800000 displaced in flooding in southern Indian state

800000 displaced in flooding in southern Indian state

800000 displaced in flooding in southern Indian state

The deadliest deluge in Kerala in close to a century has claimed 194 lives since August 8. In the entire country 324 people have lost their lives besides a lot of loss to property and other things,"he said". Rescue work will continue till things go back to normal.

Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where some 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said.

Vijayan said that the government was working on disinfection of drinking water sources and ways were being worked out to provide food to those people staying at home and not in relief camps.

With heavy rains keeping away from vulnerable areas, though with exceptions, the overall situation in the flood-ravaged Kerala has improved on the fifth day on Sunday. "For tomorrow, the colour warning is green".

As rainfall intensity will reduce, there may be slight relief from flood conditions.

People trapped without food, water and electricity anxious about being left without help as their phone batteries were dying.

People wait for aid on the roof of their house at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 17, 2018.

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Using boats and helicopters, the race in on to reach people in communities cut off for days and those in desperate need of food and potable water. We are trying to rescue people. It was not known if any evacuees were on the boat.

Surjewala said the party also demanded that Kerala floods be declared as a "national calamity" and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to play politics in such matters.

Following the cancellation, Modi chaired a meeting with Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials and witnessed a video presentation of the widespread destruction across the state.

The situation in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad and Wayanad inched towards comparative normalcy as rains slowed and water level receded, with many living in crowded relief camps awaiting to return home. "A major health drive is being planned to prevent communicable diseases", the minister added.

After one of the trains arrived, Kurian, the disaster management official, said authorities had largely restored the state's water supply systems.

Mr. 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 statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

At least 330 people have been killed in the past 10 days - 200 of them in landslides, and hundreds of thousands have fled to relief camps, as forecasters predict yet more torrential rain.

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