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Kerala floods Highlights: Necessary help equivalent to total damages caused needed, says CM

Life in Kerala’s Idukki is gradually moving back to normalcy. ATM services have resumed. Work is in progress to re-establish connectivity and restore communication. Here are the live updates:

By HT Correspondent | Aug 20, 2018 23:12 IST

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that 90% of the rescue is over, and over 10 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

The chief justice of India Dipak Misra said SC judges will also contribute to Kerala flood relief fund.

Union minister KJ Alphons on Monday said, that Kerala doesn’t need clothes and food, it needs electricians, plumbers, and carpenters to put life back into the state, reported ANI.

Thirteen more deaths were reported on Sunday in the floods triggered by 10 days of torrential rainfall in Kerala, taking the death toll to 239. The overall death toll since May 29 rose to 370.

Here are the LIVE updates:

10:25pm IST

Necessary help needed, says CM

“223 people lost their lives between August 8-20. 6 people died today. Centre said they will make all necessary requirements available to us but in today’s situation what is most needed is the necessary help, equivalent to the total damages caused so far,” says Kerala chief minister.

9:40pm IST

Maldives donates $50,000 for flood-hit Kerala

Expressing sympathies to the government and people of India over the death and destruction in Kerala floods, the Maldives has announced a donation of $50,000 as a “token contribution in solidarity”, the Maldives Embassy said.

“This donation is a small gesture to a neighbour and friend who has always stood by Maldives in its hour of need,” Maldives Ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed said.

9:38pm IST

Centre should declare Kerala floods as national calamity: Andhra CM

“Central govt should declare it as a national calamity. It is the responsibility of everyone to restore normalcy in Kerala,” says Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu.

“Andhra has extended assistance of nearly Rs 50 Crore through all means including financial help. As per the request of Kerala CM 2000 MT of rice would be supplied to Kerala at a cost of Rs 6 Crore. The MPs and MLCs are donating one month salary towards Kerala floods,” he added.

9:15pm IST

India stands with Kerala in this hour of need: Piyush Goyal

“India stands with Kerala in this hour of need. The central government is exempting basic customs duty and IGST for the consignments of aid and relief materials being dispatched or imported from abroad for the affected people,” tweets railway minister Piyush Goyal.

9:00pm IST

Diageo donates Rs 1 crore to flood-hit Kerala

Leading liquor major Diageo India donated Rs 1 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, the company said on Monday. “Our officials met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and donated the fund for the massive flood relief work underway across the coastal state,” said the Indian arm of the British beverage firm.

8:45pm IST

One million in Kerala relief centres: CM

Over one million people are now sheltered in 3,274 relief camps in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, even as rains that have battered the state for a week finally abate A total of 602 marooned people were rescued on Monday, the Chief Minister added.

8:30pm IST

Army will stay in Kerala till situation stabilised: Southern chief

The Army will continue to be engaged in the rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala till the situation stabilised, Southern Command chief Lt Gen DR Soni said. He also said the Army’s medical teams would extend the first line of relief in co-ordination with the government.

“There are inaccessible areas and our men will continue to reach out to people who needed to be rescued,” he added.

8:15pm IST

No provision to declare a disaster as ‘national calamity’: Centre

The Centre informed the Kerala High Court there was no legal provision to declare a disaster as a national calamity, amid demands for declaring the floods as a national disaster. In an affidavit, the Centre said it has treated the flood situation in Kerala as a “Disaster of Serious Nature” and has categorised the same as ‘L3 Level of Disaster’ under the National Disaster Management Guidelines.

“It is submitted that there is no provision in statutes or manuals to declare a disaster as a ‘national calamity’, howsoever big it may be. It is only an expression used in general parlance,” the Centre said.

8:00pm IST

Why not declare Kerala floods a national calamity: AAP asks Modi

Delhi’s ruling AAP on Monday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not declaring Kerala’s devastating floods a national calamity.

“Why the delay in declaring Kerala floods a national calamity? People are suffering and you are being indecisive?” the Aam Aadmi Party tweeted on its official Twitter handle.

7:50pm IST

Delhi officers hand over Rs 1.5 lakh to Kejriwal for flood relief

Rs 1.5 lakh collected by the association of DANICS officers for the flood-affected people of Kerala was handed over to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Officers belonging to Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Civil Service (DANICS) also pledged to donate their one-day salary for the flood victims, the association said.

