Amidst the efforts to rehabilitate Kerala after being hit by the worst deluge of the century are garnering acceleration, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged all the Malayalis to donate one month salary to help rebuild teh state.
In many districts, people have started moving from camps to their homes after cleaning work has been completed. The receding flood waters had left mounds of mud and debris in their homes and surroundings. The death toll on Sunday climbed to 302 with more bodies being recovered, according to a government press release. Vijayan also reviewed ongoing relief operations. There are still 4.62 lakh people in 1,435 relief camps. At least three lakh houses have been cleaned so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the humanitarian assistance rendered to victims of Kerala floods by people from all walks of life, saying irrespective of age group or area of work, people are contributing for the cause. He also put on record his appreciation for the role rendered by the army, air force, navy, NDRF, BSF, CISF and the RAF in relief and rescue operations.
“Yesterday was the festival of Onam. We pray for Onam to provide strength to the country, especially Kerala, so that it returns to normalcy on a newer journey of development. Once again on behalf of all Indians, I would like to reassure each and everyone in Kerala and other affected places that at this moment of calamity, the entire country stands by them,” Modi said in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ address. He said the loss of lives cannot be compensated, but he assured the grief-stricken families that in this moment of suffering, every Indian stands by them shoulder to shoulder.