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Bodies Found As Water Recedes In Kerala, Hundreds Still Stuck: 10 Points

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KOCHI: At least a thousand people are still stranded at five villages around Chengannur town in flood-hit Kerala, even as the weather office has said heavy rain is likely to subside in the coastal state. Rescuers have also found some bodies as the floodwaters recede, news agency AFP reported. A few trains packed with people are running between state capital Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam, 200 km apart. Floodwater has started receding in some areas. However, the bigger concern now is lack of clean drinking water and diseases due to mosquito infestation, especially in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Commercial flight operations to Kochi also resumed today after the Navy activated its airstrips to accommodate small passenger aircraft. 191 people have died in the Kerala floods since August 8.
Here are the top 10 updates on the Kerala flood situation:
In worst-hit areas such as Thrissur and Chengannur, rescuers are searching inundated houses where they have found the bodies of those trapped by the fast-rising floodwaters. “They didn’t think that it would rise this high — 10 to 15 feet at some places — when the initial warnings were issued,” said Ashraf Ali KM, who is leading the search at Mala town in Thrissur.
Over 1,000 kg of relief material has been dropped from helicopters in and around Chengannur, 110 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. “567 people stranded in their homes have been picked up by rescuers,” Air Marshal B Suresh told NDTV.
There has been no rain in central Kerala’s Thrissur in the last 24 hours. People displaced by the floods have started returning homes. Relief agencies in Thrissur say they need more antiseptic soaps and disinfectants. Food packets and medicines are being dropped from helicopters.
The centre has set up 3,700 medical camps across Kerala, the health ministry said in a statement. They are actively monitoring patients to stop any contagious disease from spreading fast.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said the state has enough food to feed the flood-affected people. Transporting food and relief material, however, remains a challenge as long stretches of several important highways are flooded. At least 5,645 relief camps have been set up.
The red alert in the state that had been in place for days, was finally removed on Sunday. But some districts still have orange and yellow alerts, meaning they are not out of the woods yet. Union Minister KJ Alphons said close to a million people are staying at the relief camps across Kerala.
The first flight of a 70-seater Alliance Air plane that landed at Kochi this morning took off for Bengaluru packed to capacity. An IndiGo twin-turboprop plane also came and went, with all the seats taken. The main airport at Kochi, seventh-busiest in the country, will remain closed till August 26.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan thanked fishing workers who participated in rescue operations. “All boats will be granted Rs. 3,000 for each day of their work. Government will also bear the repairing costs of boats damaged during the mission,” the chief minister’s office tweeted.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said all Supreme Court judges will contribute toward the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph’s brother and sister were among those who have been displaced in the floods.
With Kerala receiving over 250 per cent more rain than normal between August 8 and 15, the state’s authorities had to release water from 35 dams where the water had accumulated to their critical capacity.

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