7:40pm IST

SC judges to contribute to Kerala flood relief fund: CJI

Twenty five Supreme Court judges would contribute in the relief funds for the victims of flood in Kerala which has seen the large scale devastation of lives and properties, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said.

According to the apex court sources, the judges will contribute Rs 25,000 each to the relief fund.

7:35pm IST

Dept of Consumer Affairs dispatches 100 Metric tonnes of pulses

7:30pm IST

Jamia teachers to donate one-day salary

Jamia teachers have decided to donate one-day salary to the flood-affected people of Kerala, says Jamia Teachers’ Association.

7:00pm IST

Centre declares Kerala floods calamity of severe nature: MHA

The massive flood in Kerala has been declared a calamity of severe nature, the Home Ministry said.

“Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides in Kerala, this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes,” a home ministry official said.

6:17pm IST

Production at two Apollo Tyres plants affected

Production operations of the company’s plants located at Perambra and Kalamassery, Kerala have been disrupted due to the floods, Apollo Tyres said in a BSE filing.

6:00pm IST

Maharashtra sends medical team to Kerala

A team of 81 doctors from Mumbai and Pune left by an Air India flight on Monday with medical relief supplies to help the flood victims in Kerala.

Meanwhile, through efforts of various organisations coordinated by the state government, another five tonnes of relief supplies including food packs, milk powder, blankets, bedsheets, clothes, soaps and sanitary napkins will be sent to Kerala on Monday.

5:45pm IST

Kerala floods should be declared national disaster: Antony

Congress Working Committee member AK Antony demanded that the Centre immediately declare the Kerala floods as a national disaster. “When floods hit Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre said it was almost like a national disaster and Rs 1,000 crore was sanctioned. But when Kerala is facing the worst-ever natural calamity, just Rs 600 crore has been sanctioned, which is nothing in view of the huge damage caused in the state,” he said.

5:30pm IST

Centre asks industrialists, firms to extend help

Centre has asked industrialists, business organisations to extend help to Kerala in dealing with flood situation: Union minister Suresh Prabhu.

4:25pm IST

Relief items being distributed to flood victims

4:20pm IST

Priority right now is health, sanitation: State health minister

“The chief minister has spoken to us and we have discussed the situation at hand.Our priority right now is health and sanitation. We have all the resources required to help the people and we also urge them to come forward if they have any issue related to the same,” says Kerala health minister KK Shailaja.

4:00pm IST

SGPC sends flood relief material

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is sending flood relief material for people affected due to Kerala floods. Two relief camp teams are being sent; one by road and the other by air: ANI.

3:45 pm IST

243 motorised, 24 non-motorised, 21 hired boats deployed: Defence ministry

Around 30,000 people have been successfully rescued by Indian Armed Forces in flood -affected areas while 3,500 people have been provided medical aid.

3:26 pm IST

‘Operation Madad’: Army rescues 1850 people

The Engineer Task Force of 202 Engineer Regiment of the Army rescued total of 1850 personnel including patients, children , ladies and senior citizens. Provided food, water, clothing, medicines.

3:05 pm IST

Open call centre for Bengali migrants: WB Congress president urges PM

West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open a call centre in Bengali language to assist migrant workers from Bengal who were trapped in flood ravaged Kerala.

Language is a great barrier for Bengali speaking migrants in Kerala and they would not be able to express their condition as well as communicate to their families back home, Chowdhury wrote in a letter to the prime minister.

3:00 pm IST

Telangana IAS officers to donate a day’s salary

Telangana IAS Officers’ Association on Monday said it has resolved to contribute at least one day salary of the serving officers to the Kerala chief minister’s relief fund.

2:50 pm IST

Ramdev sends relief material

“Relief material worth Rs.50 Lakh has been sent to flood affected areas of #Kerala & #Karnataka & we will be sending material worth Rs.1.5 crore more. Nation is proud of the rescue & relief operations conducted by our security forces in the flood affected areas” tweeted ANI quoting Yoga Guru Ramdev.

2:30 pm IST

90% rescue operations completed, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that 90% of the rescue is over, and over 10 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

Volunteers pass boxes of food aid at a relief camp for people displaced by flooding in Aluva on the outskirts of Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerala on August 20, 2018. ( AFP Photo )
2:25 pm IST

NDMA advises caution

NDMA advises caution ( NDMA/Twitter )
2:18 pm IST

Puducherry govt staff to donate one day salary

The government employees in Puducherry have decided to contribute their one day salary to the Kerala flood relief fund, reports PTI.

