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483 dead in Kerala floods & landslides, incredible losses : Pinarayi Vijayan

A total of 483 lost their lives in Kerala floods while 14 people are reported to be still missing, around 140 people were admitted to hospitals during this period.

The same was informed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during the special Assembly session convened to discuss the relief and rehabilitation measures underway to cope with the Kerala’s worst floods in 94 years.

“The rescue operations which took place at the height of the monsoon are without comparison. To all those who sacrificed their lives to help others, who took brave and daring steps to rescue one another, we want to offer a big salute,” the chief minister said in his speech.

At the same time, VD Satheeshan, KPCC vice-president and Congress MLA, termed the floods a ‘man-made disaster’ for which accountability must be fixed as soon as possible. He said no preliminary tests were conducted to examine the impact of the opening and closing of dam shutters on the state’s rivers, especially during high tide and low tide. He, however, promised the government that there will be complete cooperation from the Opposition in the rebuilding of Kerala.

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