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A Month After Deadly Kerala Floods, Nearly 2,500 People Still In Relief Camps

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| September 19 , 2018 , 11:31 IST

Even a month after Kerala faced massive floods with death toll crossing 400, in one of the worst floods in the last 100 years, nearly 2,500 people are still said to be in relief camps across the state, media reported on Wednesday.

Currently, there are 80 relief camps in the state where 787 families, consisting of 2,457 people have taken shelter. The maximum number of relief camps are in the Thrissur district with 1,348 people followed by Idukki with 332 people across 9 camps and 260 people across 6 camps in the Alapzuha district, state disaster control room sources said.

A government press release said that repair and maintenance work was underway for houses, schools, hospitals and other public properties.  

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Since the onset of the South West Monsoon on May 29, the floods and landslides claimed 493 lives, and displaced more than 14 lack people from their homes, forcing them to take shelter in relief camps.

Many people lost their homes and crops due to the heavy rains and floods battering the state, impacting all the 40 rivers and forcing the opening of shutters of 80 dams to release excess water. The Kerala government has pegged the losses from the rains at above Rs 8,000 crore.

State sponsored events have also been cancelled in Kerala, including School Kalolsavam (arts festival), International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) and all celebrations organised by the Tourist Department, to redirect the funds to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF)

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has reached out for aid for the rebuilding of the state, not only to people in India, but also to NRIs living outside the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 500 crore aid and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier announced relief of Rs 100 crore as well. Other states have also sent their respective aid packages, including Rs 10 crore from Karnataka and Rs 5 crore from Tamil Nadu.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also announced Rs 10 crore aid to Kerala and that one-month salaries of all AAP MLAs and MPs will be given to the state. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an aid of Rs 10 crore and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has also announced an aid of Rs 5 crore. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has also announced aid of Rs 10 crore.