The district, which is passing through one of the worst flood situations in recent times, appeared to be taking the initial faltering steps to normality as water level showed signs of retreating. However, people’s hardship continued as, in most cases, the affected could not go back to their homes since the areas continued to be inundated.

Body retrieved

The body of one more person who had gone missing was retrieved from the inundated paddy fields at Aymanam. K.K. Raveendran who went missing on Tuesday from his house was retrieved on Friday morning.

The body was handed over to his family members after a post-mortem examination. His cremation was held at the government crematorium as his house compound is inundated.

According to district authorities, 33,720 people, including 4,004 children, were still in relief camps.

Vaikom taluk continues to be the worst hit with 20,810 people in the camps.

Central team to visit

Union Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju and Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons are scheduled to visit relief camps on Saturday.

The western low-lying areas of Kumarakom, Aymanam, and Thiruvarppu grama panchayats remained cut off as the floodwater has not receded.

Bus services too remained disrupted. However, water has receded from most of the main roads in the eastern areas by Friday.

Those in the relief camps could be seen returning to their houses for brief periods to wash their clothes and shift their electrical and electronic equipment. Dearth of safe drinking water could emerge as a major challenge in the coming days as floodwaters have entered most of the open wells and the pipelines in many places, it is pointed out.

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