Kannan Gopinathan, a 2012 batch IAS officer serving as district collector in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, had arrived in Kerala on August 26 as the state battled devastation from deadly floods. read more
Congress president Rahul Gandhi began a two-day visit to Kerala on Tuesday as he met people in relief camps in Chengannur in Alappuzha district of the state hit by devastating floods, which killed hundreds and displaced thousands. Gandhi arrived in Thiruvananthapuram in the morning and took a helicopter to Chengannur. The Congress chief’s first stop was the relief camp set up in the Christian College in Chengannur, where he spoke to people living there. He also visited another camp at an engineering college.The leader of opposition in the Kerala assembly Ramesh Chennithala and Congress’ state unit president MM Hassan were among those present at the camps.read more
Kerala floods: Sights of death and destruction are all around. Many areas in Pandanad near Chengannur in Alappuzha district are still covered in mud and slush as animal carcasses are strewn around and their stench has filled the air. read more
A woman cries as she holds her son after they were evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva, Kerala, on August 18, 2018. As of Tuesday there are a total of 10,28,073 people in 5,645 relief camps across the state of Kerala since the start of the rains. As rains and floodwaters begin receding from many areas in Kerala, rescue operations are scaling down and said to be in their final stages.
Officials said there was no dearth of food and essential supplies as the relief material from across the country had begun pouring in. They admitted co-ordination remained a problem given the sheer magnitude of the disaster. read more