Kerala’s worst floods in the century have left 373 dead and over a million people homeless. Life in the state came to standstill. The centre declared the floods as ‘Level 3’ calamity. The last two weeks have been tough for one of the most developed states of the country.
The rain Gods showed some respite as sun appeared in certain parts of Kerala on 21st August 2018 and water levels began dropping. Rescue operations came to an end on Tuesday. However, people are struggling to restart a normal life. While a lot of people are returning to their homes in several parts of the state, many are still sheltered in 3,274 relief camps across the state.
The Railways and Kochi metro that had stopped operations on 16th August 2018 have resumed services now. Indian Railways have resumed operations in most routes and also arranged 74 special trains (61 passenger trains and 13 express trains) to help the stranded across the state.
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation also resumed services across the state. And to enable free movement of relief materials, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) announced to waive off toll at three plazas in the state (Thrissur’s Paliekkara, Palakkad’s Pampampallam and Cochin’s Kumbalam.).
The Trivandrum and Calicut airports were open, operations ceased on August 15th in the Kochi airport due to floods and will resume operations on 29th August, 2018.
The main challenge for the state now is disaster management. Medical teams are working across the state to prevent the outbreak of diseases (such as dengue, malaria, diarrhoea, chikungunya) caused by unclean water.
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