Floods in Kerala, India, Destroy Homes

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2019

In Malappuram district, 45 people are still missing while seven have not been traced in Wayanad.

In neighboring Karnataka, at least 48 people have died, with 12 still missing, according to the news outlet.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan conducted an aerial survey of the landslide-affected areas.

Concluding his two-day visit, Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi said, "We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people". Of the 14 flood-battered districts in Kerala, Malappuram is the worst hit with the highest death toll of 29. Malappuram was rocked by a series of landslips triggered by heavy rain since August 8 at Kavalappara and Kottakunnu in which 24 people have died. More than 165,000 people in the state left their homes to be relocated in one of the 1,111 relief camps.

With the rains relenting after battering the Southern states over the past few days, rescue and relief works are on in full swing in flood-ravaged districts of Kerala and Karnataka, even as the combined toll rose to 131 on Monday. This is not only a Wayanad issue, this is a Kerala issue, this is a Karnataka issue.

Over 35,000 people are in 196 relief camps in Wayanad district.

They were shifted to 372 temporary camps and shelters.

"Political partisanship is least expected in times of natural calamities and unfortunate deaths of people", the Politburo statement added.

Accompanied by revenue minister E. Chandrasekharan and chief secretary Tom Jose, the chief minister would also be visiting relief centres in Malappuram and hold discussions with people's representatives and officials.

"People have told me that they have nowhere to go as their homes have been damaged fully or partially".

In the wake of the torrential rains and loss to lives and property, the state had a subdued Eid celebration on Monday as a majority of the people avoided festivities and focused on collecting relief material for the flood affected.

The IMD issued a warning indicating heavy to very heavy rains in ghat sections of western Maharashtra over the next two days, encompassing Pune, Satara and Kolhapur.

Meanwhile, a holiday has been declared for all the schools, colleges and professional colleges in 9 districts, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Kottayam, Kannur, Alappuzha, Wayanad, Ernakulam, Idukki and Malappuram on Wednesday, sources said.

He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala.

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