Centre declares Kerala floods as severe calamity

The Kerala floods shook the state as many people lost their lives. With this, the Union home ministry has declared the flood as ‘calamity of severe nature’. Several relief camps were set up and rescue operations are underway where at least thousand people are still stranded at five villages around Chengannur – a town in Alappuzha.




Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 223 people lost their lives between August 8 and 20. The CM said, “The Centre said they’ll make all necessary items available to us.”


“We are slowly winding down rescue operations and concentrating on relief and rehabilitation,” E Chandrasekharan, Kerala’s revenue minister said.


He added, “About 95 percent of people affected have been rescued and put up in relief camps. We are hoping to reach out to everyone by end of day today.”

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