7 Singaporeans among 59 tourists evacuated in rain-hit Kerala

People wading through a flooded street in the port city of Kochi in the rain-battered South Indian state of Kerala yesterday. The state is on high alert as the water levels rose in the Periyar River after shutters of the Idukki reservoir were opened
People wading through a flooded street in the port city of Kochi in the rain-battered South Indian state of Kerala yesterday. The state is on high alert as the water levels rose in the Periyar River after shutters of the Idukki reservoir were opened to drain excess water.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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Fifty-nine stranded tourists, including seven Singaporeans, were evacuated yesterday from Plum Judy, a resort in the popular tea-growing area of Munnar in the rain-battered South Indian state of Kerala.

They were stranded in the tourist hot spot and hill station for more than a day after roads leading to the resort were blocked by landslides, caused by heavy rainfall in the state over the last 48 hours.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2018, with the headline '7 S'poreans among 59 tourists evacuated in rain-hit Kerala'. Print Edition | Subscribe