Rains subside but Kerala continues to suffer
Even though rains in Kerala subsided on Thursday, the after affects of the heavy monsoon rains that have claimed 32 lives since Sunday night continue to be felt.
The maximum number of deaths has been reported from Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta districts. Trissur, Idukki and Ernakulam have also been affected.
Officials said the rains have affected about 35,000 people who have been put up in nearly 500 relief camps. The state assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution demanding relief assistance of Rs 2.5 billion from the central government.
"Even though the government has promised free ration in affected areas, it is yet to happen in full swing. My district is reeling under fever and rains have made things worse. It would take at least a week before normalcy is restored," said Pathanamthitta legislator K Sivadasan Nair.
According to estimates, the state has suffered losses of Rs 4 billion since Monday due to the heavy rains. Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan announced that all those who have lost their homes in the rains would be given land or new homes.
On account of heavy rains, country boats have been plying on the flooded roads of Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode districts. Even though the rains have subsided, it will take a long time for the water to recede.
Vehicular traffic on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in Palakkad and Thekkady has also been disrupted due to landslides. Rail traffic between Kottayam and Ernakulam remained suspended Thursday following landslides at Kurupunthura.
The rains have taken a huge toll on paddy cultivation in Alappuzha district as many paddy fields were submerged in water. Large-scale destruction of crops has also been reported from other districts.