Deepest condolences over numerous human casualties: Putin expresses grief over Kerala floods

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Aug 21, 2018, 04:04 PM(IST)

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Putin, in his letter to President Kovind and PM Modi, stated that Russia shares 'grief with the friendly people of India'.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in his letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi, condoled the loss of lives in Kerala floods. 

"Kindly accept the deepest condolences over numerous human casualties caused by the devastating floods in Kerala," the letter read.  

The letter also stated that Russia shares "grief with the friendly people of India".

"Russia hopes for a speedy recovery to all those injured from this natural disaster," Putin's letter read.  

Kerala, which has been battling floods, rainfall and landslides, received a respite from heavy rainfall on Monday.

According to reports, water began to recede in many areas in flood-hit Kerala where nearly 400 people have been killed so far.

Kerala authorities estimate nearly 10 lakh people displaced and homeless, taking shelter in over 5,000 relief camps across the state.

A cumulative loss of over 21,000 crores is estimated to have hit the state. 

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As water began to recede, the authorities are now facing the challenge of rehabilitation and a possible outbreak of diseases. 

"The death toll has risen to 373," an official of the state's disaster management authority told Reuters.

Kerala received rainfall more than 40 per cent greater than normal for the monsoon season, which runs from June to September. Torrential rain in the last 10 days forced officials to release water from as many as 33 dangerously full dams and reservoirs.

The central government, on Monday, announced Kerala floods as a "calamity of severe nature". 


 

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