Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Rain Starts To Slow After Flooding Displaces 800000 In Southern Indian State

TOPSHOT-INDIA-FLOOD-AVIATION-WEATHER-KERALA Rain Starts To Slow After Flooding Displaces 800000 In Southern Indian State
Melinda Barton | 20 August, 2018, 08:31

Much of the state, which is home to 33 million people, is partially submerged and 190 people have died in the past week.

"Our prime concern was to save lives".

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) in its review meeting directed that focus should now be on provision of emergency supplies of food, water, medicines and restoration of essential services such as power, fuel, telecom and transport links as flood water recedes in Kerala, an official spokesperson said.

In Thrissur, one of the worst-hit districts, rescuers sifting through inundated houses have discovered the bodies of those unable to escape as the floodwaters quickly rose. Hence the loss caused is so huge.

"We are receiving multiple repetitive rescue requests", the office of the state's top official, Pinarayi Vijayan, said in a Friday tweet, asking those in need to provide their exact location and nearby landmarks so rescuers can find them.

Even as rescue teams work around the clock to evacuate victims, authorities are faced with the next big challenge: arresting the spread of waterborne and rain-related diseases such as leptospirosis, dengue, jaundice, etc.

The Met Department has issued a "Red Alert" (heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places) for Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, Malappuram, Palakkad, Idukki and Ernakulam districts till Thursday, August 16.

There were only moderate rains in a few districts.

Currently, the worst affected areas are Alappuzha, Chalakudy, Aluva, Pathanamthitta and Chengannur. The Indian Prime Minister also said: "The Central Government is ensuring that the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, various social security schemes, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture reach those affected on a priority basis in Kerala". The overall death toll since May 29 rose to 370. "Motors are damaged", Vijayan said, according to the BBC.

The Marxist leader pledged that all towns and cities hit by the floods would be cleaned on a war footing.

Vijayan paid special tributes to Kerala's famed fishermen who played a key role in rescuing hundreds and navigating through unsafe waters. "Rescuing those who are trapped remains the topmost priority", he said. "We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days".

Students who lost their educational materials and uniforms would get new replacements. Water level in Periyar river, Idukki and Mullaperiyar dams have decreased.

His ministry is monitoring the flood situation in Kerala on a regular basis.

But it is not as if all was going on smoothly.

"This is because medical professionals found it hard to reach the affected areas".

"No water and food".

Onions, potatoes and cabbage were sold at Rs 90 per kg.

Some people who reached their homes in central Kerala were stunned after seeing mud and dirt accumulated on furniture, with practically all their possessions destroyed.

Rajasthan Chief Minister also announced a financial help of Rs 10 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-ravaged Kerala.

Vijayan said initial estimates were that the state had suffered losses of almost $2.8 billion.