After the devastation caused by heavy rains in Kerala, the Government has decided to cancel all the state-funded events for one year. The purpose behind this move is to rebuild Kerala and to utilize the money for rehabilitation work.
The events that have been canceled include the school Kalolsavam ( the art festival ), youth carnivals, the international film festival of Kerala (IFFK) and various events organized by Kerala tourism. The funds allocated for organizing all these celebrations will now be accorded to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala has appealed all the Keralites across the globe to make contributions for flood relief. Due to massive destruction, it is estimated that an amount of 30,000 crores is required to rebuild Kerala.
Severe floods affected Kerala due to unusually heavy rains at the beginning of July 2018. It was the worst flood in Kerala. It has taken the lives of more than 400 people. Though the condition due to heavy rains is stable now. People have started returning to their homes from the relief camps. Days after the situation due to floods is eased, the state is facing various health-related problems including leptospirosis ( Rat fever ).
Leptospirosis is caused due to rats drowned in flood water and contaminated it with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria enter the human body through small cuts, injuries, through mouth eyes and nose. Symptoms of leptospirosis are fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle aches. Proper guidelines have been issued to all the private hospitals in the state regarding how to treat patients suffering from leptospirosis. Antibiotics like Penicillin are also provided to all the hospitals in the state. All the preventive measures are taken to check the spread of the fevers.
The state government is also planning to raise funds from various countries like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, UK, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Singapore, and Malaysia. Teams of ministers and officials will be designated for this purpose. Fundraising programmes will also be held across the major cities of India.