missing following heavy rains at Nilambur in Malappuram was recovered on Saturday.

Heavy rains had triggered flash floods and landslides in several places in rural Kozhikode on Thursday. A red alert has been issued in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod and Palakkad till June 18.

Apart from the districts with a red alert issued, the state capital region too has sustained casualties from the heavy rains. The total death toll owing to rain-related incidents stands at 48.

Read: Kerala landslide: Bodies of 4-yr-old and two others recovered, death toll rises to 11

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