Shortage of medicine, drinking water for Kerala flood survivors

Rescuers plead for help as thousands stranded in flooded Kerala

Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

High-range Idukki district, Malappuram and Thrissur are among the worst-hit.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had yesterday spoken to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan about the situation in the rain-ravaged state and assured him of providing all possible help. In a tweet, he said that more than 314,000 people were now living in more than 2,000 emergency relief camps set up in the area.

Due to heavy currents in the flooded river, Chalakudy and Chengannur are now in serious need of help. In the rain-battered Kerala, 194 people have so far lost their lives since 8 August.

Rescue workers have yet to reach many flooded areas, some too narrow for boats to navigate. "The Prime Minister should declare this crisis as a national disaster". The Railways will transport relief material to Kerala free of cost.

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In Kerala, the 1924 flood is usually referred to as the "flood of 99", as it was the year 1099 in the Malayalam Calendar. We need hundreds of thousands of electricians, plumbers, carpenters to rush to Kerala. Indian Social Club, Sohar, in association with a few NGOs is putting in place a mechanism to collect new clothes to be sent to the affected areas.

While more than 300,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps, particular fears have been raised for Chengannur, about 120km north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has been cut off for four days. The situation in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad and Wayanad inched towards comparative normalcy as rains slowed and the water level receded, with many living in crowded relief camps awaiting to return home. Khalsa Aid is widely known for their selfless service to people in distress. Various non-governmental organisations have come in support of flood victims. Vijayan said a total of 82,442 rescues were made Friday. Just in the last 24 hours, 33 people were killed by the floods, reported India Today.

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Other UAE-based businessmen had pledged amounts to help in flood relief operations.

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According to India's weather bureau, since the beginning of June more than 321 centimetres of rain has fallen on the hilly central Kerala district of Idukki, which is now nearly cut off from the rest of the state.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveyed the state from the air on Saturday, and has promised an immediate grant of 5bn Indian rupees (£55m; $71m). This is in addition to Rs. 100 crore announced by the Home Minister on 12.08.2018.

Vijayan said initial estimates were that the state had suffered losses of almost $2.8 billion.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the central assistance of Rs 500 crore was too little.

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State governments of Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and some other states have also announced assistance.

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