kochi: Kerala is witnessing the worst flood in over 100 years with incessant rains over the last 10 days claiming over 300 lives and leaving over three lakh homeless. However, as a welcome relief for the people of the flood-ravaged state, the weather department has withdrawn red alert for all districts for today. The IMD in its forecast for the rain-battered state on Sunday said that rainfall will further decrease in course of the next five days. However, heavy rain is expected at one or two places in Idukki, Kannur and Kozhikode districts today. Following this, the IMD has issued only a yellow warning for the three districts.
As rescue and relief operations continue in full swing, the Kerala government faces a difficult task in the coming weeks as several areas are reeling under food and power shortage and thousands of people are still awaiting evacuation. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had demanded Rs 2,000 crore as emergency assistance and said as per the initial assessment, the total loss was pegged at Rs 19,512 crore.