Rain Abates In Flood-Hit Kerala, Fears Of Disease In Camps

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The India Meteorological Department forecast on Saturday afternoon that widespread rains, with heavy rains at isolated places, are likely to continue over Kerala following low pressure area very likely to develop over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood during the next 24 hours.

Officials said the death toll in the state since the start of the monsoon on May 29 has reached 357.

BBC Tamil's Pramila Krishnan spoke to people who had escaped the flooding in Cochin.

He said the next task would be to help people get back to normal life, for which a plan was being worked out. At least 1,200 camps have been opened by the state to take in those who have been left homeless.

She lives in the town of Chengannur in Alappuzha district.

"I will not come".

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The exact death toll is not known but it is thought to be in the thousands.

300,000 Number of residents displaced.

The coastal state of India is witnessing incessant rains for two weeks which brought a terrible situation in front of the state government.

"I am trying to reach Chengannur".

In July 1924, the Periyar River in Kerala burst its banks amid monsoon season, resulting in a devastating flood. Over 6.33 lakh people are now staying in relief camps, it added.

Thousands of army, navy and air force troops have fanned out across Kerala to assist as distress calls sound out across the idyllic tourist hotspot.

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About 1,300 personnel and scores of aircraft and motorboats have been deployed for search and rescue operations, officials said. "We will coordinate with them and follow rules and regulations in India in providing aid, medical supplies and relief material", he said.

In footage released by the IAF and posted on Twitter, the officer, identified as Wing Commander Prasanth of the Garud Special Force, was shown holding the toddler as they were winched up to a helicopter which had earlier rescued the child's mother.

The northern and central parts of the state, which is home to 33 million people, have been hit the worst. A body blow has been dealt to the scenic state, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities severely hit.

The prime minister also directed the National Highways Authority of India to fix national highways damaged due to the floods on a priority basis.

At Kerala's Cochin International Airport, runways are underwater and it is expected to remain closed until August 26.

Jet Airways, meanwhile, will have additional flights from Thiruvananthapuram for passengers holding confirmed tickets from Kochi. As His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced, we will stand with our friends in the hardship that the state of Kerala has gone through due to heavy rain and floods.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveyed the state from the air on Saturday, and has promised an immediate grant of 5bn Indian rupees (£55m; $71m). Over 3.53 lakh affected persons had been lodged in over 2,000 relief camps, he said.

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