Kochi: Heavy rains lashed parts of central Kerala on Friday claiming four lives, including that of a woman, and leaving a trail of destruction at Kadavoor in Ernakulam district.
Two persons are missing and police, fire force, naval personnel are engaged in search operations.
While three persons were killed in a rain induced landslip, a man witnessing the incident died due to heart attack, police said.
Seven houses were damaged in the landslip with huge boulders and mud covering the dwellings. Police said inmates of two houses were not at home when the landslip occurred.
Excise Minister K Babu, PWD Minister V K Irabhim Kunju, Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob and Ernakulam District Collector P I Sheikh Pareeth are camping in the area.
The government has promised to construct homes of those who have lost their dwellings in the landslip today.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has asked the Collector to give a report on the calamity based on which compensation would be decided, Babu said.