The Kerala government on Sunday informed the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) that the situation in the flood-ravaged state of Kerala was gradually improving, even as some rainfall was forecast for the coastal state from Monday onward.
Meanwhile with over 6.33 lakh people taking shelter in 3,000 relief camps, the government on Sunday directed the central ministries to focus on providing essential commodities and medicine and restoration of vital services in flood-hit Kerala. One of the worst ever floods, it has left about 370 people dead and caused unprecedented destruction.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) in its review meeting directed that focus should now be on provision of emergency supplies of food, water, medicines and restoration of essential services such as power, fuel, telecom and transport links as flood water recedes in Kerala till now and rescue operations have been stepped up in a number of badly-affected locations, the NDRF said on Sunday.
“Though the condition is improving in some places as water has started receding, NDRF has scaled up its response in places which are still affected like Thiruvalla and Chengannur (Alappuzha), Aleva (Ernakulum) and parts of Idukki,” a force spokesperson said.
The rainfall intensity has decreased over the last two days, the meteorology department said on Sunday, adding that there is no alert of heavy precipitation for the next four days in the state.
“Over the past three days, we have seen a gradual decrease in rainfall in the state,” said India Meteorological Department’s Additional Director General Mritunjay Mohapatra.
The IMD said it is expecting “heavy rainfall” only in Kozhikode, Kannur and Idduki districts.