HIGHLIGHTS: Centre declares Kerala floods 'calamity of severe nature'

About 10,000 people are likely to be rescued by Monday in Kerala where rain-induced floods have claimed over 200 lives in the last 10 days, officials said.

Published: 20th August 2018 08:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2018 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

Aerial photo of Kerala floods. (Photo | PTI).

By Online Desk

About 10,000 people are likely to be rescued by Monday in Kerala where rain-induced floods have claimed over 200 lives in the last 10 days, officials said. About 38,000 people have been rescued so far.

"A total of 8,46,680 people are in 3,734 camps, and rescue operations are in last stages. Rehabilitation is our next target," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday, on the worst floods the state has faced since 1924.

The maximum death toll has been reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far, as per official estimates.

The red alert that was in force in all districts was also withdrawn as water level came down. Meantime, orange alert has been declared in districts except for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasargod.

Heavy rain is likely to subside today in the flood-hit state, the weather office has said, though light rain has been forecast at least till Saturday.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, “heavy rainfall” is expected only in Kozhikode, Kannur and Idduki districts over the next four days. While the situation seems to be easing up in Kerala, neighbouring states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are also reeling under floods.

 

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  • Ajaya D

    At the end of each age (yuga) there will be a deluge and massive flooding. This is why Kerala, Karnataka and other places are flooded - so, now the Dark Age (Kaliyug) has ended! After 2 years a new Golden Age will start on planet Earth in 2020 - as per Mayan Long Count Calendar. It was predicted by ancient Maya astronomers in 400 BC at Izapa in Mexico!
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