The Centre has declared the disastrous floods in Kerala a “calamity of severe nature” as the state faces a himalayan task of reconstruction and rehabilitation of lakhs of people rendered homeless.
A home ministry official was quoted as saying said in New Delhi that this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes in view of the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides. As many as 223 people have died and more than ten lakh people shifted to relief camps.
With the classification of “calamity of a severe nature”, kerala will get greater monetary and other assistance from the Centre. There has been a demand from many quarters to declare the calamity as a national disaster.
As per preliminary estimates, the state has so far suffered a loss of nearly rs 20,000 crore-
An all party meeting will be held here on Tuesday to take stock of the flood situation.
With flood water level receding in many places, people have started returning to their homes and begun cleaning operations.
Lt. Gen. D R Soni, the chief of the Army’s Southern Command, told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram that rescue operations were still continuing and drones being used to help reach to people trapped in areas not easily accessible.
He said 1,500 army personnel were engaged in rescue operations and people stranded on rooftops and inaccesible areas were being winched with the help of defence helicopters.