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Kerala limps back to normalcy
June 24, 2007 15:29 IST
Last Updated: June 24, 2007 20:31 IST
Kerala [Images] began limping back to normalcy on Sunday after being battered by torrential rains in the last four days, claiming 52 lives and causing extensive damage to property and basic facilities.
Hundreds of families are still in relief camps despite a respite in rain on Sunday.
The state government has announced Rs 50,000 to the families of those killed in monsoon-related calamities.
The amount would be provided within two days, Revenue Minister K P Rajendran, who visited areas in Wayanad district affected by the rains, said.
Power supply, which was seriously disrupted in many parts of the state after uprooted trees fell on electric lines, has largely been restored, official sources said.
The coastal areas where heavy rains wrought havoc, is however, yet to return to normality.
According to official information, Kozhikode accounted for the highest toll (18) followed by Kasaragod (9), Wayanad (6), Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kannur (3 each), Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Alappuzha (2 each), Kottayam and Palakkad (one each).
As per the preliminary assessment, the largest crop loss in an area of 469.26 hectares, resulting in a loss of Rs 396.16 lakh, had been reported from Kannur district.
Four rivers in Thiruvananthapuram district (Karamana, Vamanapuram, Neyyar and Killiyar) had risen above danger levels.
Life continues to be miserable in the coastal belt, where strong winds and sea erosion has inflicted heavy losses, bringing fishing activity to a virtual halt.