IDUKKI: The death toll in the Pettimudy-Rajamala landslide in Kerala rose to 52 with the recovery of six more bodies, even as
and rainfall combined with near sub-zero conditions hampered rescue and recovery operations at the site.
Ironically, these very conditions are proving to be a factor in ensuring that the bodies don’t decay. “There is no stink of
in the area. Normally after three days they start to rot. But due to the cold weather, we noticed that the bodies were mostly intact,”
“The sniffer dogs had been very helpful in tracing bodies over the past days. But as the climate turns chilly they are prone to fall sick. We can’t employ them in these conditions,” Premkrishnan said. He said that out of the 18 missing, nine are children.