THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sixty four relief camps have been opened in Thiruvananthapuram following heavy spell of rain. 4769 persons from 1043 families are now being housed in relief camps.
The district administration has intensified disaster management measures to deal with emergency situations. Low lying areas in the district were submerged by Tuesday in heavy rain. With shutters of Pepper and Neyyar dam being opened, the water levels in Karamana river, Kill river, Thettiyar and Parvathy Puthanar rose and water flow gained strength marooning the low lying areas.
Heavy flooding has been reported in Karimadom, Sasthamangalam, Nettayam, Punnakamugal, Ulloor, Kazhakootam, Kannamoola, Kulathur and many other areas. Hundreds of families were shifted to relief camps from these areas.
Of the 64 camps in the district, 29 camps have been opened in Thiruvananthapuram taluk. 1400 persons were shifted in Neyattinkara taluk, 560 in Chirayinkeezhu, 488 in Nedumangadu and 193 people were shifted to relief camp in Varkala taluk.
District collector K Vasuki said that steps have been taken to ensure supply of food and medicine in these camps. Special control rooms are functioning in Collectorate and taluk offices and corporation office. Minister for tourism and devaswom Kadakampally Surendran convened a high level meeting to discuss the emergency situation. The minister said that revenue authorities have been directed to open relief camps in whichever places necessary.
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