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Kerala floods HIGHLIGHTS: Amid aid row, focus now on massive clean-up drive in rain-ravaged state

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's exercise to review relief camps comes a day after reports suggested that the Centre government is not keen on accepting UAE's Rs 700-crore financial assistance. The CM, however, refused to be drawn into any controversy over it.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 23, 2018 10:44:22 pm
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during his visit to a relief camp in Chengannur (Twitter/CMOKerala)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday reviewed the condition of relief camps in Chengannur, Kozhencherry, Alappuzha, North Paravoor and Chalakudy. Over 10 lakh people, including 2.12 lakh women and 1 lakh children below 12 years of age, are taking shelter in 3,200 relief camps. The CM, after visiting several relief camps, addressed a press conference and said that people’s problems must be the priority across party lines.

The CM’s review exercise comes a day after reports suggested that the government is not keen on accepting UAE’s Rs 700-crore financial assistance.  Vijayan, however, refused to be drawn into a controversy over it.

“As I understand, UAE on its own has proposed this aid. UAE cannot be considered as any other nation, as their rulers have underlined. Indians, especially Keralites have contributed immensely in their nation-building. Having said this, I do not intend to enter into any politics over it. Let’s study and understand the nuances,” he said in an interview with The Indian Express.

With rescue operations coming to an end in the flood-ravaged state, the focus has now shifted to relief and rehabilitation.

Kerala is facing its worst floods in nearly a century that has left at least 231 people dead, and forced 3.14 lakh people out of their homes. The Centre has declared this calamity of ‘severe nature’.

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Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, the national general secretary of the CPI — the second biggest constituent in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala — also accused the Centre of “standing on false prestige” on the issue of foreign aid at times of natural disasters.

He said when a country faced a natural calamity, it was normal for other nations to offer aid, and recalled that India had helped Nepal and Bangladesh in such situations in the past and even made an offer to Pakistan when there was an earthquake in the neighbouring country. “In such circumstances, we can accept from the UNO and the UAE…whoever supports unconditionally without strings…we should accept it,” Reddy told PTI.

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"In response to the devastating monsoon floods that swept across large parts of the southern Indian state of Kerala, the European Union has allocated an initial contribution of Euro 190,000 in humanitarian aid funding to support the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) for immediate relief assistance," the EU said in a statement.

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14:24 (IST)23 Aug 2018
Photos from areas near Adimaly in Idukki district which faced heavy impact from landslides.

(Express photo by Vishnu Varma)
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Visuals from Kathipara in Idukki district
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Forest Minister K Raju apologises for his Germany trip

Kerala Forest Minister K Raju on Thursday issued an apology for taking a trip to Germany while the state faced its worst flood in nearly a century.

'I left for Germany on August 16 to attend a programme of the World Malayalee Council near Bonn. I returned in four days but by that time, the flood situation in the state was already out of control... The timing of the trip was ill-timed and wrong,' said Raju, according to IANS.

13:24 (IST)23 Aug 2018
Pictures from CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s visit to a relief camp in Chengannur

(Source : Twitter/CMOKerala)

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Clean-up operations across Kerala at full swing

The government has set up a control room in Thiruvananthapuram to coordinate the cleaning process across the state. According to PTI, civic bodies have been consigned with the task of managing the work.

Haritha Kerala Mission, a mission integrating waste management, organic farming and water resources management, plans to deploy 50 high-power pump sets in different areas by tomorrow to pace up the cleaning process.

CM Vijayan had earlier asked a special package of Rs 2,600 crore from the Centre. So far the Central government has granted Rs 600 crore for relief works. A special assembly session will also be held on August 30 to discuss relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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