Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday directed district Collectors to ensure facilities in relief camps. Reviewing rescue and relief efforts through video conferencing, the CM asked the officials to ensure toilet facilities in relief camps while focusing on cleaning activities in affected areas.
The Collectors explained the situation in their respective districts to the CM. With the respite from rains on Monday, water is receding from most of the areas in the districts, the Collectors said. Residents have been allowed to return to houses in areas from where water has receded, they added.
Collectors of Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram districts said that residents in hilly areas have been evacuated in view of possible landslides. Rescue and search efforts are underway at landslide sports. Rescue workers have been deployed in these areas, the Collectors said. Efforts are on to restore power supply in affected areas, the Collectors added.
The CM gave several directions to the Collectors. He directed them to ensure all facilities including food and medical assistance at relief camps. “Priority must be given to cleaning activities in areas from where water has receded. Primary importance must be given to cleaning wells. Such efforts must be held in coordination with local self-government bodies, public representatives and volunteers and organisations,” the CM said.
The health department must ensure that health problems including infectious diseases does not arise or spread in affected areas. Facilities must be ensured to those returning home from relief camps, CM added.
Residents who lost their houses in landslides must be allowed to stay together at one place even after relief camps are closed, the CM said. He directed the district Collectors to identify areas for this purpose. Pinarayi Vijayan directed the Collectors to start efforts in this this regard even before the relief camps are closed.
The Collectors expressed that rescue and relief activities were progressing in a smooth manner.