2:15 pm IST

Relief material arrives at Kochi Naval Base

Relief material from different parts of the country has started arriving at the port here to provide some succour to the people of Kerala devastated by unprecedented floods in about a century, officials said on Monday, reports PTI.

A Cochin Port Trust official said Naval Ship INS Deepak, carrying relief material from Mumbai, arrived with about 800 tonnes of fresh water and nearly 18 tonnes of provisions

2:05 pm IST

70 teams part of rescue efforts, says Army

“Around 70 teams are present there with boats, life vests and food packets. Places where light and helicopters can’t reach, my boys have reached,” ANI quotes General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, Lt Gen DR Soni as saying.

1:50 pm IST

Authorities bury carcasses of animals to contain epidemic

Authorities are collecting carcasses of animals and burying them in order to contain epidemic.

1:42 pm IST

CJI Dipak Misra, SC judges to contribute to Kerala aid

SC judges will also contribute to Kerala flood relief fund, says chief justice of India Dipak Misra.

1:40 pm IST

Relief camps overstretched

More than 10 lakh people have been moved to relief camps now, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan. As numbers increase, the situation at the camps gets tough given the strain on resources.

1:33 pm IST

Police given powers to arrest people not leaving homes

Police have been given special powers to arrest people unwilling to leave their submerged houses. Many have asked for food and ration but refuse to leave their homes.

1:30 pm IST

Life in Idukki gradually moving back to normalcy

Life in Idukki is gradually moving back to normalcy. ATM services have resumed. Work is in progress to re-establish connectivity and restore communication.

12:55 pm IST

1 million people in relief camps: Tourism minister

As the rescue and relief operations continue in flood-hit Kerala, Union tourism minister KJ Alphons on Monday said that the authorities have housed at least one million people in scores of relief camps set up by the administration across the state, reports ANI.

12:50 pm IST

Malayalis in J’khand cancel Onam fete, start donation drive

A Malayali association in Jamshedpur has decided to cancel Onam celebrations this year in view of the devastating floods in Kerala that claimed over 200 lives and rendered more than seven lakh people homeless.

12:45 pm IST

3757 medical camps set: Union minster JP Nadda

Till now, 3757 medical camps have been setup in Kerala. There is requirement of 90 different medicines and first installment has reached. Issued advisory for daily monitoring and surveillance. Quick response medical teams to start work as soon as water recedes, tweeted ANI, quoting Union minster JP Nadda.

12:40 pm IST

9-year-old Tamil Nadu girl donates savings

A 9-year-old girl from a town in Tamil Nadu parted with her savings of four years meant for a bicylce, for Kerala flood relief. The girl’s gesture moved a premier cycle manufacturer, who has now promised her to gift the cycle of her dreams.

12:25 pm IST

Fear of spread of disease, say health authorities

Health authorities prepared defences against the spread of disease in flood-hit Kerala state on Monday as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace after the worst floods.

12:15 pm IST

Challenge shifts from rescue to relief

As rescue operations in Kerala on Monday entered its final stages, the biggest challenge before the authorities in the flood aftermath turned into managing the over 5,500 relief camps housing more than 7,00,000 people across the state, reports IANS.

12:00 pm IST

Venkaiah Naidu holds review meeting, donates one month salary

Vice president of India Venkaiah Naidu called a review meeting on Kerala floods with deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh and other senior officials of Rajya Sabha and vice president secretariat and decided to donate a month’s salary for relief measures.

Vice president of India Venkaiah Naidu called a review meeting on Kerala floods with deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh and other senior officials of Rajya Sabha. ( ANI/Twitter )
11:55 am IST

Coimbatore’s CRPF Wife’s Welfare Association sends aid

Regional CRPF Wife’s Welfare Association in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore flagged off relief materials consisting of dry rations, clothing, medicines, sanitary items in 12 trucks with Rapid Action Force (RAF) team to Kerala’s Thrissur and Chalakudy, reports ANI.

Regional CRPF Wife’s Welfare Association in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore flagged off relief materials to Kerala. ( ANI/Twitter )
11:50 am IST

Four express trains to run as per normal schedule

Nizamuddin- Ernakulam Mangala Lakshadweep Express, Mangalore-Nagercoil Parasuram Express, Jamnagar–Tirunelveli Express and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus -Thiruvananthapuram Netravathi Express from Shoranur junction to run as per normal schedule, reports ANI.

