More than a million people in India flood relief camps - International

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Though the situation in the flood-ravaged Kerala is gradually improving, scores of residents are still awaiting rescue and relief.

Netizens have been using Facebook's Fundraiser tool to raise money for the Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

With hundreds of thousands of people converging in halls and auditoriums of schools, temples, churches, and mosques with little or no toilet facilities, people from less affected areas moved in to help those badly in need.

The demand comes close on the heels of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Left parties in Kerala and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy making similar demands to the central government. The state government has also chose to distribute cleaning kits to them, Vijayan added. However, the global airport will remain shut till August 26.

The accessibility to places has become easier as the water level receded.

Chandrasekharan said only a small number of people remain stranded in some pockets that have so far been inaccessible to rescue crews. The Air India flight came from Bangalore in the nearby state of Karnataka, Suresh Prabhu, the minister of civil aviation, said on Twitter. The deadliest deluge in close to a century has claimed 210 lives since August 8 and almost 400 since May 29 when the south west monsoon set in over Kerala. At Chengannur in Alapuzha district, at least 5,000 are stranded, according to revenue officials quoted by PTI.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a meeting of the state cabinet, which made a decision to seek a special package from the Centre under the centrally-sponsored schemes including the latter's flagship rural employment programme MNREGS.

Kerala received rainfall more than 40 percent greater than normal for the monsoon season, which runs from June to September. The maximum deaths were reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far.

"Over 10.78 lakh displaced people, including 2.12 lakh women and one lakh children below 12 years of age, have been sheltered in 3,200 relief camps".

Kerala fishermen have been providing boats during rescue operations. Around 22,000 people were rescued yesterday alone in the operations launched by the defence personnel, national and state disaster response forces, fishermen and local people.The next big challenge for the government is the epidemic.

On the interest rate moratorium declared by all banks in the State on crop loans drawn by those in the affected area, the Chief Minister warned the private money lenders to behave.

India's southern state of Kerala may get some much needed relief in the coming days as the forecast shows less rain for the area that has been dealing with deadly monsoon floods for more than a week.