Road, rail services partially restored in Kerala
Domestic flights begin from Kochi naval air base; focus on communications, power & water supply
A battered Kerala began picking up the pieces on Monday as the rain abated and water began receding from flood-affected areas even as the Central government said the situation in the State had been categorised as an L3 level disaster under the National Disaster Management Guidelines. (L3 is the highest disaster categorisation by scale and population of the devastated area. )
The State government has convened an all-party meeting on Tuesday to discuss the flood havoc. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the rescue operations would continue till the last of the marooned victims were brought to safety.
Death toll 223
As many as six deaths were reported in the State on Monday, taking the toll since August 8 to 223. A total of 10,28,073 people, including 1,01,049 children, were housed in 3,274 relief camps. Road, rail and air traffic were partially restored.
Efforts were on to resume communication services and power and water supply. Distribution of relief material was stepped up, even as people began returning to their houses. Local collectives were constituted to help residents clean up their houses and disinfect water sources. Medical teams began fanning out across the districts.
Domestic flights from Kochi began from the naval air base on Monday with carriers using small aircraft. A medical team began an arduous trek to Palakkad’s Nelliyampathy hill station, which was cut off by landslips.
Responding to a public interest petition in the High Court, Assistant Solicitor General N. Nagaresh said there was no provision in the statute or manuals to declare a disaster as ‘National Calamity.’ He however said the Centre considered the flood situation in Kerala as a disaster of serious nature.
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