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Kerala fully prepared to tackle crisis: Pinarayi Vijayan

By The Hindu calender  10-Aug-2019

Kerala fully prepared to tackle crisis: Pinarayi Vijayan

The State government is fully prepared to tackle the crisis triggered by the heavy rainfall in the State, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Thursday night. He urged the people in the affected districts to cooperate with the evacuation.
Briefing the media after holding a review at the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC), he said that priority was being given to saving lives.
There was no cause for undue concern at the moment, but the State government was constantly monitoring the situation, Mr. Vijayan said.
Learning from the 2018 experience, the government was able to mobilise rescue and relief units quickly.
At present, 13,000 people had been evacuated to relief camps in various districts, he said. Most importantly, people in landslip and flood-prone areas should not hesitate to move to camps.
''Majority have cooperated with the task of evacuation. But a few people are still hesitant. We have last year's experience before us,'' he said. Almost all the districts experienced heavy rainfall.
At Meppadi in Wayanad, a portion of a hillside had collapsed, triggering fears that several people had gone missing, he said.
The full extent of the damage was yet to be ascertained, the Chief Minister said.

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