Rains Lash Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki Districts of Kerala; Many Still in Relief Camps

Thiruvananthapuram, July 18: Unabated rains over the past few days have affected life in Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts in Kerala. At least 14 people have died in the past 10 days.

Relief work is on, especially since the Met department has predicted more rains in the next four-five days. Around 10,000 people have been put up in relief camps, reported IANS. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered for the release of Rs 1,000 each to all those who are in these camps.

At Kottayam, the worst affected were the low-lying areas. Residents and rescue teams transported more than 50 people to relief camps on boats from these areas. “A funeral was conducted with great difficulty as there was no place in the house to place the body,” a villager in Kottayam told the media.

Compared to the past five years, Kerala has received 18 percent more rains in 2018 and has now recorded the highest in the five year period, the Met figures showed.

Leader of Opposition R. Chennithala, who is part of an all-party delegation led by Vijayan that will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, said the state government must ensure an urgent release of funds to mitigate the loss suffered.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also assured in the Lok Sabha that the Centre will take a favourable approach to the calamity. Nearly 34,000 people have been shifted to relief camps after flood water inundated low-lying areas due to heavy rains that have lashed the state for the past one week. As many as 34,693 people from 8,033 families were shifted to 265 relief camps across the state. Rains are expected to continue till July 19. (With Agency Inputs)

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