New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday declared that the schools in the state will open Wednesday onwards, after remaining shut for a time being due to heavy and incessant rains across Kerala. The Chief Minister said in a tweet, “The children of Kerala will go back to school tomorrow, with the exception of a few in severely affected areas. Many of these children were affected by the floods. Schools in the affected areas have been sanitized to welcome them.” Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day visit to flood-affected areas of Kerala starting Tuesday. Kerala has been facing the worst flood in a century, which claimed lives of as many as 357 people. The Congress chief visited the flood-affected areas of Chengannur, Alappuzha and Angamaly on Tuesday. On the second day of his visit, he is scheduled to visit Wayanad district. Also Read - Kerala Logs Highest Single-Day Spike with Over 40K Cases, Govt to Strengthen Anti-COVID Measures

Earlier on August 18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the flood-ravaged Kerala and announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 assistance to the seriously injured from PM’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF). Apart from PM Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman have also paid a visit to the flood-affected areas of Kerala.

It must be noted that Kerala faced the heaviest rains and consequent widespread floods and destruction since 1924, which the state estimates have caused a loss of over Rs 19,500 crore. Meanwhile, people from every part of the country are donating for Kerala. States chiefs have also announced relief aid for the flood-hit Kerala.