Thousands stranded as floods submerge southern Indian state

Thousands stranded as floods submerge southern Indian state

Thousands stranded as floods submerge southern Indian state

Another was a local man who volunteered for the search and rescue mission.

In Kerala, the 1924 flood is usually referred to as the "flood of 99", as it was the year 1099 in the Malayalam Calendar.

The Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been asked to mobilize additional manpower, boats and helicopters to scale up the rescue and relief operations.

The Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation has dispatched necessary medicines to the affected areas, which is in addition to more than 150 truck loads of relief materials from the civil society and NGOs.

After one of the trains arrived, Kurian, the disaster management official, said authorities had largely restored the state's water supply systems.

Indian pedestrians and motorists wade through flooded streets in Kozhikode, about 385 km north of Trivandrum in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 17, 2018.

As per a preliminary estimate, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 4,441 crore due to damage to roads and bridges.

"More helicopters, boats and other equipment are being sought and Modi promised to provide all of these as fast as possible", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told journalists.

Kerala-born businessman Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, has announced a Rs 5 crore donation for rain-battered Kerala, Khaleej Times reported on Sunday. The overall death toll since May 29 rose to 370.

"Our solidarity and the concrete support of the worldwide community should not lack for our brothers", said Pope Francis.

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Rao had earlier appealed to industrialists, prominent persons in the IT sector and others in Telangana to help the rainhit state and said donations, if they are made to the CM's Relief Fund, would be forwarded to Kerala.

In Mala, desperate villagers had to improvise as the floodwaters rose, using kitchen pots as rafts to reach their stricken neighbours.

So far, 324 people have died in the floods and rain-related accidents.

In the hilly district of Idukki, rescuers told the Press Trust of India of working through the night to save a newborn boy and his mother from the rising waters. Rainfall activity has eased out to an extent, but the state continues to battle with floods and thousands remain stranded.

With heavy rains stopping after a week, rescuers on Friday moved quickly to take those marooned by floods to 1,500 state-run camps.

The downpours that started August 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and lovely beaches.

Almost 725,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps, state government spokesman Subhash T.V. said yesterday.

The state chief minister has requested extra funding as well as 20 more helicopters and 600 motorised boats in order to step up the rescue efforts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore for rain-battered Kerala, after reviewing the flood situation in the state.

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