In wake of rescue operations underway in Kerala, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons on 20 August said that the authorities have housed at least one million people in numerous relief camps set up by the administration across the state.
“Today we have nearly one million people in relief camps. The district collectors are working as coordinators and providing supplies. Central forces are providing all possible services to Kerala. Biggest heroes are fishermen, they came in 600 boats and are rescuing stranded people.”
This is one of the worst ever floods in Kerala that has claimed nearly 370 lives so far and caused widespread destruction in the state.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the judges of the Supreme Court will contribute to the Kerala flood relief fund.
Life in Idukki gradually moves back to normal. ATM services also resume worked. The work is in progress to re-establish connectivity and restore communication.
Over 22,034 people had been rescued from flooded homes and other buildings with the help of various agencies, including the Navy and Air Force.
Till now, 3757 medical relief camps have been set up in the state. As requested by the State Government, 90 types of medicines, in the requested quantity are being sent.
The flood has so far caused a loss of Rs 19,512 crore.
The Centre has launched massive operations, along with Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a relief fund of Rs. 500 crore to the state.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced financial assistance of Rs 100 crore.
Following the halt of air traffic to and from Kerala’s Cochin International Airport first commercial flight landed at Kochi Naval Air Station on August 20.