Heavy rainfall mistreats the state while the southwestern monsoon moves through the country. Although the intensity of the rainfall activity compared to Kerala decreased on Friday, the IMD on Saturday predicted heavy to very heavy rain.
Meanwhile, between 1 June and 17 August, the state received cumulative rainfall of 2,306.88 mm, compared to the normal 1,634.5 mm – a surplus of 41.12 per cent. The district of Idukki, one of the worst affected areas, recorded nearly 90 percent surplus rainfall. Since May, 285 people have died from incidents with rain. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has saved more than 4,000 people while the Navy has saved 400.
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The Chief Minister Friday said the rescue operations went well despite the bad weather. At least 82,442 people were rescued on Friday. There are 3,14,391 people from 70,085 families who have moved to shelter camps. There are almost 2100 camps in the state. This is the worst flood in 100 years, Vijayan repeated, adding that the road to recovery will be a long way.
Among the hard-hit districts are Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Thrissur, where the situation remains "serious".
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Head Ministers from across the country have announced aid for Kerala, including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu. The two CMs have announced financial support of Rs 10 crore. The governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had previously sent help to Kerala. Read here the highlights of the floods in Kerala.