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Kerala Floods: 7,24,649 people housed in 5645 relief camps

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 19 (UNI) About 7,24,649 people are housed in 5,645 relief camps in Kerala, which witnessed its ever worst flood disaster in this century, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Addressing a press conference here this evening, the Chief Minister said about 22,034 people have been rescued from low lying areas today. As the rescue operation is nearing the final stage, in the coming days, the next priority of the Government is to rehabilitate the flood victims, he added.

With the finding of 13 more dead bodies on Sunday, the death toll rose to 370 in the state in connection with rain related incidents since May 29.

As many as 221 bridges were damaged in the flood and in which 59 bridges are still submerged in water, he said, adding, the preliminary estimated loss due to the destruction of roads is Rs 4,441 crore and the final estimates will be assessed after the water recede.

According to various reports, in Kuttanand itself, out of 2.10 lakh population, 1.5 lakh people were shifted to various relief camps due to flood and heavy rains. About 388 missing cases have also been reported till last evening, Vijayan said.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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