How many people have been displaced by Kerala floods?

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The CPI (M) and the Congress on Saturday said that the Rs. 500 crore relief announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was too little in the face of the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala. "We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected", he wrote on Twitter.

The Navy and the Air Force have been conducting several rescue operations in areas where people have been stranded due to water rising to risky levels.

It is ironical in this disconnect, with even the media unable to spark a "Save Kerala, Help Kerala" campaign, that there seems to be more concern and empathy displayed at the Gulf Cooperation Council enclave.

He said the teams, till now, have rescued 194 persons and 12 animals while it has evacuated a total of 10,467 persons. Heavy rainfall was predicted for the day in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod, said the chief minister.

Mobile phone operators have been offering free data and SMS messages across Kerala since Saturday to assist with distress calls.


Chief Minister Vijayan has estimated that more than two million people have been forced to move into relief camps since the monsoon season brought torrential rains three months ago. "Please help", he added.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said the railways was carrying drinking water from various states to Kerala.

According to India's weather bureau, since the beginning of June, more than 321 centimeters (126 inches) of rain has fallen on the hilly central district of Idukki, which is now virtually cut off from the rest of the state.

Late on Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there was no shortage of food in the state as traders had stocked up ahead of a local festival.

Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters took troops to high-risk areas, where they searched for people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings.


'We are deploying more boats and army to ramp up rescue operations, ' senior state government official P.H. Kurian said.

"In some areas, airlifting is the only option ... thousands are still marooned".

The worldwide airport in the city of Kochi, one of India's busiest airports, will remain closed until August 26, airport officials said in a statement.

Kerala, popular among worldwide tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year. The state had sought Rs 20 billion from the Modi government for relief and rehabilitation.

More than 300,000 people have been displaced since August 8 when the Kerala rains began and a record amount of rain fell in the southern Indian state.


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