‘Severe calamity’:’ Now, Kerala faces huge task of rebuilding

The Centre on Monday declared the devastating floods in Kerala a “calamity of severe nature” as the state braced for the gigantic task of reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure and rehabilitation of lakhs of people rendered homeless. The death toll in the current spell of monsoon fury that began on August 8 has risen to 223, officials said.

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Kerala floods: Over 1 million in relief camps

The massive flood in Kerala has been declared a calamity of severe nature, the Union home ministry said on Monday. “Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides in Kerala, this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes,” a home ministry official said. This categorisation will enable the state get greater monetary and other assistance from the Centre.

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No dialogue offer from Modi to Imran: Pakistan

The spokesperson stressed that new Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had not stated that “the Indian Prime Minister had made an offer of a dialogue”, but had said that Modi in his letter to Khan, had also mentioned something similar to what the foreign minister elucidated earlier “that the way forward was only through constructive engagement”.

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