Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

More than a million people in India flood relief camps

More than a million people in India flood relief camps

At least 220 people have lost their lives since August 8.

In a review meeting on Sunday evening, the chief minister instructed the officials to ensure that the relief also reaches thousands of interstate migrant workers in the affected areas, many of who lack shelter and food. Landslides have also contributed to the death toll.

Kerala, with a sizeable Muslim population, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year. Torrential rain in the last 10 days forced officials to release water from dozens of dangerously full dams.

The centre has declared the devastating floods in the state a "calamity of severe nature". As the intensity of rains plunged, Kerala is expected to get back to routine life in the coming weeks, as people stand together to rebuild the society.

TRT World spoke to New Delhi-based journalist Ishan Russel for the latest. P.H. Kurian, a top disaster management official in Kerala, told the AP he expects nearly all of them to be rescued by Monday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that over one million people were sheltered in 3,274 relief camps in Kerala.

Incessant downpours since August 8 have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern state, and close to 200 people have perished in the rising waters and landslides.

"There is a requirement for 90 different medicines and the first installment has reached", he added.

Though the situation in the flood-ravaged Kerala is gradually improving, scores of residents are still awaiting rescue and relief.

"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.

Vijayan said there was no shortage of food in the state to feed the flood-affected people, but the biggest challenge was transporting food and relief material, as long stretches of several important highways remin submerged. As per the concerned authority, the issues of water scarcity, lack of fuel and animal fodder are also being resolved. However, he said the officials had largely restored the state's water supply systems.

View of a flooded area is pictured in the north part of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 18, 2018.

As a helicopter hovered overhead, doctors checked elderly men and women lying on wooden benches in an engineering college.

Volunteers at the camp estimate that up to 10,000 people were jammed into the schools' buildings a week ago. "While no outbreak of any communicable disease has been reported, health experts opine that once floodwaters start to recede, the environment will become conducive for epidemic diseases". Modi said to have agreed to send more central forces.

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