New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (August 8) expressed grief at the loss of lives in a landslide in Kerala.

PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote, "Pained by the loss of lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. NDRF and the administration are working on the ground, providing assistance to the affected."

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In another tweet, PM wrote, "Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the landslide".

According to the latest reports, 16 people have been killed after heavy rains caused a landslide in Kerala's Idukki district. A 50-member special task force team of the fire force has been dispatched to Rajamalai for the rescue efforts, said Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

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The landslide occurred in the Rajamalai area of the district, which is around 25km from the tourist town of Munnar.