Kerala

More evacuees return home in Malappuram

All but five relief camps in district closed down

Most of the flood-affected people housed in relief camps in the seven taluks across the district have returned to their houses

as rehabilitation work gets moving.

All but five camps in the district were closed down on Sunday. The latest figures released by the district administration indicated that there were 126 families left in the camps. As many as 139 of them were men, 178 women and 132 children.

District Collector Amit Meena said here on Sunday that a special report would be prepared about the floods, the situations leading to them and their aftermath. The report will mark the peculiarities of the lands, their sensitivities, rivers and their courses from origin to end. He said future constructions would be allowed in such a way as not to harm the ecological balance of each region.

“I’m sure this report would go a long way in preventing recurrence of similar disasters,” he said.

Adalats will be held at taluk level to help people procure the documents lost in the floods.

District Police Superintendent Prateesh Kumar said Janamaitri police personnel would visit all flood-affected houses to offer

psychological reassurance. He congratulated all sections, including the police force in the district, for their concerted and quick

response when the floods battered the district.

District Medical Officer (DMO) K. Sakeena demanded that a weekly dry day should be observed in the district. She asked the people to exercise caution against epidemics spreading through water and mosquitoes.They were attending a volunteer training session offered jointly by the district administration and the Act-On at MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram. As many as 1,500 volunteers have registered for training under Act-On. Disaster Management expert Santhosh Kumar led the training session.

Act-On chairman N.M. Mujeeb presided. Act-On leaders T.V. Siddeek, Najeeb Kuttippuram and Ashiq Kainikkara spoke.

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