New Delhi: With the rescue operation still going on, the death toll in the landslide in Idukki district of Kerala climbed to 52 on Tuesday after three more bodies were recovered from the debris.Also Read - Video: Landslide, Shooting Stones Near Shimla's Jeori Block NH-05; No Casualties so Far | Watch
Officials involved in the rescue operation said that the bodies of two men and a woman were recovered on Tuesday. Also Read - Video: Massive Landslide Blocks Chandrabhaga River In Lahaul-Spiti, Poses Threat To Villagers
Meanwhile, the personnel of NDRF, Fire, Forest and police departments have expanded their rescue and search operations to the downstream of a river in their efforts to trace 19 more people who were still missing in the August 7 tragedy near Rajamala. Also Read - Himachal Landslide: Death Toll Rises To 15 As Rescue Operation Continues In Kinnaur
Officials said that the search operation is being carried out at the site of the disaster to trace those feared trapped in the debris.
The reascue operation because tough as the water level at Mullaperiyar reservoir in Idukki district reached 136.85 feet on Tuesday.
On the other hand, the Idukki district collector spoke to the Collector of Theni in neighbouring Tamil Nadu with regard to the release of water through the tunnel to Vaigai dam when the water level touched the 136-feet mark.