Kerala Flood Took 293 Lives: Government

The death toll of Kerala flood has reached to 293 and fifteen people are still missing, reveals the latest report released by the state government.

The maximum number of deaths was reported from the hilly district of Idukki, which is closest to the dam the shutters of which were opened on August 9, a day after the heavy rain started, after about 26 years. Disaster Management State Control Room figures reveal more than fifty people have died here and 10 people are still missing.

In Thrissur 43 died, in Ernakulam, 38 people lost their lives, and 34 deaths were registered in Alappuzha. In Malappuram, 30 people died. The report further reveals more than 8.69 lakh people are currently living in 2,287 relief camps.

Kerala chief ministers Pinarayi Vijayan said the state faced its worst flood in 100 years. He is now emphasizing on sanitation activities so that water-borne diseases does not outbreak in Kerala.

The CM added government has managed cleaning of 1,31,683 houses until now though it accounts to just 31 percent of the total affected houses and electricity has been restored for 23.36 lakh connections.

He further mentioned district collectors have been authorized to withdraw share from State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) from a total allotted amount of Rs 242.73 crore.

The state government had earlier declared to be offering Rs 10,000 to 3,91,494 families in 14 districts.

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