The Kerala government is preparing to rehabilitate victims of the worst floods it has faced in almost a century.
In May, a copper plant in Tamil Nadu state was shut after protests by residents, in which 13 people died, accusing a mining company of flouting environmental standards.
Taking a dig at the Congress president, Kannanthanam said "let us excuse Rahul as he does not have any administrative and political experience, but a statement like this from a senior leader like Antony was uncalled for, at a time when the people of Kerala are united to face the challenge caused by the floods". During the first phase of the monsoon, which was between June until about the second week of July, Karnataka, Tripura, Assam, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat received small to medium scale floods and IRCS has responded in small scales with prepositioned stocks.
Donations are pouring in from across the country for the victims of flood victims.
Netizens have been using Facebook's Fundraiser tool to raise money for the Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
The Idukki and Mullaperiyar dams are also on the verge of overflowing again.
Some organisations released online forms asking victims to identify which essentials supplies they needed along with details on where those supplies could be delivered.
In the worst-hit areas such as Thrissur and Chengannur, rescuers searched inundated houses, discovering the bodies of those trapped by the fast rising floodwaters.More news: Amnesty: Kabul attack on Shiites is 'war crime'
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"The death toll has risen to 373", an official of the state's disaster management authority told Reuters. Hyderabad-based Humane Society International/India has set up an emergency helpline to coordinate animal rescue throughout Kerala.
He said thousands of people poured into the college a few days after the floods began, when other low-lying relief camps were inundated.
Rescue and relief operations in the state have been scaled up to evacuate the stranded people from flood-affected area. Commercial flight operations from Kochi Airport commenced from August 20, a boost for rescue operations in the state. More than 10 lakh displaced people.
The subsiding of water from surrounding areas has left an onslaught of debris and waste accumulated acrosses bridges and roads.
Critics say Kerala and the national government have ignored environmental concerns as they push power plants and coal mines, hotel resorts and new housing.
"Given the urgency, party members, sympathizers and the general public are requested to rush their individual contributions either through drafts/cheques drawn in favor of the party or send it directly to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund". In one such case, the Kerala police have initiated legal action against a man spreading his personal account details for people to transfer money.
In Chengannur itself, there were 65 fishing boats, four helicopters, five military boats and four 100-member strong army teams deployed for rescue work.