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BENGALURU : A heavy landslide has been reported in a spot in Wayanad's Meppadi region in Kerala where locals say had a housing colony of plantation labourers. Many are feared missing or dead. Rescue officials from National Disaster Response Force are yet to reach the location and there is no official confirmation of any casualties.

In a return of the images from last year's historic floods, Kerala has been facing multiple landslides under heavy rains since Thursday night. So far, six people have died and 9475 people were moved to relief camps.

Visuals broadcast by regional news channels in Kerala from the spot, said to be obtained from the locals, show a temple, mosque and some vehicles washed away in the landslide.

The casualties are not yet known, two units of NDRF team reached the district, said revenue minister E Chandrashekaran. The locals saved three people, but the location is apparently proving hard to reach even for the officials as the landslide has affected connectivity, he said.

P K Suresh, a Wayanad native and a CPM local committee member, said there could be at least a dozen families, including children, on the spot.

Wayanad is one of the most affected in the rains. On Thursday evening, Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad's high profile MP and former Congress President, tweeted that he is touch with authorities and monitoring the situation. "The people of Wayanad, my Lok Sabha constituency, are in my thoughts & prayers as they battle raging flood waters. I was to travel to Wayanad, but I’ve now been advised by officials that my presence will disrupt relief operations. I’m awaiting their OK to travel," he tweeted.

(Note: This is a developing story)

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