Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Centre has assured flood-hit Kerala of 'liberal' support Governor

Centre has assured flood-hit Kerala of 'liberal' support Governor

The Kerala floods death toll has reached 55 and over 1.5 lakh people shifted to around 1,300 camps across the rain-battered state, the Meteorological Department has predicted more rains in the coming days.

A red alert has been issued for three districts and orange alert for six districts in Kerala for Sunday.

He also warned that strong action would be taken against those spreading false news about floods.

In the southwestern state of Kerala, some 42 people died and over 100,000 affected people have been evacuated, the central government's disaster management cell said, after 80 landslides hit the state in two days.

However, the number of fatalities is likely to increase as around 50 people are feared trapped under mud and debris at Kavalappara in Kerala's Malappuram after a landslide on Friday. With some relief from the extreme conditions on Sunday, rescue operations have been in progress and more bodies have been recovered from under the mass of soil and rock that the landslides brought with it, especially in Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad.

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"Some people spreading news that all dams are going to be opened". We have enough stock. As of now, Idukki dam has only 30 per cent of its Full Reservoir Level. "Previous year it was almost 98 per cent", he added.

Accusing the centre of giving Karnataka a "step-motherly treatment", he said that the funds released so far are not even sufficient for the first-aid.

Personnel of the fire service, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local people are involved in the rescue operations. "As many as 2.35 lakh people have been moved to safety.222 head of livestock are dead and 44,013 head of cattle have been rescued and provided shelter", he said.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday will be visiting his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad in Kerala, which is facing the wrath of heavy rainfall and landslides.

He also expressed anguish in the manner in which some anti-social elements are taking to social media spreading canards about contributions to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. "Officials are putting their lives in danger, risking their lives during rescue operations". One such official, an assistant engineer of KSEB, Baiju, lost his life while performing his duty. Also held a meeting with senior officials to review the relief operations.

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