Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Kerala floodwater starts to recede, as fear of disease spreads

Kerala floodwater starts to recede, as fear of disease spreads

Rains have been diminishing in parts of Kerala state, where floods and landslides have killed more than 200 people in less than two weeks and about 800,000 more have been forced into thousands of relief camps.

INDIA's southwestern state of Kerala is facing its worst flooding in 100 years. Rain has receded in certain areas but weather forecasters predict downpours will continue in four districts throughout the week.

"We received a distress call late yesterday to rescue a disabled child and will be going in today on boats to check if there are others who need assistance", he said.

The Centre has declared the devastating floods in Kerala a "calamity of severe nature" as the state braced for the huge task of reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure and rehabilitation. Food packets, milk, drinking water and potable water purification kits have also been distributed to residents.

With rescue operations in full swing, Kerala has been receiving aids from all the neighbouring states as people unite to help the affected civilians, despite the absurd territorial disputes in watering sharing between them.

The loss incurred to private and public properties in Kerala due to the floods is estimated at Rs 19,512 Crore.

In a review meeting on Sunday evening, the chief minister instructed the officials to ensure that the relief also reaches thousands of interstate migrant workers in the affected areas, many of who lack shelter and food. He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the relief camps. "It is expected that for the next 5 days there won't be heavy rainfall in Kerala, rainfall will gradually decrease over the state", the MeT office said.

Many families arrive at relief camps with only the clothes they are wearing.

The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and worldwide tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. The INS Garuda naval base in Kochi opened to commercial flights for the first time in almost 2 decades.

Vehicles are seen parked together, some of them submerged in flood waters in Alappuzha in the southern state of Kerala, India, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, a Prime Minister's Office statement said. "The central government and public have cooperated well in this effort to fight this disaster". "I would like to express my gratitude to the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on behalf of Malayalis", Pinarayi Vijayan said.

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