Kerala floods: Death toll reaches 76, 2.87 lakh relocated in relief camps

Clay Curtis
August 14, 2019

More than 2.55 lakh people in the state have sought refuge in 1,413 relief camps, government officials said, according to Mathrubhumi.

With rains and flood battering Kerala for days, Eid celebrations in the state on Monday was a low-key affair, starting and ending with prayers.

Authorities made a decision to declare holidays for all educational institutions in nine out of the 14 districts in the state.

As many as nine people were killed in landslides in Uttarakhand and Jammu following heavy rains. Meanwhile, 53 people are still reported missing in several areas.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan toured the affected districts of Malappuram and Wayanad from where 41 deaths have been reported in a series of landslides on August 8.

The flood toll stands at 210, with 88 deaths in Kerala, 43 in Maharashtra, 42 in Karnataka and 31 in Gujarat. However, the government said the situation is improving. Twelve people are missing, and 5.81 lakh people have been displaced since August 1.

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In 185 camps in Malappuram, 45,377 people have been sheltered, the update stated. In neighbouring Wayanad, which was also rocked by a massive landslide at Puthumala, 12 people have lost their lives and seven are still missing.

In many camps, people observed a sober Eid festival with well-wishers bringing in food and new clothes for the inmates.

As floods wreak havoc in Kerala, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while camping in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, on Monday urged people to provide relief materials to those hit by the devastating floods. There is a tremendous tragedy in Wayanad. "The home minister in his aerial survey of flood-hit areas chose to go only to BJP ruled states of Maharashtra & Karnataka".

At least 51 people are still feared trapped under debris in two major landslides that occurred last week in Wayanad and Malappuram.

"We have evacuated over 580,000 people", a senior Karnataka government official told.

Four trains were fully cancelled on Monday - Okha Ernakulam express, BarauniErnakulam Raptisagar, the Thiruvananthapuram-Ahilyanagari express and the KochuveliHyderabad special trains, a Southern Railways press release said this morning.

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