More than 27,000 in relief camps

Even as the rain registered a temporary lull after three consecutive days of battering, the flow of people to relief camps continued.

According to district authorities, a whopping 27,601 persons have been moved to relief camps by 7 p.m. on Wednesday. There are 156 camps where 7856 families have been resettled. The highest number of persons has been displaced in Vaikom taluk, where 18,940 people have been moved to camps.

Extraordinary problem

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel who have been pressed into service are facing an extraordinary problem since in many places in the inundated areas, people are not willing to leave their houses.

“In Parakadvu Thuruth, 60 persons in 11 families have decided to stick on to their houses in spite of the fact that the area was surrounded by water,” said P.S. Geetha Kumari, tahsildar, Kottayam. In such cases, the district administration would bring food and medicines to them. The NDRF personnel continued their relief operations for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. They had moved out 200 persons on the first day and 69 persons the second day from Kosamattom Colony. At the inundated Poovathummood colony 120 persons were moved to relief camp.

The 45-member NDRF team is led by Senior Commandment of the Fourth Battalion Rekha Nambiar. The team is fully equipped with motorised rafting boats, satellite communication equipment, cutting machines, underwater search equipment, oxygen cylinders and life jackets. They would continue to be stationed till the situation was brought under control.

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