Help must be offered for relief camps; anti-socials spreading fake campaigns
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here today that over 2.5 lakh people have been lodged in relief camps across Kerala. All camps are functioning smoothly and all arrangements are being done effectively. Further arrangements for the smooth functioning of camps is also going on. The CM said many have come forward to offer help to the inmates of the relief camps.
In a press meet, the chief minister said that instead of collecting relief materials and bringing it to the camp, it must be brought to the district collecting centres from where it would be distributed.
Several essential items are needed for rescue mission and the government has brought out the list. All these must be collected and given. The CM also welcomed the helping nature of the people and the interest shown by them. Pinarayi also wanted some kind of discipline to be followed when visiting people in camps. Unwanted people without any responsibility should avoid visiting relief camps.
The negative campaigns that is being circulated through social media are affecting the rescue operations. It has to be stopped. Last time, there was huge support to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. No such request was made this time. But some people have started campaigning against it. This is purely an injustice to a land. Nobody who loves their motherland would do this. The money credited to the CMDRF is utilised for only relief activities. People should not be trapped in the negative campaigns. Media also can actively take part in this mission.
Various types of relief activities are going on. 60 deaths have been confirmed so far. 1551 relief camps are functioning in the state. 2,27,331 persons of 65548 families are staying in camps. Idukki dam is filled 36.61 percent of its storage capacity. Pampa has 63.36 percent and Kakki dam 38.13 percent water. Kuttiady, Banasura and Peringalkuthu dams have been filled. Last year, Peringalkuthu had 90.47 percent at this time. All 8 dams of the KSEB had filled by this time last year. The shutters of five dams of irrigation department and three small dams are opened.
Army and fire and rescue personnel are active in rescuing people who are trapped underneath the landslide in Kavalappara. The rescue operations were hampered as landslide occurred once again at the same place. Five earth movers have been deployed there. Airforce is also active in rescue operations in Wayanad and Malappuram districts. Helicopters are used to distribute food materials to people stranded in various places.
In Malappuram, mud was dumped by the landslide to a height of 10 -12 feet. This mud deposit is hampering the rescue operations. Eight more people are to be recovered in Wayanad. Effective rescue operation will be done at Puthumala and Kavalappara on Sunday.
The stance of Thiruvananthapuram district collector was right. Misunderstanding has no room there. Degree of alertness shouldn’t come down seeing the scanty rainfall. And we should overcome this tough time collectively, chief minister said.