Mountain of a task
Kerala launches a funds
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
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.