Indian military scales down flood rescue operations

Minnie Murray
August 21, 2018

A woman who has left her flood affected home spends time at a relief camp set up inside a government run school in Alappuzha in the southern state of Kerala, India, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

The onslaught of rains and floods since August 8 has brought the state to its knees, in what is regarded as the worst floods since 1924. In the video, shared by a Twitterati, the Kerala man is seen bending down and lending his back while his face lies right above the water level. They have also urged the MPs to donate their one month's salary for the same. naidu and Mahajan said they have chose to donate their one-month salary for relief works in Kerala.

An all-party meeting Kerala government has called for an all-party meeting later in the day to take stock of the situation and work out a rehabilitation strategy.

Road and rail lines remain flooded in several parts and the state's main Kochi International Airport halted operations following the inundation of runways.

"Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides in Kerala, this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes", a home ministry official said in New Delhi on Monday.

This categorisation will enable the state to get greater monetary and other assistance from the Centre. If we take the population and houses there, a Keralite would have some kind of connection with numerous houses there.

"More helicopters, boats and other equipment are being sought and Modi promised to provide all of these as fast as possible", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told journalists.

Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace. "Kerala received Rs 210 crore towards the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund and a promise of Rs 160 crore", he said.

The Centre, meanwhile, declared Kerala flood as a severe calamity. Similar precipitation has been forecast for the next five days.

Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to relief camps in Kerala as almost 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed, roads caved in, sections of highways collapsed, and homes swept away amid warnings of worse weather to come.

The state, which is forming committees of residents and municipal officials to help clean up residential areas, is also struggling with rumors on social media.

The PM should show the same large heartedness in spending on Kerala flood relief as he shows in spending on self promotion and publicity.

The death toll has climbed to 341 since the monsoon started in June, including 191 since August 8, the state's disaster management control room said by phone, while the number of evacuees at relief camps is growing.

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