Body of missing tourist in Munnar, Kerala found

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 13 (IANS): The body of the tourist, Roopesh was found 17 hours after he went missing during a minor landslide at Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala.

Roopesh (43), a native of Kozhikode, disappeared on Saturday after a landslide swept away the tempo traveler in which he was traveling. The vehicle plunged into a 100 m deep gorge.

A 24-member tourist team, including Roopesh, was returning from Munnar upper station in two vehicles when the tempo traveler they were traveling in got caught in heavy rain.

With mud and rocks filling the road, the vehicle could not move and Roopesh and the driver forced everyone to move to a safe place and tried to push the vehicle. Suddenly, mud and rocks fell again. As the driver jumped to safety, Roopesh was hit by rocks and disappeared.

Earlier, the meteorology department had issued an orange alert in Munnar, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state.

Idukki District Collector Sheeba George has banned traffic on Munnar -Vattavada road until further notice and night traffic has been banned in Devikulam traffic from 7pm to 7am.

A.Raja, MLA for Devikulam, speaking to the media, said heavy and incessant rains have made search operations difficult. He said search operations continued on Sunday morning and the body was found near the gorge from where the damaged van was also found.

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