Massive Cleanup Begins as Rains and Floodwaters in Kerala Subside

Floods in Kerala have killed more than 300 with fears the toll will rise

A heavily pregnant woman was rescued on Friday by helicopter from the rooftop of her flooded home in Aluva, one of the worst-hit areas, according to Indian Navy spokesman D.K. Sharma.

More than 1,000 people have died in flooding in seven Indian states since the start of the monsoon season, including more than 350 in Kerala.

After more than a week of fierce downpours, rainfall eased Monday and flood levels fell in some districts.

Rescuers searched submerged villages in southwest India on Sunday in a desperate hunt for survivors after floods killed at least 370 people and drove more than 700,000 from their homes. "We need to assure them that the government and people were with them in the hour of tragedy", he said.

Weather officials have predicted more rains across the state through Monday morning.

Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where about 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said. Commercial flight operations from Kochi Airport commenced from August 20, a boost for rescue operations in the state. The city's global airport has been ordered shut until Sunday.

Besides Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala had wanted the Centre to declare the floods a "national disaster". P.H. Kurian, a top disaster management official in Kerala, told the AP he expects nearly all of them to be rescued by Monday.

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"We don't want well-meaning efforts for the flood victims ending up in trouble".

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said there was no shortage of food in the state as traders had stocked up ahead of Onam, the state's biggest festival which falls on August 25. There are more than seven lakh people in relief camps at the moment and the government was hopeful of carrying out rehabilitation activities with the same zeal and responsibility which was seen during rescue operations.

He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps.

Yesterday, the NCMC had directed that focus should now be on provision of emergency supplies of food, water, medicines and restoration of essential services such as power, fuel, telecom and transport links as flood water recedes in Kerala. Although floods have affected many states in small to medium scale, eight states were hit badly by intense floods and landslides.

Fishermen have sailed inland from Kerala's coast to join the search, as volunteers set up soup kitchens and an worldwide appeal was made for financial help. "We are very mindful and respectful of local laws", the Ambassador said.

It is estimated that the floods have caused damage worth $3 billion (€2.6 billion), though the sum is likely to rise as authorities grapple with the full scope of the devastation.

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