July 21, 2018
Image credit : A posh house submerged in Pala town in Kottayam.
Kochi: Water, water, everywhere, but not any drop to drink is the fit case with flood-affected people in Alappuzha and Kottayam.
Alappuzha is the worst hit region as the Government had failed in providing water to people living in marooned areas.
People are forced to use water from the backwaters to drink and cook. Sanitation is another major problem for them.
There are also reports of poor conditions prevailing in the relief camps due to shortage of comfort stations and sanitary facilities. Even those who are required to provide support are trapped in the flood.
Those who could not reach relief camps are agitated as the district administration has taken the stand to provide relief to only those staying in the camps after verifying Aadhaar cards.
The victims are also annoyed over people’s representatives not visiting them. Ministers Thomas Isaac, G Sudhakaran, P Thilothaman, former minister Thomas Chandy and others were not to be seen anywhere in the area, a resident told a TV channel.
Isaac is said to be under Ayurvedic treatment in Kottakkal while others were busy with other works.
Union Ministers Kiren Rijeju and Alfons Kannanthanam visited Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam.
Rijeju called for better coordination between Central and state governments. He expressed satisfaction over the functioning of the relief camps where food and medical help were available.
He said the Centre would immediately release Rs 80 crore to the State. Priority would be given to those who had lost their kin, property and crops, he added.
The rest of the relief would be given under laid down norms. State Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar, who accompanied the Union Minister, said the State needed at least a relief of Rs 1,000 crore. He said the farm sector had faced a loss of Rs 220 crore and it was high time amendments were made to the norms followed in granting relief under such condition.
Meanwhile, former minister Thomas Chandy said he had pressed in three boats and 30 people to help the affected.