Kerala rains: Modi resumes aerial survey of flooded Kochi after aborted first attempt
Hindustan Times: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an interim relief of Rs 500 crore for Kerala after holding a high-level meeting with state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials on Saturday. After the meeting, the Prime Minister conducted an aerial survey of the flooded area. Earlier he had to call off the survey as his chopper was called back minutes after it took off amid heavy rains .
Torrential rains have battered God’s own country since August 8, leaving over 200 people dead in landslides and floods in what is the worst natural disaster to hit the state in a century. Out of the total casualties, 150 are said to have lost their lives in the last two days.
With roads cut off and public transport virtually nonexistent, there are now fears of starvation. “If help won’t reach people will die of starvation,” said Chenganur MLA Saji Cherian. On Saturday, bodies were seen floating in flood waters – three in Pathnamthitta and four in Idukki.
An estimated four lakh people are now in relief camps, official said.
A massive relief and rescue operation involving the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, NDRF and volunteers continues to be underway. IAF rescue teams are also providing relief materials to stranded peole.
However, despite their best efforts, marooned people complained that they had to survive without food or potable water for many days. “The magnitude of the disaster is really great. We are finding it difficult to manage such a volume of affected people,” a relief official said in Kochi on Friday.