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Monsoon Rains Updates: 88 died in Kerala floods in one week

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A scene from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district

As many as 1,332 relief camps are now operational in the state.

"In this tragedy we all are standing with you", he said, addressing the people in the camp.

With rains and subsequent floods battering Kerala for the past few days, Eid celebrations in various parts of the state on Monday was a low key affair, which started and ended with prayers.

"Orange alert" has been issued in six districts - Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram - on Tuesday. "This is the site of a awful landslide that destroyed an entire village, many people are still feared to be trapped & rescue work is ongoing", he said.

The South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers, and People (SANDRP) released a detailed report stating that mismanagement in the release of water from various dams, including the Koyna, Warna and Radhanagari, resulted in the floods in Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli. Muslims comprise 88.73 lakh of Kerala's 3.34 crore population and a large number of them live in districts like Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode, areas worst affected by the rain. The deaths have been reported from 14 districts of Kerala between August 8 and August 12 due to floods.

The government is now giving priority to the rescue measures, he said adding after which it would focus on the rehabilitation initiatives.

At least eight people were killed in Odisha due to heavy rains on Tuesday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is in Kerala to take stock of the flood situation, this morning visited a relief camp at the hill town of Thiruvambady, part of Wayanad constituency, which he represents in the Lok Sabha.

He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala.

Taking to Facebook, Gandhi appealed people to donate water bottles, sleeping mats, blankets, sanitary napkins, biscuits, rice, sugar, vegetables at different collection centres in Malappuram district.

As many as 474,000 people in five districts in western Maharashtra are living in 596 temporary shelters, and the death toll in five affected districts now stands at 43, with three persons missing. According to the latest update from Southern Railway, many trains, including the Jamnagar express, Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Durrunto and Kochuveli-Amritsar express have been fully cancelled.

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