Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

AB de Villiers Sends Condolences to Flood Victims of Kerala

AB de Villiers Sends Condolences to Flood Victims of Kerala

Pressure intensified Saturday to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century.

The Indian government said a naval air base in Kochi would be opened for commercial flights starting Monday morning.

"The force has intensified its rescue and relief operations in the flood-ravaged state of Kerala". We are trying to rescue people.

Surjewala said the party also demanded that Kerala floods be declared as a "national calamity" and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to play politics in such matters.

"What prevails in Kerala is not a situation that is going out of control", the chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, said at the weekend. "Dear PM, increasing funds allocated for Kerala relief to Rs. 500 crore is a good step but nowhere near enough".

I believe that under your able guidance and leadership, the people of Kerala would recover soon from the losses that they have suffered.

This humanitarian gesture coincides with the launch of a fundraising campaign targeting more than QR4mn to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 60,000 people through food, medical and shelter assistance.

Incessant rains since August 8 have caused the state's worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides.

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Thousands of homes have been destroyed and more than 10,000km of roads damaged across the state.

Vijayan, the chief minister, has requested extra funding as well as 20 more helicopters and 600 motorised boats to step up the rescue efforts.

The 33 deaths were reported from Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government despatched a special rescue team comprising 66 disaster response and fire services personnel, a district fire officer, 12 motorboats and other equipment to Kerala. It is critical you declare the floods as a National Disaster.

Officials pleaded for more help as the stranded people were waiting to be rescued.

Flaying the state for "failing in the endeavour", Leader of Opposition Chennithala said, "I have been flooded with calls from the affected persons". "What we need right now is bottled water, which is easy to transport to remote and isolated places, where some people are still stranded", Kurian said.

The situation in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad and Wayanad inched towards comparative normalcy as rains slowed and water level receded, with many living in crowded relief camps awaiting to return home.

The floods have caused an estimated $3 billion in damage but the bill is likely to rise as the scale of devastation becomes clearer.

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