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Sighting of tiger alarms rescue workers near Kerala landslide site

Though the district administration had taken the position that rescue efforts would continue until the last body is found, they would have to take into account the safety of the rescue workers now that a tiger’s presence has been confirmed in the area.

The sighting of a tiger has emerged as a fresh challenge for search and rescue agencies in the remote village of Pettimudi in Kerala’s Idukki district where five bodies of victims of a deadly landslide are yet to be retrieved.(Express file photo)

The sighting of a tiger has emerged as a fresh challenge for search and rescue agencies in the remote village of Pettimudi in Kerala’s Idukki district where five bodies of victims of a deadly landslide are yet to be retrieved.

Sub-collector of Devikulam taluk, S Premkrishnan said, “We spotted the tiger yesterday and day before, hardly 4-5 kilometres from the rescue site. Subsequently, the forest department has posted some guards to keep an eye on the tiger. According to them, once a tiger comes out of its territory, it is likely to linger in the area for a few days before going back. So we have to be careful.”

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“The district collector has convened a meeting today where we will be deciding whether to continue operations and if so, how to proceed,” he said.

The tiger’s presence further complicates matters for theā€¦

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