Rescue operations in full swing, Centre declares disaster calamity of severe nature

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# 09:07 AM: MP Police has donated Rs 1.31 crore to Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. Vijayan said there has been demands from various quarters to declare the floods as a national calamity. Officials from Kerala had called to thank Telangana for its help so far including Rs 25 crore cash, 50 reverse osmosis water purifiers and nutritious food for children.

He said thousands of people poured into the college a few days after the floods began, when other low-lying relief camps were inundated.

Under the present arrangement, Kerala can obtain three per cent of its gross state domestic product (GSDP) as loans and wants it to be raised to 4.5 per cent so the state can mobilise an additional Rs 10,500 crore from the open market, he said. Relief and restoration operations are on across the state. Many non-governmental organisations have sent their volunteers to the state to help in rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended $100 million as financial assistance to rebuild the flood-ravaged state.

Kerala Water Authority and Kerala State Electricity Board were trying to restore water and power supply in vast areas that are without power and tap water for the last several days.

A disaster management official said 6,000 people were stranded, many of them trapped, including in worst-hit areas like Chengannur.

"This shows the sorry state of affairs in the Congress party and I think, it is anti-people".

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Mr. Vijaram has also warned against the spread of "fake news" leading people to panic over unconfirmed reports such as rumors of a looming fuel shortage that caused gridlock at petrol stations and speculation that the giant Mullaperiyar dam might burst.

Thousands of people in flood-ravaged south India waded August 20 through muck and mud to begin the huge task of cleaning their homes and businesses.

Mahesh oversees four relief camps in his village, which itself escaped flood damage. There is nothing to look forward to. "This is what we needed", he said.

"It was only by luck that we got back here", she added.

In a tragic fallout of the floods, unprecedented in about a century, a 19-year-old boy committed suicide in Kozhikode district after his class 12 certificate got destroyed in the deluge.

"The immediate concern is rescue and disease but in the long term, India will have to plan taking into account the rising risk of climate events", said Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, India Adaptation Strategy Head at the World Resources Institute.

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