Vijayan urges Malayalies to donate one month salary to rebuild KeralaAugust 26, 2018 19:41
As relief and rehabilitation work began in flood ravaged Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today urged all Malayalees to donate one month salary to rebuild the state, where the death toll has now touched 302 and over four lakh are still in relief camps.
In many districts, people have started moving from camps to their homes after cleaning work has been completed.
The receding flood waters had left mounds of mud and debris in their homes and surroundings.
The toll today climbed to 302 with more bodies being recovered, a government press release.
Vijayan also reviewed ongoing relief operations.
There are still 4.62 lakh people in 1,435 relief camps.
At least three lakh houses have been cleaned so far.
As Kerala struggles to stand on her feet, waterlogging of homes in various places, especally in Kuttanad region of the worst hitAlapuzha district continues to be a worrying factor.
Huge pumps will be used to flush out water from homes and premises, after which the cleaning process will be taken up by removing the accumulated silt, authorities said. -- PTI
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