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Kerala govt issues guidelines to prevent damage, upscale rescue operations amid heavy rains in state

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : Following heavy rains in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has issued guidelines to prevent damage and upscale relief and rescue operations in the state.Four people have died in landslides at Koottikkal in Kottayam and Kokkayar in Idukki districts as heavy rain is continuing in Kerala, with six districts put on red alert. Considering the seriousness of the situation, the State Emergency Management Centre has been made more active and representatives from KSEB and Irrigation Departments have been deployed to assess the condition of the dams. All concerned department heads have been directed to be prepared to deal with any emergency.The official release by the Chief Minister’s office informed that one team of NDRF each has already been deployed in Pathanamthitta, , Thrissur and Malappuram districts. Chief Minister also requested that one of the two Army teams be deployed in Thiruvananthapuram…

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Centre happy with Kerala

The centre’s high-level multi-disciplinary public health team that was sent to Kerala to oversee COVID-19 control and containment measures indicated satisfaction with the mitigation approaches used in the state. The delegation assessed the COVID-19 treatment facilities at Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, Parippally Medical College, and Kolenchery General Hospital, and met with state Health Minister Veena George. “The team expressed satisfaction on the treatment given to the patients, basic facilities, and vaccination process in the state,” Veena George said. The central health team, recognised that the government had intervened effectively during the pandemic to avert a scarcity of oxygen and ICU beds in the state. “We have also requested the union government to allot 90 lakh additional doses of vaccine. We are trying to vaccinate 2.5 to 3 lakh persons per day,” the minister said. The team comprises Regional Director Officer Public Health specialist Ruchi jain…