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A total of 1,028,000 people were now recorded in about 3,200 relief camps across the state, a state government spokesman told AFP.

Global media has started to take note of the dire situation of Kerala, which is famously known as God's own Country.

Thousands of homes were affected by the flood. "We will always be grateful for their support and help".

Even as the state got respite from the rain, fears rose over disease in rescue camps. Helicopters have been used to airlift stranded victims from rooftops and to drop food and water packages in the worst-affected areas.

Thousands of army, navy and air force personnel have fanned out to help those stranded in remote and hilly areas.

He said weather conditions had improved considerably and expected the almost 10,000 people still stranded to be rescued by Monday.An estimated 800,000 people have taken shelter in some 4,000 relief camps across Kerala, Kurian said.Weather officials have predicted more rains across the state through Monday morning.The downpours that started August 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and attractive beaches.Officials estimate that more than 6,200 miles of roads have been damaged. Khalsa Aid is widely known for their selfless service to people in distress.

"We are slowly winding down rescue operations and concentrating on relief and rehabilitation", E Chandrasekharan, Kerala's revenue minister said. Efforts to restore other essential services are also in full swing with phone connectivity being restored 90 per cent of the state. This together with the slightly reduced rain since Friday has raised the hope of Keralites.

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The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall in only one or two parts of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts.

An all-party meeting will be held here on Tuesday to take stock of the flood situation.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 500 crore as relief for Kerala in addition to the Rs 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The state government in Kerala has demanded the aid of Rs.2000 crore rupees. Along with this PM's National Relief fund will provide an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the disaster and another Rs 50,000 for those who are seriously injured.

While the foreign country has pledged Rs 700 cr, the Centre's assistance for the state is just Rs 600 crore.

Following this, officials immediately began making preparations to dispatch the rice, worth Rs one crore.

Sheikh Mohammad tweeted, "The state of Kerala in India is now witnessing huge floods, the most devastating in a century".


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