Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India's Kerala state, as authorities rushed to bring drinking water to the most affected areas, officials said Sunday. Indian army, Air Force, Navy and National Disaster Response Force are carrying out rescue and relief operations across the 14 districts of Kerala affected by floods.
Kerala has been lashed by torrential monsoon rains since the end of May, triggering landslides and flash floods that have swept away entire villages. "Life is more important so I don't have any complaints", he said. More than six lakh people have been moved to over 3,000 relief camps so far.
This year however, the region has received 40 percent more rainfall than normal.
There are around 725,000 people taking refuge in relief camps.
Her father Saji M George said those left stranded by the devastation are now in a "very hard situation".
"Rehabilitation is our next target", Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday, on the worst floods the state has faced since 1924.More news: Djokovic beats Federer to win in Cincinnati
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Following this, officials immediately began making preparations to dispatch the rice, worth Rs one crore. "We express our thanks to Centre for the assistance".
Downpours that started on August 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and attractive beaches. On the group, we found which agency or state could carry out the job, who was nearest or who could drop the supplies and conduct rescue operations.
This note on the mossy roof of a two-storeyed building at Paravoor near Kochi can be read by personnel from helicopters engaged in rescue operations. The state government has also made a decision to distribute cleaning kits to them, Vijayan said. "We also appeal to all MPs to consider donating their one month's salary for the objective", Naidu said in his appeal.
"You have lots of people in a small space, and without the things they would normally have at home, like clean water and regular food".
Kerala has pitched it as a national disaster, which if accepted by the federal government, is likely to prompt greater commitments of funds for relief and rebuilding efforts.
Torrential rains began August 8 in Kerala in the midst of the annual monsoon season, eventually leaving much of the state partially submerged.
The worldwide airport in the city of Kochi, one of India's busiest airports, will remain closed until August 26, airport officials said in a statement.