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Kerala Floods: Death toll rises to 357

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 19 (UNI) With the demise of 33 people on Saturday, the death toll due to rain related incidents rose to 357 since May 29 in Kerala, which witnessed its ever worst flood disaster in this century.

About 58,506 people were evacuated by various rescue agencies, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told in a press conference here.

“About 40,000 Police men, 3200 Fire service men, 600 fishing boats, 22 helicopters, 83 Navi boats, 169 teams of NDRF and their boats, 59 boats of Kerala Fire Force, 25 teams of Army Engineering, five teams of BSF, 35 teams of Coast Guard and their boats were deployed in the rescue operations on this day,” the Chief Minister said.

The joint effort of various Central and State agencies helped to ensure the co-ordination of the ongoing relief and rescue operations, he said.

Excess rain, the failure in the management of inter state reservoirs, cloud busting, low pressure were the main reasons for the disaster, the Chief Minister opined.

Pointing out that a state-controlled Joint Command and Control Centre had monitored similar rescue operations in Assam, Chennai, Gujarat and Maharashtra, he said even in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre and State were jointly operating during calamities.

Savio Rodrigues

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

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