Moun­tain of a task

Ker­ala launches a funds

FrontLine - - NATURAL DISASTER - BY R. KRISHNAKUMAR

With thou­sands of flood refugees find­ing it hard to re­turn to their homes in view of wa­ter­log­ging, lack of san­i­ta­tion and clean drink­ing wa­ter and the out­break of dis­eases, mo­bil­i­sa­tion drive to be­gin the gar­gan­tuan task of re­build­ing in­fra­struc­ture and econ­omy.

STUNNED by dis­as­ter but united by re­silience, the peo­ple of Ker­ala are slowly pick­ing up the pieces. But the pain of dev­as­ta­tion caused to their homes and liveli­hoods will take a long time to over­come.

Nearly a month af­ter the mid Au­gust “flood of the cen­tury” (Front­line, Septem­ber 14), claimed 483 lives, 14 peo­ple were still miss­ing; 140 were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tals with var­i­ous ail­ments; and 59,296 of the 14,50,707 flood refugees, who were

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up­rooted from their homes, were still stay­ing in gov­ern­ment-run re­lief camps.

The State gov­ern­ment es­ti­mates the loss at over Rs.30,000 crore, more than its pro­jected an­nual Plan ex­pen­di­ture of Rs.29,150 crore for

CHIEF MIN­IS­TER Pi­narayi Vi­jayan ad­dress­ing the Spe­cial Ses­sion of the Ker­ala Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly con­vened to dis­cuss the re­cent floods in the State, in Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram on Au­gust 30.

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