As part of the efforts to lend a respite to acute shortage of drinking water in flood-hit Kerala, a special train carrying 29 wagons filled with 14.5 lakh litres of drinking water was dispatched from Pune on Saturday.
The death toll has risen to 400, and nearly 7.25 lakh took shelter at over 5,500 relief camps set up across the state till Sunday. Torrential monsoon rains, starting on August 8, have turned into flooding, landslides and houses collapse in Kerala.The water-train, a concerted effort by Western and Central Railways, will travel via the Central and Southern Railway network as severe flooding has made Konkan Railway inaccessible. Half of the coaches were filled at Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, while the rest at Pune Coaching Complex. Each tanker has a capacity of 50 thousand litres.According to media reports, Centre, various states, banks, NGOs, philanthropic organisations, actors are pouring in monetary relief to render support to Kerala. A temple in Keezhillam, in Ernakulam district, has donated its treasury to the CMDRF.
An international NGO Khalsa Aid, which aims to provide humanitarian help in disaster and civil strife areas, has reached Kerala to extend their help. The volunteers reached Kochi on Friday. They’re arranging langar for the flood-hit people with the help of Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Thevara, and are presently serving 3,000 people.
With the flood situation continuing turning grim, people from all around the country are doing their best to help the victims in Kerala floods. Come forward, and show your solidarity with the people of Kerala that is reeling in havoc.
Here's how you can help those affected by the unprecedented floods in Kerala. Now you can make donations online to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund through the site, https://t.co/OFHTHlZ9by #KeralaFloods #StandWithKerala. pic.twitter.com/XNlBKqdCUT
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