India flood death toll rises to 227

Rahul is expected to visit relief camps at Kottakal in Nilambur Mambad Edavannappara and attend a review meeting at the Malappuram Collectorate Congress sources said

In Pathanamthitta, all educational institutions functioning as relief camps will continue to remain shut on Wednesday also.

"We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people".

"The state government will do everything possible to give maximum help and support to all, so that they come back to normal life very quickly".

The death toll, which is likely to increase as rescue workers sift through debris, reached at least 147 on Sunday, Reuters reported, citing state officials.

Over 2.5 people across 14 districts affected from heavy downpour while 32 people sustained injuries due to flood-related incidents.

As the rains receded, rescue operations in affected areas have become smooth, he said, adding that the next major rescue task was to evacuate people from mudslide-prone areas.

Gandhi also visited relief camps at Kavalapara, where a mudslide on Friday wiped out an entire village. Over 6.73 lakh people and 50,000 animals were rescued.

Vijayan, during a review meeting with collectors through video conference, also asked district authorities to provide temporary lodging for those who had lost their houses, even after the relief camps are wound up. At Meppadi, he spoke to a young girl, with Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala playing the translator between them. His next visits are to the camps in Munderi and Panamaram.

The chief minister has also announced Rs 1 lakh to those whose houses have been damaged, to take up fix work, and Rs 5,000 monthly to those staying in rental accommodation till their houses are ready. Red alert was issued in Idukki, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts on Tuesday, and in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow, Rahul Gandhi will take stock of the situation in Kannur from where he will return to Delhi", said a staff attached to Chennithala, who is accompanying the former Congress president.

Rescue operations in Maharashtra's flood-hit Kolhapur and Sangli districts are over, officials said, adding that with waters receding, the focus is now more on providing essential supplies to the affected people.

According to an India Meterological Department update, heavy rains are likely in the next two days in south Kerala. Six trains have been partially cancelled and two trains diverted.

The state on Monday announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to those who have lost their houses completely in the floods and landslides, to take up construction work, Rs 1 lakh to those whose houses were damaged and Rs 5,000 monthly to those staying in rental accommodations till their houses are ready.



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