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Kerala Floods Update: After The Devastation, Focus On Rebuilding

(Source – PIB)

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Kerala Floods Update: After The Devastation, Focus On Rebuilding

The state government has demanded a special relief package from the Centre.

As the waters begin receding in many parts, Kerala is staring at the challenging task of rebuilding the infrastructure that has been damaged. This Kerala floods update shows that the areas needing immediate attention include roads and transport, water and power supply, and a healthcare network to deal with diseases that are likely to follow.

Relief has been pouring in, though the Centre is believed to be against accepting financial assistance from foreign countries, like the Rs 700 crore offered by the UAE, in keeping with past practice.

The Kerala government has said that the losses suffered by the state stand at over Rs 19,500 crore so far. It has demanded:

  • A special package for Central schemes. This includes a Rs 26,000 crore MNREGA package.
  • An increase in the ceiling on borrowing by the state to 4.5% of the GDP against the existing 3%. This will help Kerala raise an additional Rs 10,500 crore from the market, says the Chief Minister.

Kerala Floods Update In Numbers

  • Over 200 people have been killed and thousands are reported to have been displaced.
  • Over 10.7 lakh people are staying at nearly 3,200 relief camps set up at several centres.
  • Nearly 10,000 km of roads have been damaged due to the floods.

(Read – Kerala Floods: Moving Images After An Unprecedented Natural Disaster)

An unprecedented restoration effort is meanwhile underway across the state.

Kerala Floods Update: Kochi Airport Repair

Kerala Floods Update: After The Devastation, Focus On Rebuilding

File photo of the flooded Kochi International Airport. (Source – Twitter account of PIB)

The Kochi International Airport has been shut since 15 August, after flood waters breached its boundary walls and inundated the runway and operational areas.

A massive exercise is now underway to make the airport operational at the earliest. A report by India Today quoted a senior official as saying that nearly 250 personnel were engaged in the restoration efforts and that the immediate focus was on getting the runway operational. The airport is likely to resume operations by 26 August.

With the international airport being shut, the Indian Navy had opened its Kochi air station to civilian flights.

Teams of the Indian Navy meanwhile went about trying to restore the supply of fresh water in the affected regions.

Kerala Floods Update: Last Phases Of Rescue

Kerala Floods Update: After The Devastation, Focus On Rebuilding

A team of the Indian Army carries out relief operations in Chengannur. (Source – Twitter account of ADGPI-Indian Army)

Here is how members of a family thanked the Indian Navy after a successful rescue.

Here is a video of the rescue of wheel-chair bound woman partially paralysed waist downward.

The Indian Navy clarified later that the woman was not pregnant

The Indian Coast Guard shared a video of a day-night rescue operation in the Thiruvella area on Twitter.

The Indian Army posted a Twitter update on relief and rescue operations.

Cycle Of Help, And Hope

As nature’s fury continued to take a toll, there were some heartwarming stories of how individuals were trying to help Kerala in this hour of crisis.

Anupriya, a child from Vizhuppuram in Tamil Nadu, donated the Rs 9,000 she had saved in her piggy bank over four years to buy a bicycle towards flood relief.

This drew an appreciative response from Pankaj M Munjal, Chairman and Managing Director of Hero Motors, who promised to give her a new bike every year of her life.

Meanwhile, this post shared on Twitter by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis highlights a touching gesture by young chess champion Suhani Lohia.

NGOs and social organisations continue to do their bit to provide relief.

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