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Keralites Begin Massive Cleanup as Flood Waters and Rains Recede

India | News18 | August 28, 2018, 2:00 pm
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 In one of the biggest cleaning missions following a natural calamity in India, more than 50,000 volunteers from all walks of life have descended on Kuttanad in Alappuzha district of flood-ravaged Kerala. Photo: Clean-up underway at Chakkulathkaav Temple in Kerala. (Aishwarya Kumar/News18.com)

In one of the biggest cleaning missions following a natural calamity in India, more than 50,000 volunteers from all walks of life have descended on Kuttanad in Alappuzha district of flood-ravaged Kerala. Photo: Clean-up underway at Chakkulathkaav Temple in Kerala. (Aishwarya Kumar/News18.com)

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 Kuttanad, in picturesque Alapuzha, is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. Lying below sea level, it has been inundated for days, affecting 2 lakh people. A road near Chakkulath Temple after the clean-up. (Aishwarya Kumar/News18.com)

Kuttanad, in picturesque Alapuzha, is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. Lying below sea level, it has been inundated for days, affecting 2 lakh people. A road near Chakkulath Temple after the clean-up. (Aishwarya Kumar/News18.com)

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 SUCI and PICCOS volunteers during the clean-up at Neeretapuram in Kuttanad. (Aishwarya Kumar/News18.com)

SUCI and PICCOS volunteers during the clean-up at Neeretapuram in Kuttanad. (Aishwarya Kumar/News18.com)

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 A man cleans his house as flood waters recede in Kuttanad, Kerala. While the clean-up is being conducted in 16 panchayats, the focus is on Kainakary, Chambakulam and Muttar, which were the worst-hit. (Image: AP)

A man cleans his house as flood waters recede in Kuttanad, Kerala. While the clean-up is being conducted in 16 panchayats, the focus is on Kainakary, Chambakulam and Muttar, which were the worst-hit. (Image: AP)

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 A man removes debris from a collapsed house after floods in Paravur, Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

A man removes debris from a collapsed house after floods in Paravur, Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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 Two youth walk to clean their flood affected homes as water levels recede in Kuttanad. (Image: AP)

Two youth walk to clean their flood affected homes as water levels recede in Kuttanad. (Image: AP)

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 A man cleans up his house after flood water subsided, in Puthenvelikkara near Kochi. (Image: PTI)

A man cleans up his house after flood water subsided, in Puthenvelikkara near Kochi. (Image: PTI)

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 A woman cleans the mud from the entrance of her house following floods in Paravur in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

A woman cleans the mud from the entrance of her house following floods in Paravur in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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 A man salvages the items at his shop after flood water receded at North Paravoor in Kochi. (Image: PTI)

A man salvages the items at his shop after flood water receded at North Paravoor in Kochi. (Image: PTI)

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 A man cleans up his house after flood water subsided at Chengannur district of the Kerala. (Image: PTI)

A man cleans up his house after flood water subsided at Chengannur district of the Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 A man removes trash from sludge accumulated outside his flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

A man removes trash from sludge accumulated outside his flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

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 Volunteers clean a house following floods on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

Volunteers clean a house following floods on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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 A man cleans the muddy floor of a building in Kochi following widespread flooding in Kerala. (Image: AFP)

A man cleans the muddy floor of a building in Kochi following widespread flooding in Kerala. (Image: AFP)

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 A resident cleans household goods salvaged from sludge in his flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

A resident cleans household goods salvaged from sludge in his flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

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 A man carries a bunch of wooden planks after removing them from sludge inside his flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

A man carries a bunch of wooden planks after removing them from sludge inside his flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

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 A volunteer cleans a house following floods on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

A volunteer cleans a house following floods on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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 An excavator removes muck caused due to recent floods on the banks of Periyar river, on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: AP)

An excavator removes muck caused due to recent floods on the banks of Periyar river, on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: AP)

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 Residents salvage household goods outside their flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

Residents salvage household goods outside their flood affected house in Kochi. (Image: AP)

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 Residents wash household goods after salvaging them from sludge and muck accumulated inside their flood affected houses in Kochi. (Image: AP)

Residents wash household goods after salvaging them from sludge and muck accumulated inside their flood affected houses in Kochi. (Image: AP)

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 People walk along a muddy road in Kochi following widespread flooding in the south Indian state of Kerala. (Image: AFP)

People walk along a muddy road in Kochi following widespread flooding in the south Indian state of Kerala. (Image: AFP)

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 Residents remove a motorcycle stuck between banana plants in a flood affected area in Kochi. (Image: AP)

Residents remove a motorcycle stuck between banana plants in a flood affected area in Kochi. (Image: AP)

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 Household goods are placed on road to dry after being salvaged by residents from their flood affected houses in Kochi. (Image: AP)

Household goods are placed on road to dry after being salvaged by residents from their flood affected houses in Kochi. (Image: AP)

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 Books and other documents damaged in floods are left to dry as a man rides a boat to fetch fodder for his flood affected cattle in Kuttanad, Kerala. (Image: AP)

Books and other documents damaged in floods are left to dry as a man rides a boat to fetch fodder for his flood affected cattle in Kuttanad, Kerala. (Image: AP)

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 Army personnel pack up their material after carrying out rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas, at North Paravoor in Kochi. (Image: PTI)

Army personnel pack up their material after carrying out rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas, at North Paravoor in Kochi. (Image: PTI)

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