Caught in monsoon fury, Kerala government cancels Onam celebrations in state

Kerala is going through a really hard time due to heavy rains and floods across the state. Onam, Kerala’s most important harvest festival is due on 25 August. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Onam celebrations across the state have been cancelled due to incessant rains. The funds that were kept aside for Onam celebrations will be now spent on relief works!

The government of Kerala had planned a weeklong celebration starting from Friday. On Wednesday alone, nearly ten people have died across the state in rain related accidents. The death toll has hit almost 50 now. Over 12 districts in the state are still under red alert. An orange alert has been issued in the national capital Thiruvananthapuram and nearby Kollam.

Kochi International Airport has been shut till 18 August due to water rise on the runway.

The central government has promised Rs 100 crore for relief works. The state government had also requested people to co-operate with the government so that relief works can be done smoothly. According to reports, there has been loss of over Rs 1000 crore across the state.

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