The Indian central government has declared Kerala floods a ‘severe natural calamity’ that has left hundreds dead and displaced lakhs of people. Although rainfall has eased and floodwaters have started receding, the threat of diseases due to mosquito infestation is becoming a cause of great concern for authorities.
Efforts to restore essential services is going on parallel with relief and rescue in the state, where at least a thousand people are still stranded at five villages around Chengannur – a town in Alappuzha. Phone connectivity has been restored in 90% of the state and there is enough fuel and animal fodder, the authorities said after a meeting.
“We are slowly winding down rescue operations and concentrating on relief and rehabilitation,” E Chandrasekharan, Kerala’s revenue minister said. “About 95 percent of people affected have been rescued and put up in relief camps. We are hoping to reach out to everyone by end of day today.”