UAE extends financial aid The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended Rs 700 crore as financial assistance to rebuild the flood-ravaged state said Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
An all-party meeting
Kerala government has called for an all-party meeting later in the day to take stock of the situation and work out a rehabilitation strategy. Government to prepare a comprehensive health action programme to prevent the outbreak of any water borne diseases.
A special assembly session
Kerala cabinet has decided to recommend the governor to convene a special assembly session on August 30th to discuss relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Kerala after floods.
Kerala receives aid
Tripura government today announced to donate Rs 1 crore to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. The Government of Maldives also extended help to India by donating USD 50,000 for the ongoing rescue operations. Bajaj Auto announced contribution of Rs 2 crore in aid of flood-hit Kerala today. Employees of the Central Railway announced to contribute parts of their salary to Kerala relief work.
An estimated 223 people have lost their lives since August 8. Estimates reflect damage worth more than Rs 20,000 crore. About 10.78 lakh people, including 2.12 lakh women and one lakh children under 12, have been sheltered in 3,200 relief camps. More than 10 lakh displaced people.
FMCG to Kerala’s rescue
Over a dozen FMCG firms, including ITC, Coca Cola, Pepsi and Hindustan Unilever, pledged to supply water bottle, food and necessary items to flood-hit areas of Kerala in the next two days.
Train services resume
The train services in Kayankulam-Kottayam-Ernakulam and Palakkad-Shoranur-Kozhikkode sections have been resumed. Special trains started for Trivandrum- Ernakulam section, from Madurai to Chennai, Egmore, Howarah, Gorakhpur, Bhubaneswar routes to evacuate stranded people. Water, electricity and road services resumed.
Mission animal rescue
Animal rescuers have been inundated with distress calls from desperate people who were forced to evacuate their homes without their pets. Hyderabad-based Humane Society International/India has set up an emergency helpline to coordinate animal rescue throughout Kerala.
Skilled professionals, cooked food needed
State authorities made an appeal to skilled workers like plumbers, electricians and carpenters to come to the state to make homes livable. Kerala villages in dire need of doctors and nurses to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases. Large quantity of cooked food and clothes required.
Many people found their electrical appliances and furniture ruined under thick layers of sludge and slime. Incidents of snake bites were reported from Ernakulam and Thrissur districts. A train carrying hundreds of passengers, mostly labourers who belonged to West Bengal and worked in Kerala, reached Howrah safely today.
(With inputs from agencies)