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Top list of Indian Celebrities Donation for Kerala Flood 2018

Top list of Indian Celebrities Donation for Kerala Flood 2018

Top list of Indian Celebrities Donation for Kerala Flood 2018

People wait for aid on the roof of their house at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Kerala received heavy monsoon rainfall on the mid evening of August 8 resulting in dams filling to capacity; in the first 24 hours of rainfall the state received 310 mm (12 in) of rain.[8] Almost all dams have been opened since the water level has risen close to overflow level due to heavy rainfall, flooding local low-lying areas.[9] For the first time in the state’s history, 35 of its 42 dams have been opened.[10]

Most of the regions affected by this monsoon were classified as ecologically-sensitive zones (ESZs) by the the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, the Gadgil Committee. Most of the recommendations and directions by the commitee was either neglected or rejected. Chairman of the committee Madhav Gadgil accused the state government and its irresponsible environmental policy for the recent landslides and floods. He called it a “man-made calamity”.

Aerial view of the flood

Red alert issued by India Meteorological Department (earlier in August)
A state official told AFP that 167 people have died, while the The Economic Times in India reported 114 have been killed.[4][14][15] The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has placed the state in a red alert as a result of the intense flooding.[16] A number of water treatment plants were forced to cease pumping water, resulting in poor access to clean water, especially in northern districts of the region.[17] At least 350 relief camps have been opened at various locations to accommodate the flood victims.[18] A 24/7 control room has started functioning at Aluva, co-ordinating the activities of Kerala Water Authority.[19] The flooding has affected hundreds of villages, destroyed an estimated 10,000 km of roads and thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed.[16] On 12 August, when 30,000 people were already staying in relief camps, 13,000 of them were in the district of Wayanad, the worst to be hit.[20]

Over 2000 people were stranded at St Joseph Church in Poovathussery, Ernakulam with the water level rising for 3-4 days, leaving the people in the church with no water and food.[21]

On August 15, Cochin International Airport, India’s fourth busiest in terms of international traffic, and the busiest in the state suspended all operations until 26 August, following runway flooding.[4] Many schools throughout the state have been closed, and tourists have been dissuaded or banned from some districts due to safety concerns.[14] The Kochi Metro closed briefly on August 16, and has since begun offering free service to aid those affected by the flooding.[10] Due to heavy rain and rising water levels the southern railway has suspended train services on Thiruvananthapuram-Kottayam-Ernakulam and Ernakulam-Shoranur-Palakkad sections.[22]

Over 80% of the state has been cut off from power supply.[23]An orange weather alert has been issued in 11 of the 14 districts of the state.[24]

Trekking in the Hindu pilgrimage centre of Sabrimala has been stopped due to the overflow of the nearby Pamba River.[25] The Government has cancelled Onam celebrations, whose allocated funds have been reallocated to relief efforts.

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