- There are currently 304 relief camps
- There are 3851 families living in the camps
- Six people are missing in the tragedy
From October 12 to 20, 42 deaths were reported in the state due to various disasters. The bodies of 19 people (Kottayam 12, Idukki 7) were found in the landslide. Six people are still missing. At present, there are 3851 families living in 304 relief camps, the CM said at a press conference.
Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts received heavy rains during the day on October 16. As soon as the information about the landslide in Kootikal and Kokkayar was received, the police, fire brigade, employees of the Revenue and Local Self Government Institutions and the people’s representatives of the local government system joined hands with the local people in the rescue operation. In the rivers of the mighty floodplains
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places. Roads were submerged and rivers overflowed, making it impossible for military vehicles to travel. With that came the point where only aerial rescue could save people trapped in a completely isolated gathering area. As soon as the weather improved slightly, other central forces, including the Army, were able to get there and within 24 hours the bodies of the vast majority of the victims were found.
Twelve teams of the National Disaster Response Force, two Army teams, three DSC teams, two choppers of the Air Force, one chopper of the Navy and an engineering task force took part in the rescue operation. State forces have been deployed in all the districts as well as national forces as required.
A review meeting of all department heads, army and district collectors was also held on October 16 to assess the situation. It was suggested that the camps and the safety of the people should be taken into consideration. The water level of the dams is monitored by the expert committee that monitors the rule curve of the dams every day when the dams have to be opened.
Departments have been directed to take immediate steps to provide financial assistance to those killed in the rains. It is also proposed to complete the survey of damaged houses, roads and bridges and provide financial assistance as soon as possible. Condolences are extended to those who lost their lives in the rains, floods and landslides. The government will provide all possible assistance and support to the disaster victims. Appropriate compensation will be given to those who lost their houses, farms and other properties, the CM said.
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