Kerala rainfall creates havoc

Kerala Flood 1533911883

Thiruvananthapuram (NM Bureau): After the year 1924 when Kerala experienced rainfall for a week, the five-day rainfall in Kerala has been the worst ever. The preliminary estimates show the loss could be around ₹8316 crore. Thirty-nine people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents since August 8 and an overall 186 people have died in the state this monsoon with a total of 211 landslides across the state bringing major loss. The damages may not be over yet, Meteorological department has forecasted heavy rainfall will continue till August 15 in many parts of Kerala.

“The impact of the disaster is likely to be felt for a long time. Preliminary assessment indicate that nearly 20,000 houses have been fully damaged and nearly 10,000 km of state PWD roads damaged. The preliminary loss is around Rs. 8316 crore,” a tweet from Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office read.

A total of ten districts in Kerala have been severely affected due the rai fall and shutters of 27 dams had to be opened across the state due to water levels inching close to maximum capacity.

"National Highways, state highways, all are damaged. We are trying to get a special package for the 
roads," said Idukki District Collector Jeevan Babu told media. 

According to the latest official figures, more than 60,000 people, including women, toddlers and senior citizens, have been lodged in various relief camps across 14 districts. Overall, 320 relief camps have been set up across the six affected districts  -- Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayand, Kozhikode and Idukki. Ten columns of Army, a unit of Madras Regiment along with personnel of Navy, Air Force and 14 teams of the National Disaster Relief Force, are engaged in relief and rescue operations in badly-hit districts -- Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayand, Kozhikode and Idukki.

“We are providing all possible assistance to the state. Centre to provide additional 100 crores to Kerala,” Union minister Rajnath Singh said after an aerial survey of the state. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that passports damaged due to the floods in Kerala will be replaced free of cost by the government.

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