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Flood highlights: Rahul Gandhi reaches Malappuram to meet flood-affected, review situation

Flood highlights: While over 30 people have lost their lives in unprecedented Maharashtra rains, 19 have died in Gujarat. In Kerala, the death toll has gone up to 68, and in Karnataka 31 people have lost their lives.

By HT Correspondent | Aug 11, 2019 23:47 IST

Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi reached Kerala for his two-day visit today and interacted with the flood victims with the help of local leaders. As many as 11 people have died in the district alone due to floods. The Wayanad MP visited a relief camp at Boodanam Church in Nilambur, Malappuram in Kerala and reviewed relief measures in the flood-ravaged district.

Incessant rainfall in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala has thrown life out of gear. A red alert has been issued in eight districts of Kerala- Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod.

Karnataka state government pegged the losses caused by rains and floods at Rs 6,000 crore and has sought Rs 3000 crore as relief from the Centre. In Maharashtra, around 1.97 lakh people were evacuated, taking the total number of people displaced in the floods to 4.5 lakh so far.


5:11 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi reaches Malappuram

Rahul Gandhi reaches relief camp in Boodanam Church in Nilambur, Malappuram and meets flood-affected people. He is in his Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad, to review the flood situation.

4:52 pm IST

Pinarayi Vijayan slams ‘anti-social elements’ for asking people not to donate to CM’s Relief Fund

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday slammed “anti-social elements” who have been telling people not to contribute to CM’s disaster relief fund for flood victims.

“Anti-social elements have been spreading wrong messages against the interest of Kerala by asking people not to contribute to CM’s disaster relief fund. The very fact that they have started this anti-Kerala campaign when I have not even asked for any contribution yet, shows their anti-social nature. All political parties must stand united against this campaign,” CM Vijayan said.

03:25 pm IST

Amit Shah reaches Belagavi to assess flood damage in region

Amit Shah has arrived in Belagavi. He is set to conduct an aerial assessment of flood damage in the region.

03:15 pm IST

RSS sets up relief camps in Sangli district

A relief camp has been set up by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in flood-affected Sangli district. The organization will also distribute food packets to people in the area. : ANI

03:00 pm IST

‘8 helicopters deployed in Gujarat, Maharashtra’: Chief Air Marshal

South Western Air Command Chief Air Marshal HS Arora says, “to provide assistance in the prevailing flood situation in Gujarat and Maharashtra, South Western Air Command has deployed 8 helicopters...So far all rescue requirements for marooned people have been completed successfully.” : ANI

02:48 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi reaches Kozhikode

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives in Kozhikode. He is on his way to Wayanad. “For the next few days, I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad that has been ravaged by floods. I will be visiting relief camps across Wayanad and reviewing relief measures with District and State officials,” Gandhi tweeted, earlier in the day.

02:40 pm IST

‘Released funds not enough, Karnataka feels betrayed’: Siddaramaiah

“Already released funds are not sufficient even for the first-aid. Compared to the relief funds given to the other states, Karnataka feel betrayed,” tweets Siddaramaiah.

02:20 pm IST

‘Rescue operation made difficult due to low light, inclement weather’: IAF

Indian Air Force (IAF): The rescue operation, made difficult by low light and inclement weather, was one of many such operations being undertaken by IAF towards flood relief. : ANI

02:05 pm IST

IAF rescues 6 people from near Raichur’s Narayanpur Dam

Indian Air Force: Mi-17 rescued 6 people stranded near Narayanpur Dam, Raichur district, Karnataka. A pregnant woman in need of medical aid was attended to by an IAF medical officer on-board the helicopter and later transferred to a hospital on landing. : ANI

01:47 pm IST

Legal action to be taken against people selling products on higher prices in Kolhapur

Kolhapur Collector Office: Legal action will be taken against those who are selling products/commodities in increased price, taking advantage of floods in the city. Citizens are requested to call on 1077 and 2655416 for any such complaint. : ANI

01:32 pm IST

Toll goes up to 68 in Kerala

“Efforts are on to rescue the trapped. Intensity of the rain has come down considerably,” CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.

01:15 pm IST

Operations at Kochi international airport resume

Flight operations from the Kochi international airport have been resumed.