11:45 am IST

Chhattisgarh IPS and SPS officers donate one day salary

Extending support to flood-hit people of Kerala, senior police officers of Chhattisgarh will donate one day salary to the victims. The officers include all Indian Police Officers (IPS) and State Police Services (SPS), who are posted in the state.

11:35 am IST

Navy rescues 109 people in Thrissur

Indian Navy rescue team joined six ropes across a stream in Thrissur on Sunday rescuing 109 people who were stranded on the other side after the bridge over it collapsed, reports ANI.

11:25 am IST

Shiv Sena MPs, MLAs to contribute one month salary

All MPs and MLAs of Shiv Sena will contribute their one month salary to Kerala chief minister’s relief fund, reports ANI.

11:15 am IST

Don’t need clothes/food, need electricians, plumbers, carpenters: KJ Alphons

“There’ll be no electricity in homes. Carpentry, plumbing would be gone. We need hundreds of thousands of electricians, plumbers, carpenters to rush to Kerala. We don’t need clothes/food.Ppl with technical capabilities are reqd to put life back into Kerala,” tweeted ANI quoting Union minister KJ Alphons.

11:10 am IST

Biggest heroes are fisherman, says Union minister KJ Alphons

Quoting Union minister KJ Alphons, ANI tweeted, “Today we have close to a million people in relief camps. District collectors are working as coordinators & providing supplies. Central forces are providing amazing service to Kerala. Biggest heroes are fishermen,they came in 600 boats&are rescuing people:”

10:55 am IST

Bodies found as floods recede

Receding flood waters left troops and rescuers the grim task Monday of hunting for bodies left by the worst monsoon in a century in Kerala, reports AFP.

10:25 am IST

Indian NGO in America raises USD 10,000 for relief

Sewa International, an Indian non-profit organisation in America, has raised over USD 10,000 for the flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala, reports PTI.

10:15 am IST

‘Thanks’ note painted on roof of Kochi house

A ‘Thanks’ note painted on the roof of a house in Kochi from where the Naval ALH piloted by Cdr Vijay Varma had rescued two women on August 17.

10:10 am IST

Indian Coast Guard continues rescue operations

Indian Coast Guard continues relief and rescue operations across Kerala, reports ANI.

10:05 am IST

55 doctors from Mumbai, 26 from Pune leave for Thiruvananthapuram

55 doctors from Mumbai’s JJ Hospital, 26 doctors from Pune’s Sassoon hospital and paramedical staff leave for Thiruvananthapuram in two Air India aircraft.

Doctors from Mumbai and Pune leave for Thiruvananthapuram. ( ANI/Twitter )
10:00 am IST

No heavy rainfall for next 5 days: IMD

It is expected that for the next five days there won’t be heavy rainfall in Kerala, rainfall will gradually decrease over the state, said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, India Meteorological Department.

9:10 am IST

2 BSF boats from Vizag to reach Thiruvananthapuram

2 BSF boats from Vizag will reach Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, tweeted National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

9:05 am IST

60T medicines from Hindon, 70 doctors from Mumbai sent to Thiruvananthapuram

60T medicines from Hindon and 70 doctors and 30 personnel with medicines from Mumbai have been sent to Thiruvananthapuram, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

9:00 am IST

28.5 T relief material from Mumbai, 4T food from Mysore

28.5 T food and relief material is being moved from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram, while 4T packaged food from Mysore is being moved to Thiruvananthapuram, tweeted National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

8:50 am IST

50 RO plants, 7T* milk powder moved from Hyderabad

50 RO plants and 7T milk powder from Hyderabad, and 33T food packets from Halwara were moved to Thiruvananthapuram, tweeted National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

*1T=1000 kg

8:40 am IST

First commercial flight lands at Kochi Naval Air Station

First commercial flight lands at INS Garuda Kochi Naval Air Station after Cochin International Airport got affected due to floods, reports ANI.

8:35 am IST

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MPs to donate one month salary

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MPs to donate their one month salary to Kerala chief minister’s distress relief fund, reports ANI.

8:20 am IST

Telangana Dy CM to donate one month’s salary

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali has decided to donate his one-month salary to flood-hit Kerala state.

8:10 am IST

Assam to give Rs 3 cr to Kerala for flood relief

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said his state would give Rs 3 crore aid to rain-ravaged Kerala, where 210 have died in the last 10 days.