Kerala Rains: Focus shifts to rehabilitation as floodwaters recede

Kerala floods Worst rains in a century kills over 300 displaces 3 lakh entire state on alert for more showers

Kerala floods Worst rains in a century kills over 300 displaces 3 lakh entire state on alert for more showers

"Unfortunately, our state governments are in collusion with vested interests that do not want any environmental laws to be implemented", Gadgil told AFP.

About 800,000 people had to seek refuge in thousands of camps across the state from May 29 up till August 18, a senior official from the state disaster management authority said.

More than 370 people have been killed, majority in landslides, since the monsoon rains started in June.

As the flood-water in Kerala has started to recede, some regions still remain water-logged and the marooned flood victims at relief camps can not go back to their houses.

TRT World's Craig Vermay reports.

Kerala, with a sizeable Muslim population, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.

The UAE, home to hundreds of thousands of Keralites, has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that it would be providing $100 million for Kerala, Vijayan told the media.

For Kerala relief efforts, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced Rs 10 crore along with 1 month salary of all AAP MLAs and MPs, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has announced Rs 10 crore, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has announced Rs 5 crore in addition to earlier Rs 5 crore, and Congress MLAs and MPs have also pledged 1 month salaries.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday said Telangana will send 500 tonnes of rice to Kerala to help the flood-ravaged State.

Incessant rain since August 8 in the southern state has swelled rivers and triggered landslides. "First of all sending medicines needs special permission".

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Kerala flood: The region has received 40 percent more rainfall than normal.

Using boats and helicopters, India's military led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days, with many trapped on roofs and upper floors, in desperate need of food and clean water.

"The flood has bonded the people like never before, sharing whatever they had".

Flood-affected women wait in a queue to receive relief material at a camp in Chengannur in the southern Indian state of Kerala, India, August 20, 2018.

"The council of ministers in its meeting today (Monday) made a decision to donate Rs one crore for the relief of the flood-affected people of Kerala", Education and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media.

"People are being screened for respiratory infections", said a camp doctor, Rajesh Parameshwaran, adding that another infection doctors were targeted was leptospirosis, which can strike people wading through stagnant water.

Most people living near rivers lost all they had, including homes, when dam shutters were opened. Wells, commonly used in Kerala, are contaminated and few places have electricity to pump water.

The global airport in the city of Kochi, one of India's busiest airports, will remain closed until August 26, airport officials said in a statement.

To assist passengers, India's aviation regulator asked domestic airlines to cap maximum fares to and from Kerala and nearby airports.

"When the flood waters came, we were not anticipating a calamity of this kind", he said.

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