The US consulate had advised US citizens to avoid travelling to the affected areas. (Representational)
Sixty nine tourists, including 20 foreigners, are stranded at a resort in the popular tea county of Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district. The roads leading to the resort are blocked due to landslides as rain continued to pound the state. The army has been called in to help the tourists get out.
26 people have been killed so far in Kerala, including 11 in high-range Idukki in landslides.
On Thursday, the United States consulate in Chennai had issued a travel alert and advised the US citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flashfloods.
Locals in the mountainous Idukki district are being warned on public announcement system to stay safe. There are, however, no fresh reports of flooding and landslides in the district.
— Rema Rajeshwari IPS (@rama_rajeswari) August 9, 2018
Five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki water reservoir have been opened since Thursday.
Over a million foreign tourists visited Kerala last year, according to official data.
The Kerala government has imposed a ban on the movement of lorries and tourist vehicles in Idukki.