Thousands stranded after Kerala floods kill 324

Thousands stranded after Kerala floods kill 324

Thousands stranded after Kerala floods kill 324

Thampy, who lives in Mumbai, told HuffPost that by Wednesday night, the elderly woman had retreated to the second floor of her two-story house in Pandanad, a village in the state of Kerala that lies right on the banks of the Pampa River.

Weeks of heavy monsoon rains have set off landslides and floods.

Rains are expected to subside to "light to moderate" levels on Sunday, India's weather office said.

At least 220,000 people displaced from across the state are taking shelter in more than 1,500 relief camps.

According to a lawmaker in Pathanamthitta district, some 10,000 people were stranded and in grave danger unless they were rescued urgently.

On late Saturday evening, a 150-member National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team started rescue operations in and around affected areas of Chengannur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting in Kochi to review the flood situation in Kerala and also conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas.

In a statement Adityanath said, "Directions have also been issued to send relief material to Kerala on an immediate basis". There is a huge destruction caused in the state but still the National media has convenietly avoided and is busy covering other issues, while the worldwide media is taking in concern as a major issue, is reporting about it!

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"Please give us a helicopter".

He added that the government "is providing all possible assistance to Kerala". The Chief Minister dismissed with contempt when I said this week that rescue and relief should be handed over to the Army.

Just after he left Kerala, Modi tweeted: "I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit. the nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour". "What Modi has given is grossly insufficient for urgent rescue, relief and rehabilitation work", CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.

The CM, meanwhile, has temporarily cancelled his U.S. trip for medical consultation. Seven deaths were reported in Chengannur on Saturday. "4 helicopters, 5 military boats and 65 fishing boats are part of operationsm", said Pinarayi Vijayan.

There are growing fears that the death toll, already in the hundreds, could escalate rapidly, with so many people still marooned, desperate for food and potable water.

"Water has started receding from today morning onwards". He warned against spreading false news about scores of people dying in the area and said people behind such rumours would be arrested. In an endeavour to support the on-going relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala, we are mobilizing funds and creating public awareness through the reach of our network. The district administration has directed irrigation officials to deepen the canals in Alappuzha town to drain the rising waters. "But we can ensure that both people and communities are better prepared and more resilient" -Miroslav Lajcak. Even now, thousands of people are stranded.

Naval forces are also involved in helicopter rescues.

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