Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

UAE leaders step in to help flood-stricken Kerala

UAE leaders step in to help flood-stricken Kerala

The Indian Prime Minister also said: "The Central Government is ensuring that the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, various social security schemes, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture reach those affected on a priority basis in Kerala". While the users are doing a commendable job by informing authorities about the people stranded, they are also hinting at a lukewarm response by the national media over the natural calamity in the state.

Heavy rains over the past eight days triggered flooding, landslides and home and bridge collapses, severely disrupting air and train services in Kerala state, a popular tourist destination with scenic landscapes, waterfalls and handsome beaches. Many of them, including children, were rescued from various waterlogged areas.

More heavy rains are expected in isolated areas on Saturday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

'My family and neighbouring families are in trouble, ' wrote Ajo Varghese, a resident of the coastal city of Alappuzha, in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.

Several people are stranded in buildings in various districts.

A 10-day-old infant and a woman in advanced stage of pregnancy was among 127 people rescued by the Coast Guard from a flooded neighbourhood in East Kadangaloor as part of rescue and relief operations that are underway on a war footing in flood-hit Kerala. Not able to communicate from afternoon.

More than 200,000 people have been forced into relief camps while access to food and other amenities has become hard. Mobile phones are not reachable.

"Please ask Modi to give us helicopters, give us helicopters". Please help me, people in my place will die. The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and global tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season.

Other distressed messages were shared online from people trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as their homes.

The home ministry announced separately that 868 people have been reported dead in seven Indian states including Kerala since the start of the monsoon in June.

Unprecedented flooding triggered by torrential rain in Kerala had inflicted a loss of about Rs 195 billion on the state's economy, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took stock of the situation on Saturday.

The worldwide airport in the city of Kochi, one of India's busiest airports, will remain closed until August 26, airport officials said in a statement.

Indian-origin billionaire businessmen based in the UAE have announced Rs 125 million donation for flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala, according to a media report.

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