Rain abates in India's flood-hit Kerala, fears of disease in camps

Rain abates in India's flood-hit Kerala, fears of disease in camps

Roads and 134 bridges have been damaged, cutting off remote areas in the hilly districts of Kerala which are worst affected.

Indian volunteers from the Haridwar Mitra Mandal Charitable Trust load water aid to be shipped to flood-hit Kerala, in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

"The response from all across the country has been very well what needs to be done now is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should declare this crisis as a anational disaster", said Yechury.

The trains were packed with flood affected people moving to the houses of their friends and relatives. Contribution in the form of cash can be sent to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. A group of 10 doctors from the Malayali diaspora have launched a Facebook initiative to monitor the health conditions of Kerala's flood-affected people and to facilitate prompt interventions. "The Executive Committee of Indian Social Club Sohar requests you to open your hearts and wallets to donate towards this cause", the Indian Social Club Sohar said. Indicating the worldwide attention the Kerala floods have attracted, worshippers at St Peter's Square in the Vatican on Sunday held aloft signs that read "Pray for Kerala".

India's southern state of Kerala may get some much needed relief in the coming days as the forecast shows less rain for the area that has been dealing with deadly monsoon floods for more than a week.

State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said over 320 people have lost their lives in Kerala until now and added Maharashtra should lend a helping hand to the southern state in these hard times.

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"I also congratulate the entire community for standing together to face and address the situation efficiently".

"Kerala is witnessing an unprecedented challenge and it calls for the unified efforts of all to support the state and its people".

Rescue teams said they were prioritizing the elderly, infants and the sick for airlift to safer places, while airdropping food and water to those left behind. The Chief Minister today informed Prime Minister Modi that the State has suffered a loss of 19,512 crore on initial assessment.

He added that the government "is providing all possible assistance to Kerala". My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives due to incessant flooding across Kerala.

The death toll in the disastrous Kerala floods is at 194 and climbing, even as rescuers stepped up efforts to evacuate people displaced by the relentless rain and floods of the last 10 days. "Please, please!" state legislator Saji Cherian said on a Kerala-based TV news channel, the Indian Express newspaper reported. Travel advisoryThe Sultanate's Consulate General in Mumbai has urged its citizens to be careful. "They must abide by the local government's warnings and security measures".

Those returning home from relief camps were in for a shock, seeing muddy interiors of their homes, floating furniture, damaged books and reptiles and snails crawling inside.

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