Red Alert Withdrawn From All Districts, Relief And Rescue Continue

In some respite from Kerala, red alert has been withdrawn from all the districts of Kerala. Eleven districts are on orange alert. The centre and states have pledged to contribute to Kerala flood relief. About 357 people have died and lakhs have been relocated to relief camps. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas after reports that it had been called off due to bad weather condition in Kerala. The met office has however said that the state is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from Monday. Except for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod, a red alert has been issued for all the districts.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked PM Modi to declare Kerala floods a natural disaster. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has called it the worst floods in a century in Kerala, however said the state needed at least Rs. 2,000 crore in immediate assistance. Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state. A Navy airstrip will be used for passenger flights from Monday.

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