"At least 165,000 people have been moved to over 1,318 relief camps spread across 14 districts in the state", a senior Kerala police officer told AFP. The flood fury has left 83 dead and displaced over 2.87 lakh people, who have taken shelter in over 1,654 relief shelters set up across the state.
In Karnataka, where the water has begun to recede from many flood-affected areas due to a let up in rains, the death toll stood at 48 on Monday, even as the flood waters of the Tungabadra river entered the ground level of the UNESCO world heritage site in Hampi.
He visited a relief camp at the hill town of Thiruvambady in Wayanad.
Malappuram remained the most affected district where 23 people have lost their lives while 50 were still missing till Sunday evening.
Rahul Gandhi, who concluded his two-day visit to his flood-hit constituency on Monday, explained to the Prime Minister the issues being faced by people and ecology in Wayanad and suggested measures for his consideration. "I think the Central government needs to pay attention and aggressively support the people of these states". Malappuram district with over 54,000 people has the largest number of people living in makeshift camps.
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On Monday, a statement issued by the politbureau stated, "Home minister Amit Shah had an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Karnataka and Maharashtra on Sunday but he deliberately skipped most affected Kerala".
The worst-hit areas were Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. "It appears that he deliberately skipped the survey of the badly affected Kerala", it alleged in a statement. As per IMD, the light to moderate rainfall is likely to continue.
However, paddy cultivation that also sustained wetlands and has the capacity to hold excess rainwater and mitigate flood damage, has been steadily declining since 1970s, he added. "Starting tomorrow, rains will be heavy in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki till Wednesday, while on Thursday it's going to be isolated rains", an IMD official said.
At least 29 people have died in Malappuram since August 8 in heavy rains and landslides while 17 people have died in Kozhikode district and 12 in Wayanad. Hence, it was just the routine morning prayers for them.
Setting a fine example of unity, Muslim youths cleaned Hindu temples, which were filled with mud after being inundated, in Kannur and Wayanad which had witnessed torrential rains during the past few days.