Kerala floods LIVE: Receding floodwater leaves a trail of debris behind, rescue ops underway
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Kerala floods LIVE: Receding floodwater leaves a trail of debris behind, rescue ops underway

The Indian Express |
August 20, 2018

Kerala rains and floods LIVE UPDATES: The unprecedented rains have brought the state to a standstill. Over 200 have been killed and thousands are still feared stranded. Follow this space to track the latest developments.


In a huge relief to Keralites, rain has kept away from major parts of the state hit by floods and landslides that have killed over 200 people since August 8. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, “heavy rainfall” is expected only in Kozhikode, Kannur and Idduki districts over the next four days. While the situation seems to be easing up in Kerala, neighbouring states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are also reeling under floods.

Nearly 9 lakh people are now lodged in shelter camps in Kerala. As rescue operations wound down to its final stages, the government began to shift focus to ensuring relief to affected persons, and to the rebuilding of civic infrastructure damaged by the floods.

However, even as water recedes from major areas, authorities are preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases. “The focus of the state government will be to bring life back to normalcy even as rescuing the people stranded in remote areas continues. Rehabilitation of the affected will be taken up with the cooperation of the local people,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said after a review meeting on Sunday.

Credit by- The Indian Express

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