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Flood-battered Kerala heads for grim Onam

Onam commemorates the return of mythical demon king Mahabali to see his beloved subjects at the beginning of 'Chingam', the first month of the Malayalam Calendar.

A youth dressed as King Mahabali on the occasion of Onam at St Anthony's relief camp on Friday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

A youth dressed as King Mahabali on the occasion of Onam at St Anthony's relief camp on Friday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

In Vechoor village, Kottayam district, celebrations were held at St Anthony's relief camp on Friday. (Express photo/Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

In Vechoor village, Kottayam district, celebrations were held at St Anthony's relief camp on Friday. (Express photo/Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

In Pachalam, people were seen standing outside a wine shop ahead of the festival. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

In the wake of the floods which claimed 231 lives since August 8 and destroyed property worth crores, Kerala has decided not to observe Onam this year. One of the most crowded markets in Aluva town wore a deserted look on Friday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

In the wake of the floods which claimed 231 lives since August 8 and destroyed property worth crores, certain parts of the state decided not to observe Onam this year. One of the most crowded markets in Aluva town wore a deserted look on Friday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

Located on the banks of Periyar river, Aluva town was one of the worst hit areas this year. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

Located on the banks of Periyar river, Aluva town was one of the worst hit areas this year. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

Over 10,000 people living on the banks of Periyar river and its tributaries were shifted to 78 camps opened in Ernakulam district as part of measures following release of water from two major dams. Officials said 10,510 people were provided shelter at 78 relief camps opened in Paravoor, Aluva, Kanayannur and Kunnathunad taluks in the district. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

Over 10,000 people living on the banks of Periyar river and its tributaries were shifted to 78 camps opened in Ernakulam district as part of measures following release of water from two major dams. Officials said 10,510 people were provided shelter at 78 relief camps opened in Paravoor, Aluva, Kanayannur and Kunnathunad taluks in the district. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

On Thursday, the Centre said Rs 600 crore released to the flood-ravaged state was only the advance assistance and that additional funds would be released when an inter-ministerial team visits the state again to assess the damage. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

On Thursday, the Centre said Rs 600 crore released to the flood-ravaged state was only the advance assistance and that additional funds would be released when an inter-ministerial team visits the state again to assess the damage. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)