“Like Dog In Manger”, fumes flood-hit state on Centre no to foreign help

Thiruvananthapuram : With 13 lakh people put up in relief camps after the devastating floods that ravaged Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday spent time with many of them, listening to their problems and assured them of all help. Vijayan took the helicopter to visit relief camps in Chengannur, Kozhencherry, Alappuzha, North Paravoor and Chalakudy, covering three districts. “There is no need for any anxiety, government will provide funds to rebuild homes,” Vijayan told the people in the camps, many of them unable to hold back tears.

The CM, who was monitoring the rescue and relief operations from the Secretariat here, decided to visit the camps to get a first-hand knowledge of the sufferings of the people, many of whom had lost their homes and belongings in the floods, the worst in the last 100 years. Over 230 persons have been killed in the deluge.

The government has also decided to handover kits containing foodgrains, rice, sugar and dal besides clothes for children and nighties for women to people returning homes from relief camps.

As flood water receded from their homes, people complained of snakes, including cobras, crawling all over the place. Many have been bitten by snakes too, they said. With the rescue operations almost over, a massive clean-up drive of houses and public places filled with mud deposits and debris has begun. One of the major problems being faced is the carcasses of animals floating in water bodies and other places. Efforts are on to bury them.

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