Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kerala floods make Eid low key affair

Kerala floods make Eid low key affair

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a "cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers" for the next five days in the state. In Karnataka floods have claimed the lives of 48 people in 17 districts while 12 others are missing. The toll is expected to go up as 50 people are still missing in Malappuram. "Some more people, who have gone missing, are yet to be traced and efforts are on to find them", he said.

Meanwhile, one person was arrested and 27 cases were registered against those who circulated fake news creating panic among people through social media on floods in the state.

"The Home Minister, in his aerial survey of the flood-hit areas, chose only the BJP-ruled Maharashtra and Karnataka".

According to the latest figures provided by the state government, the death toll touched 93 in Kerala and around 2.52 lakh people are put up at 1,332 relief camps across the state. In Maharashtra, the death toll increased to 43 and almost 4.5 lakh people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, including 4.04 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli, officials said, adding that 761 villages in 69 taluks have been affected by floods.

A total of 6,73,559 people have been evacuated and rescued, and 1,224 relief camps have been opened where 3,93,956 are taking shelter.

Torrential rains and flood situation in Kerala have led to many deaths and caused landslides in some districts. The number of people in relief camps has come down from 2.87 lakh to 2.27 lakh by Tuesday evening.

"Strong winds, speed reaching 45-55 kmph, are likely to prevail over southwest, central and north Arabian Sea and along & off Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat coasts, Lakshadweep area, south Tamilnadu coast and Andaman & Nicobar Islands".

Over 35,000 people are in 196 relief camps in Wayanad district. "We will use the spirit of Eid to help the people who are suffering", said Gandhi.

As rainfall continue unabated in Kerala, district collectors of Malappuram, Idukki, Alappuzha, Thrissur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Kannur and Ernakulam declared holiday for all educational institutions, including professional colleges and Anganwadis, on Wednesday. This is the first aid from the Centre after the flood and landslides had hit the state from the first week of August.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has demanded Rs 10,000 crore for flood-relief work.

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.

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