Centre declares Kerala floods ‘calamity of severe nature’

Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides in Kerala, the union home ministry declared this event that this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes. As rescue operations in Kerala entered its final stages, the biggest challenge before the authorities in the flood aftermath turned into managing the over 5,500 relief camps housing more than 7,00,000 people across the state.

The weather looked promising with no major rainfall expected in the state. Many people though continued to wait for rescue to arrive in several parts of Ernakulam district and interior Chengannur in Alappuzha district.

According to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, a total of 8,46,680 people are in 3,734 camps, and rescue operations are in last stages. He said over 90 per cent of the rescue is over and  rrehabilitation is his next target.

As rain has kept away from major parts of the state hit by floods and landslides that have killed over 370 people since August 8. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, “heavy rainfall” is expected only in Kozhikode, Kannur and Idduki districts over the next four days. While the situation seems to be easing up in Kerala, neighbouring states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are also reeling under floods.

Helicopters started their rescue operations in places where people still remained marooned. Several of the other helicopters transported food and relief materials from here. Even as water recedes from major areas, authorities are preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases

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