Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the flood situation in the State the gravest in recent times and appealed to all to donate generously for taking up relief measures.
Besides causing loss to property and agriculture, the recent floods following the monsoon fury have claimed more than 130 lives, the Chief Minister said in a Facebook post.
Alappuzha district was the worst-hit and floodwater has not yet receded from Kuttanad in the district, he said.
The State government was doing everything to help the rain-hit victims without considering financial constraints, he said.
Several people have come forward to help the government in its relief work without seeking anything in return, he said, adding that support and co-operation of all were needed.
A total of 5,510 people from 1,276 families was still in 42 relief camps in Alappuzha district, officials said.
The government machinery was closely monitoring the water-level in the Idukki reservoir, which stood at 2,396.28 feet yesterday.
The full level is 2,403 feet. The water level is related to the Mean Sea Level and catchment area. Most dams in the State were full and some of them were been opened to release excess water.