Kochi, August 14: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday announced a monetary compensation for the kin of those killed in the floods. The CM has instructed the administration to disburse Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia to the families of deceased victims. The announcement comes amid the death toll mounting to 95.
While coastal Kerala has been battered with severe rainfall over the last six days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has now issued a red alert for the central districts of Ernakulam, Idukki and Alappuzha. Flood Wreaks Havoc in India: Over 220 Killed Amid Incessant Rainfall in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra & Gujarat
Due to strengthening of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, extremely heavy rains are expected to lash several parts of the state, IMD director in Thiruvananthapuram K Santosh was reported as saying.
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All the flood-related fatalities in Kerala have been recorded since August 8, when the spate of rainfall escalated across the state. The maximum casualties have been reported in Malappuram, where 35 deaths have been recorded, followed by Kozhikode (17), Wayanad (12) and Kannur (9).
Nearly 34 people have been injured in the flood and 59 are said to be missing. The relief and rescue operations are currently underway.
Apart from Kerala, floods triggered by incessent rainfall has also battered neighbouring Karnataka, where, 54 deaths have been recorded, and Maharashtra where 49 people have lost their lives.
In Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, 41 teams of the Indian Navy were deployed for the flood relief operations. Over 14,000 people from deluge-affected areas.