Thiruvananthapuram : The death toll mounted to 72 in Kerala floods even as rains abated on Sunday after pounding the state for days, while the situation remained grim in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat where 97 people have lost their lives so far due to the monsoon fury.
Over 2.51 lakh people have been shifted to state government erected 1639 relief camps across Kerala. Since August 8, the toll has gone up to 72, with 58 people still missing, as per the latest report issued by the government at 7 pm Sunday. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited a relief camp at Wayanad and patiently heard the woes of the people who were displaced from their homes following flooding and destruction of their dwellings.
Gandhi also visited Kavalappara a 10 acre settlement near Nilambur in Malappuram, which bore the brunt of a massive landslide on August 8. Local people said there was no sign of the 35 odd houses after the landslide and at least 65 people are suspected to have been buried alive.
The official also said nearly 50 bodies are suspected to be buried under the soil. IAF helicopters of Southern Air Command dropped over 1,000 kg of food items in multiple sorties over the flood affected areas of Malappuram district, a Defence press release said. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a meeting with senior officials on Sunday morning to review the flood situation and later told reporters that even though the rains had subsided in the state, people should remain vigilant.