Clean-up operations gather steam in Kerala

With flood waters receding from most of the places, the Kerala government has taken up the massive task of cleaning houses and public places filled with slush left behind by the massive deluge that claimed 231 lives, besides causing large-scale destruction.

The government has set up a control room in Thiruvananthapuram to coordinate the cleaning process across the state and the civic bodies have been entrusted with the task of managing the work, official sources said.

Haritha Kerala Mission, a mission integrating waste management, organic farming and water resources management, would also coordinate the cleaning process.

Teams drawn from different areas, including electricians and plumbers, have also been deployed. They would work along with more than 50,000 volunteers to clean houses and public places filled with slush and debris dumped by the floods, officials said.

As water level has receded, people have started returning home.

However, more than 13.43 lakh people are still lodged in 3,520 camps across the southern state.