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Volkswagen Extends Support To Flood-hit Customers In Kerala, Karnataka, And Maharashtra

Volkswagen Extends Support To Flood-hit Customers In Kerala, Karnataka, And Maharashtra”

Almost 150 people have died and more than 400,000 people have been forced to flee their homes following days of torrential rain that triggered catastrophic flooding and mudslides in southern India.

The toll in floods in India crossed 200 on Monday, with 85 of those deaths in Kerala, ANI reported.

That was an increase from 42 deaths reported since August 8. In the 212 relief camps in the district over 35,000 people have taken shelter, an official release said.

South Asia has continued to face rain-related disasters during the current monsoon season, with 160 people killed last month in northeastern India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Almost 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods in Gujarat's Kutch district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF), while in Karnataka and Maharashtra works have started to fix roads damaged by landslides and heavy rains.

Steps should be taken to restore power supply and drinking water distribution in rain-hit areas, he said.

As the rains receded, rescue operations in affected areas have become smooth, he said, adding that the next major rescue task was to evacuate people from mudslide-prone areas.

A red alert has been issued for three districts on Tuesday as extremely heavy rains are expected in central Kerala as the flood-hit northern parts were slowly limping back to normalcy and the toll climbed to 88.

In Dehradun's Chamoli district, landslides triggered by heavy rains killed six people, including an infant, who were buried under the rubble of their damaged homes.

He gave this assurance even as the meteorological department gave a fresh red alert in Idukki, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts of more rains, while massive rescue operations are now on at Puthumala at Meppadi and Kavalapara near Malappuram where 46 bodies are feared trapped under the mud.

At the camps, he interacted with the people, asked them about their loss and the things they need.

"The Home Minister, in his aerial survey of the flood-hit areas, chose only the BJP-ruled Maharashtra and Karnataka". Almost 31 have died in rain-related incidents in Gujarat in the last four days.

Odisha, which is being battered by heavy showers since last week, on Tuesday saw a flood-like situation in parts of the state.

He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala. Light rainfall was also reported from parts of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

While the Safdarjung observatory recorded 3.2 mm rainfall, the Palam and the Ridge area observatories received 5.1 mm and 1.2 mm downpour respectively.



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