Flood-situation in Kerala is “very serious” : Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh terming the flood-situation in Kerala as “very serious”, Union Home Minister Rajnath SIngh today on Sunday assured the state of all possible assistance from the Centre. Singh conducted an aerial survey of Idukki and Ernakulam districts along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, MoS Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam and Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan.

In a telephonic conversation, two days ago, Singh had assured Vijayan all central help to the state government to deal with the rains and floods. During the current South-West monsoon season, various parts of Kerala reported to have been affected by heavy rains and rain-oriented calamities of varying degrees.

After a brief lull, rains started lashing several parts of the state since this morning, posing problems to the relief operations undertaken by multiple agencies in the flood and landslides hit regions. However, the water level in the Idukki and Idamalayar reservoirs reduced, bringing some relief, with the authorities saying there was no need for any panic for people living downstream.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has forecast a heavy to very heavy rain in eight districts for the next four days. Giving great relief, there were no fresh casualties reported since yesterday and the toll in the rain-related incidents since the current monsoon fury from August 8 stood at 37. More than 60,000 people have been accommodated in relief camps set up in different areas, including in Wayand where over 14,000 people had been sheltered.

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