Kerala rains: Death toll reaches 76, Rahul Gandhi helps the distressed

Kerala rains: Death toll reaches 76, Rahul Gandhi helps the distressed

Red alerts have been issued for only two districts, Malappuram and Kozhikode, by India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.

Eighty-eight people have died across 14 districts of flood-battered Kerala while 40 are missing, authorities said on Tuesday. In Karnataka floods have claimed the lives of 48 people in 17 districts while 12 others are missing. However, at Kavalapara in Malappuram, where 30-odd people are missing, four bodies were retrieved. "This is the site of a bad landslide that destroyed an entire village, many people are still feared to be trapped & rescue work is ongoing", he said.

So far 221 people have lost their lives due to floods in nine states of the country.

"The Home Minister, in his aerial survey of the flood-hit areas, chose only the BJP-ruled Maharashtra and Karnataka".

Addressing the flood-affected at a relief camp in Meppadi in Wayanad, Vijayan said, "the government is with you. we need to overcome all difficulties and hardships together".

Last year, Kerala was hit by its worst floods in nearly a century, in which an estimated 450 people were killed.

In the southern state of Kerala at least 67 people were killed in rain-related incidents while 227,000 people were moved to some 1,551 relief camps. In Malappuram, 59,351 people have been lodged in 240 camps.

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"Strong winds, speed reaching 45-55 kmph, are likely to prevail over southwest, central and north Arabian Sea and along & off Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat coasts, Lakshadweep area, south Tamilnadu coast and Andaman & Nicobar Islands".

Vijayan, during a review meeting with collectors through video conference, also asked district authorities to provide temporary lodging for those who had lost their houses, even after the relief camps are wound up.

Meanwhile, a holiday has been declared for all the schools, colleges and professional colleges in 9 districts, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Kottayam, Kannur, Alappuzha, Wayanad, Ernakulam, Idukki and Malappuram on Wednesday, sources said.

IMD has predicted "heavy rainfall" at isolated parts over Kerala from August 12 till August 16. "We have requested (the Centre) to release Rs 3,000 crore immediately", Yediyurappa said. Another video that showed a 10-foot long crocodile taking refuge on the rooftop of a house in flood-hit Karnataka's Raibag town also sent social media into a tizzy.

"People have told me that they have nowhere to go as their homes have been damaged fully or partially".

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is in Kerala to visit the landslide-affected areas in Wayanad, his constituency, said many people are still trapped.

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