01:00 pm IST

Navy teams rescued nearly 2,200 from Karnataka

Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh NM, Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area: Navy has deployed 8 relief teams and 2 helicopters in Belagavi and Uttar Kannada districts. The teams have so far managed to rescue nearly 2,200 people. As of yesterday evening,waters have started receding. : ANI

12:50 pm IST

Hosanagara in Karnataka continues to receive heavy rainfall

Hosanagara in Karnataka continues to receive heavy rainfall. Chakra Dam and Savehaklu Reservoir are filled to the brim. : ANI

12:35 pm IST

Gujarat constable carries children on shoulders in flood waters

Pruthviraj Jadeja, a Gujarat police constable carried two children on his shoulders for over 1.5 km in flood waters in Kalyanpar village of Morbi district, to safety.


12:20 pm IST

‘Will be based out of my LS constituency for some time’: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi tweets, “For the next few days I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad (#Kerala) that has been ravaged by floods. I will be visiting relief camps across Wayanad and reviewing relief measures with District and State officials.”

12:05 pm IST

Toll reaches 60 in Kerala: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan: 60 deaths have been confirmed till today in the state. : ANI

11:50 am IST

Assessment of public property damage to be submitted

Instructions have also been issued to various government departments to submit a report on assessment of damage to public properties due to recent flood and heavy rain within a week.

11:35 am IST

District Collectors told to submit flood assessment report by Aug 17

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner yesterday wrote to District Collectors of Bolangir,Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawarangur, Rayagada and Sambalpur to submit an assessment report by Aug 17 on damage to private properties due to recent flood and heavy rainfall.

11:20 am IST

Changes made in train services in Kerala

Due to flooding, land slides and trees and boulders falling on railway tracks caused by heavy rains, and consequent disruption of rail traffic, changes have been made in train services in Kerala.

11:07 am IST

NDRF personnel carry out rescue operations in Sangli

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel carry out rescue and relief operations in Sangli district.

Rescue and relief operations underway in Sangli district. ( ANI Twitter )
10:54 am IST

Flood water receding in Kolhapur district

Flood-water is receding in Shiroli village, in Kolhapur district, relief operations are underway. : ANI

Flood water receding in Kolhapur. ( ANI Twitter )
10:40 am IST

9 bodies recovered from landslide site in Kerala’s Kavalappara

Nine bodies have been recovered so far in the incident of landslide that occurred at Kerala’s Kavalappara, Nilambur in Malappuram district on August 8.

10:30 am IST

Navy continues search and rescue operations in Karnataka

Indian Navy continued unrelenting search and rescue as well as relief operations via land and air in the flood hit districts of Karnataka. ALH from INS Hansa, Goa was scrambled yesterday to drop flood relief materials to the stranded citizens in Ankola Taluk , Uttara Kannada.

10:20 am IST

Army tweets on Maharashtra floods - evacuated more than 5000 persons

“Four specialised teams of ‘The Bombay Engineer Group’ alongwith many #IndianArmy teams have evacuated more than 5000 persons. Sick, elderly and children are priorities. Teams are distributing essential items and medicines to all marooned and needy,” tweeted Indian army.

10:16 am IST

Amit Shah to do aerial survey of flood affected areas of Karnataka

Home Minister Amit Shah will do aerial survey of flood affected areas of Karnataka today

10:12 am IST

Spillway Gates of Wayanad’s Banasura Sagar Dam opened yesterday

Spillway Gates of Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad were opened, yesterday. : ANI

10:02 am IST

IAF personnel rescue a girl in Gujarat’s Jamnagar

Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel rescuing a girl in flood affected in Gujarat’s Jamnagar.


09:50 am IST

Parts of Gujarat’s Rajkot were flooded

Gujarat: Parts of Rajkot were flooded due to incessant rain in the region.

Parts of Rajkot were flooded. ( ANI Twitter )
09:35 am IST

Rail transport was affected due to landslides in Karnataka

Karnataka: Rail transport on the section between Sakleshpur and Subramanya stations was affected adversely due to landslides and soil erosion on multiple spots. : ANI

09:20 am IST

Navy augmented rescue operations in Kolhapur

Indian Navy: Based on a request from Maharashtra Govt, Indian Navy augmented rescue efforts at Kolhapur from Eastern Naval Command. 15 teams comprising 45 naval divers along with 15 inflatable Gemini boats were airlifted from Visakhapatnam by 2 IAF AN32 aircraft, yesterday. : ANI