Kerala is reeling under the worst flood in its history; over 100 deaths and 1.5 lakh people in relief camps….reports Soumya R Krishna for Asian Lite News
Kerala, the south Indian state prominently featured in the global tourist map, is fighting the worst floods in its history. Cities, towns and villages across 13 districts submerged in water. The toll crossed 100 since the monsoon begun in Kerala.
The Cochin Airport is shut till 29th of Aug as the Airport is completely under water now. Many trains from Nagercoil to Trivandrum have been cancelled. National Highway in Thrisuur got blocked with very strong flow of water from Chalakkudy river. Kochi Metro stoped their service till further notice.
Heavy rain filled all the rivers and dams in the state. Rain along with landslides led to death of many on august 15 th and 16th . Munnar and Wayanad are alienated due to landslides. Almost all the roads are destroyed to these places. Aluva , Chengannur , Ranni etc are some other areas deeply effected by the flood. Kasargode district is comparatively less effected by the floods. The schools and educational institutions in the state are closed till August 29.
Kerala Government along with the help of Navy, Special Task forces and volunteers are conducting large scale rescue operations. Almost 23 heicopters and 250 boats are in action.The IT cell and Chief Minister’s office coordinate the operation through efficient communication. Still there are Islanded areas in Pathanamthitta , Kottayam , Alappuzha and Ernakulam where the rescue opeartions have not reached. The opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala asks the government to hand over the rescue mission to Army as the situation is beyond states control.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Kerala after Vajpayee’s funeral. There are about 1000 relief camps set up around Kerala. The rain expected to continue for 2- 3 more days. But there is a visible fall in the amount of rainfall in most areas which is a relieving news.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for help to rebuild the lives of people in the state. “At this of point of time, nothing can help as much as money,” Vijayan said earlier this week. Kerala needs your help. Please contribute or spread the word.
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