Saturday, 24 August, 2019

175+ killed, almost a MILLION left homeless by landslides & floods in India

A view of a flood-affected region in Malappuram district Kerala on August 11. According to reports death toll in Kerala has mounted to 72. The situation remained grim in Karnataka Maharashtra and Gujarat where 97 people have lost their lives so far. (I Floods kill 140 in Maharashtra, Kerala, and Karnataka — and there is no end in sight
Patty Aguilar | 14 August, 2019, 03:43

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. Of the 14 flood-battered districts in Kerala, Malappuram is the worst hit with the highest death toll of 29.

That was an increase from 42 deaths reported since August 8. A total of 4,08,322 people have been rescued from the district and evacuated to safer places, the data showed.As many as 1,224 relief camps are now operational in the state with 3,93,956 people taking shelter in them, while 372 medical teams have been deployed.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that another 31 people have been killed in rain-related accidents in neighbouring Karnataka.

Almost 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods in Gujarat's Kutch district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) yesterday, while in Karnataka and Maharashtra works have started to fix roads damaged by landslides and heavy rains.

KSDMA has released a district-wise data between August 8 and August 11 till 9 pm in which it states that 58 people were still missing as the state continues to battle with flood fury.

Holiday has been declared for educational institutions in five districts- Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram- on Tuesday and various university examinations have been postponed, authorities said.

"In this tragedy we all are standing with you", he said, addressing the people in the camp.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday assured people at a relief camp in Meppadi near Wayanad that the government will stand with all those who are suffering due to rains and floods for the past six days.

In Dehradun's Chamoli district, landslides triggered by heavy rains killed six people, including an infant, who were buried under the rubble of their damaged homes.

The IMD on Tuesday sounded a red alert in the Kerala districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram for the next 24 hours even as the toll in the week-long rain rose to 92.

They were shifted to 372 temporary camps and shelters.

The party urged the Centre to provide all assistance to the State.

In Gujarat where almost 31 people have died in rain-related incidents in the last five days, efforts are on to trace and rescue fishermen of two missing boats.

In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods. Upper Krishna catchment area received light to moderate rains and isolated places heavy rains, rainfall has significantly reduced. The flood affected Shoranur-Kozhikode section has been fully restored and up and down lines have been made fit for train operation, Railways said.

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