As floodwater recedes in Kerala, state government focuses on cleaning operations

Thiruvananthapuram: As rescue operations continue to help stranded people from flood-affected areas, the Kerala government on Wednesday turned its attention to cleaning houses and public places damaged in the anomalous rains which ravaged the state.

Hundreds of people lost their lives, many went missing, while thousands are left homeless and misplaced. The worst-affected district of Ernakulam had a total of 5.32 lakh people in 850 relief camps.

Relief work bring respite to flood affected Keralites. Photo: Smile Foundation

Though water has started receding in some places, areas near the river banks and Kuttanand in Alapuzha continue to be under water.

More than 3,000 squads under health and local self-government departments have started the process of cleaning houses and public places, said official sources.

Photo shared by Pradeep Sv on Facebook
Photo shared by Pradeep Sv on Facebook

About 12,000 houses were cleaned on Tuesday with about 12,000 volunteers on the field, as per officials. A group of Muslim youths cleaned up temples in Malappuram and Wayanad districts.

The state had also sought an immediate relief of Rs 2,000 crore to take up relief works and the Centre sanctioned Rs 500 crore to the state. The Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) had received donations to the tune of Rs 309 crore till Tuesday evening through online sources and deposits in the special SBI account. The UAE government also offered an amount of $100 millions (about Rs 700 crore) for the state’s reconstruction.

(With inputs from Agencies)