Friday, 21 September, 2018

More bodies found in flooded Kerala as toll hits 357

At least 324 killed in Kerala monsoon floods as rescuers work to evacuate survivors Flood Kills 164 People, Displaces 223,000
Gerardo Duncan | 19 August, 2018, 16:24

Rescuers have used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people, officials said.

Heavy rains over the past eight days triggered flooding, landslides and home and bridge collapses, severely disrupting air and train services in Kerala state, a popular tourist destination with scenic landscapes, waterfalls and attractive beaches.

Kerala's most savage monsoon in a century has killed over 300 people while over two lakh people have been displaced in the last nine days.

Prime minister Narendra Modi had undertaken an aerial survey of some of the flood affected regions on Saturday and reviewed the situation.

With no end to the deluge in sight, people all over the state of 33 million have made appeals on social media for help, saying they can not make contact with rescue services.

Surjewala said that party leaders, including Congress Working Committee members, General Secretaries and Secretaries, will approach people at block, district and state levels and "ensure that a fair and independent probe and a JPC (joint parliamentary committee) probe into the Rafale deal is constituted immediately". "We're safe compared to many others, but we're cut off", said James Joseph Moolakkaat, owner of an agricultural business who lives in a 10-story building across the southwestern state's Periyar river.

Vijayan added that 223,139 people have been moved to more than 1,500 relief camps.

But what happened after a few days when the situation in Kerala grew worse owing to the floods and landslides is unimaginable.

Helicopters have also been dropping emergency food and water supplies, while trains carrying drinking water have been sent to Kerala. Over 3 million Malayalees work in the GCC members states, where over 2,00o associations, groups and clubs represent them. She said the floods had destroyed 26,000 homes and damaged crops across as much as 40,000 hectares, with estimated losses of 277 billion rupees.

Insurance companies have been asked to hold special camps for assessment and timely release of compensation to the affected families and beneficiaries under social security schemes.

People trapped without food, water and electricity anxious about being left without help as their phone batteries were dying. The rains are predicted to continue, and organized rescue efforts are the only way to save as many lives as possible.

The worldwide airport, Kochi Airport, remains closed until August 26, officials said in a statement.

"This is the highest ever deployment of NDRF in a single state since its raising (in 2006) and hence this becomes this becomes our biggest-ever disaster response operation till date", he said.

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