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Rains abate, flood waters recede as relief pours into Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 20 (IANS) With the rains that battered Kerala for a week finally abating on Monday, water levels dropped in the swollen rivers even as the number of people who have taken shelter in relief camps crossed the one million mark.

A total of 10,28,000 people were now housed in 3,274 camps in the flood-hit districts, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the media while tonnes of emergency aid poured in from all over the country.

Officials have so far admitted to some 370 deaths, most of them occurring after the monsoon rains turned into a fury on August 9, forcing authorities to open the sluice gates of numerous dams across the state.

Monday did see some people return to their homes from camps in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram and parts of Pathanamthitta after volunteers working selflessly helped to clean up their muddy homes.

Fifty cases of snake bites were reported in these areas as snakes from overflowing ponds had entered homes, the officials and volunteers said.

Rains in the catchment areas of the major dams in Idukki district subsided. The outflow of water from both the Mullaperiyar and Idukki dams has been reduced.

As a result, the water intake into the Periyar and its tributaries that flow through Ernakulam and Thrissur has come down considerably.

By and large the sky was clear on Monday.

On Monday, helicopters were engaged in rescue operations in places where people were still marooned — in parts of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts. Small boats helped to ferry people from interior Chengannur and Pandalam areas.

Other helicopters transported food and relief materials from here to affected areas.

Finance Minister Thomas Issac, who is overseeing the rescue operations in Kuttanadu area in Alappuzha district, said 1.25 lakh people had been moved to relief camps in the district.

Neliyamapathy in Palakkad remained cut off from the main district headquarters as the roads have been badly damaged. Essential items are being airdropped.

An Army officer said the roads would be made motorable, at least for jeeps, on Tuesday.

Waters in the Cochin airport, which was shut on August 15 after flood waters entered the operational area, receded on Monday. Small aircraft started operating from the Cochin Naval airbase.

On Monday, following a request from the Kerala government, the State Level Bankers Committee decided to provide a moratorium on agricultural loans for a year.

While seeking help was the prerogative of the Indian government, “I am here in close consultation with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to explore what help could be possible”, he tweeted.

The central government flew 100 tonnes of pulses and 52 tonnes of emergency medicines to Kerala, which is receiving donations in cash and kind from all over the country. Volunteers have also poured in from many states.

State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran said that all those who suffered property losses would be compensated.

The railways started operations in the Kottayam and Shornur routes.

The Kerala State Road Transport Corp too began services from many depots and it was expected to be fully functional in a day or two.

Kerala has faced the heaviest rains and floods since 1924, leading to unprecedented destruction.

Indian Navy personnel carry out rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala’s Thrissur on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)

Indian Army personnel carry out rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala’s Chengannur, on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@adgpi)

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Mumbai: A team of Doctors leave for Kerala along with medical relief material as part of the Maharashtra Government’s initiative to help the victims of the flood-hit Kerala, in Mumbai on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

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Thiruvalla: Indian Air Force sets up a medical camp for flood-affected people of Thiruvalla in Kerala on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

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Kochi: Passengers at the Kochi Naval Airport on Aug 20, 2018. Commercial flight operations commenced on Monday from the Naval airport of Kochi after the Cochin International Airport was shut down following heavy rains and floods in Kerala. (Photo: IANS)

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Kerala: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel distribute relief material amongst flood-affected people, in Kerala on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

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    Chengannur: Indian Army personnel carry out rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala's Chengannur, on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@adgpi)

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    Mumbai: A team of Doctors leave for Kerala along with medical relief material as part of the Maharashtra Government's initiative to help the victims of the flood-hit Kerala, in Mumbai on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

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    Thiruvalla: Indian Air Force sets up a medical camp for flood-affected people of Thiruvalla in Kerala on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

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    Kochi: Passengers at the Kochi Naval Airport on Aug 20, 2018. Commercial flight operations commenced on Monday from the Naval airport of Kochi after the Cochin International Airport was shut down following heavy rains and floods in Kerala. (Photo: IANS)

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    Kerala: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel distribute relief material amongst flood-affected people, in Kerala on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

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Uttar Pradesh: Minor raped in Gonda, body dumped in school toilet

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Lucknow, Sep 22: The body of a minor girl was found dumped in a school toilet in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 

According to Prime facie, it appears to be rape, Gonda Supredent of Police told news agency IANS.

The body was found in the primary school toilet in Basanatpur village. Forensic experts have taken samples from the crime scene and a probe is underway to nab those responsible, Singh said.

As per the reports, some youths of the area have been detained for questioning.

A six-year-old- girl had come with her grandparents to a relatives’ house to attend a religious ceremony. She had gone missing since Thursday late night.

Later, her body was found on Saturday after the school reopened following a day’s holiday for Moharram.

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Woman, differently-abled daughter murdered in Delhi’s Mianwali

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New Delhi, Sep 22: A 60-year-old woman and her differently-abled daughter were found murdered at their residence in Delhi’s Mianwali area on Saturday.

Shashi Talwar was found with her throat slit while her 40-year-old daughter, Nidhi, was killed with blunt force. They were reportedly found with their hands and mouths tied; police said.

Ruling out the possibility of robbery, police said that the entry in the house was friendly because there were 2 teacups lying in the drawing room. The pieces of jewellery were intact.

The bodies were first found by their maid, who called the police. “There is no CCTV outside the home. The maid went inside from another door,” police stated.

Shashi Talwar’s husband died two years ago. She has one son living in Canada and another one in Mumbai.

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Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh receives fresh snowfall

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Rohtang Pass near Manali received fresh snowfall on Saturday.

Fresh snowfall has also occurred on Kullu and Lahaul’s peaks.

With the Rohtang Pass, fresh snowfall in Kullu and Lahaul’s peaks has resulted in a significant decrease in temperature. In Lahaul Spiti, the mountains are blooming with snow. Tourists who reached Rohtang took full enjoyment of the snowfall.

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