Kerala floods highlights: 33 deaths today, orange alert for 3 districts on Sunday
The death toll in the Kerala floods has crossed 200 in the past 10 days, and to 357 overall this monsoon season, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, calling it a ‘grave’ situation. The India Meteorological Department forecast widespread rains, with heavy rains at isolated places, is likely to continue over Kerala in the next 24 hours.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Kerala to take stock of the situation. The Prime Minister, who conducted an aerial survey earlier today to assess the damage, also held a high-level meeting and announced an interim relief of Rs 500 crores. However, Vijayan has sought an emergency relief of Rs 2,500 crore from the Centre saying Kerala has suffered losses of Rs 25,000 crore.Here are the highlights:
3 more NDRF teams moved from Pune to Kerala
Three more teams of NDRF have been moved from Pune to Kerala. Earlier, 4 teams had been sent. A total of 7 NDRF teams from Pune have been sent for rescue operation, reports ANI.11:01pm IST
NDRF rescue operation in Kerala10:45pm IST
Navy rescued 200 people, atmosphere much better today: MLA Saji Cherian
Chengannur MLA Saji Cherian, who broke down on a TV show on Friday, says, “People in remote areas were scared and boats weren’t able to rescue them. That’s what caused my reaction. Today, Navy has rescued 200 people and atmosphere is much better.”10:26pm IST
Coast guard rescues 127 people stranded in East Kadangaloor
#KeralaFloods2018 #OPRAHAT @IndiaCoastGuard Team rescued 127 marooned people from the flooded homes of East #Kadangaloor including a 10 day old infant and also a mother with advanced pregnancy today. All shifted to safety @DefenceMinIndia @CMOKerala @DG_PIB @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/QulykklUoL— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) August 18, 2018
Railways to run special trains from Chennai to Kerala10:11pm IST
Aircraft hangar in Kochi Naval Base houses 250 people
#KeralaFloods2018 #KeralaFloodRelief #OpMadad A makeshift Relief shelter in an aircraft hangar in Naval Base Kochi housing at least 250 affected citizens of Kerala. Naval families in attendance to look after their needs 24X7 pic.twitter.com/mgJjYNiDat— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) August 18, 2018
IMD withdraws red alert for Kerala tomorrow
“IMD withdraws red alert for Kerala tomorrow. Only 3 districts - Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Ernakulam - warned of orange alert. All other districts warned of yellow and green alert, hinting likely rainfall at some places,” reports Doordarshan news.9:42pm IST
Telangana rushes 100 metric tonnes of food
The Telangana government has dispatched 100 metric tonnes of nutritious food for children in flood-hit Kerala.
The food manufactured by Telangana Foods, a state government enterprise, was airlifted to Kerala on Saturday. According to officials, the food known as ‘Balamrutham’ is worth Rs 52.5 lakh.
The food was airlifted by two Defence aircraft (C17 Globemaster) from Begumpet Airport. The food is expected to provide supplementary nutrition to about 50,000 children for 10 days, said the officials9:37pm IST
All Uttarakhand ministers, BJP MLAs to donate one month salary
All ministers and BJP MLAs of Uttarakhand to donate their one month salary towards Kerala flood relief, reports ANI.9:33pm IST
Liverpool offers help to Kerala flood victims
Liverpool Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Moore on Friday promised to help the Kerala flood victims after the team’s official supporters club, the Kerala Reds, sought help.
Dear @KeralaReds Our international supporters liaison team will be in contact to see what we can do to help. Thank you for reaching out, and please know that all of us here @LFC are thinking about you in this time of extreme difficulty #YNWA https://t.co/UJzscZZS6Y— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) August 17, 2018
Rajasthan announces financial assistance of Rs 10 crore
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announces financial assistance of Rs 10 crore from the state government, reports ANI.9:25pm IST
3 flights to operate from Kochi Naval Base airport from August 20: CM
“Three flights will start operate from the Kochi Naval Base airport from August 20. One will fly from Kochi to Coimbatore, two will fly from Kochi to Bengaluru,” CM says.9:19pm IST
We are in the midst of a disaster, must face it together: CM
“Please remember we are in the midst of a disaster, we must face it together. We have been able to deal with this disaster because of our unity so far, and this we must continue,” says CM.
The chief minister said that the death toll for today was 33.9:15pm IST
Centre was informed of situation every day: CM
“The Prime Minister, Home Minister and Defence Minister were kept informed of the situation in the state every day. The Home ministry initially announced Rs 100 crore as aid. The Prime Minister today announced Rs 500 crore in relief.”
“The losses due to rain and floods are at Rs 19,512 crore. We requested Rs 2000 crore from the Centre for immediate relief,” says CM.9:07pm IST
5 districts were given warning much in advance: CM
CM Pinarayi Vajayan holds press conference. “The state government gave Wayanad, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur warning much in advance,” he says.9:04pm IST
Actor Salim Kumar, 45 others rescued from his house
National award winning actor Salim Kumar, after remaining holed up in his house along with 45 others for three days, was finally rescued by a fishing boat on Saturday evening, reports IANS.
“I was receiving daily calls from NDRF officials even from Delhi that rescue will happen very soon, but help came after three days,” said Salimkumar.8:51pm IST
BPCL ensures fuel supply for rescue operations
The BPCL has made all the arrangements in its Kochi Refinery to ensure normal operations.
“The Kochi Refinery management committee under Executive Director, Prasad K Panicker is reviewing the operation round the clock and a 24-hours control room has been opened to coordinate with external agencies,” said the BPCL in a statement.
“The water pumping station of Kochi Refinery at Edamula, Aluva, that supplies water for the refinery operations has been flooded. However, presently, Kochi Refinery has water to meet the requirements for the next two days only and alternative arrangements are being made through in-house resources to meet the water requirements thereafter,” the statement added8:45pm IST
Kochi naval air strip to be open for commercial aircraft from Monday
Kochi naval air strip to be made available for commercial aircraft from Monday, says government.
Air India’s subsidiary -- Alliance Air -- had operated a proving flight to the Kochi naval base as an option for rescue operations in the state.
The exercise was aimed at confirming the feasibility of having Alliance Air operate more flights to Kochi’s defence airbase with turboprops to evacuate passengers, Air India said in a statement.8:37pm IST
Rajasthan SDRF team leaves for Kerala to provide relief
27-member team of the Rajasthan State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) left for Kerala with 8 boats and 15 jawans from Jaipur and 4 boats and 12 jawans from Jodhpur from a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force to provide relief and assistance to those affected by the floods.
“We are in touch with the Additional Director General of Police, Police Headquarters of Kerala. The team will be pressed into services on his instructions. The team is in a position to go to the immediate relief and assistance,” Additional Director General of SDRF B L Soni said.8:31pm IST
3 lakh food packets, 14 lakh litres of drinking water provided by Centre
“So far, various Central ministries have made available food, water and medicines which include 3,00,000 food packets, 6,00,000 MT of milk, 14,00,000 litres of drinking water, 150 potable water purification kits with capacity of 1,00,000 litre each,” says NCMC.8:27pm IST
5 more helicopters to be deployed tomorrow: Crisis management committee
“67 helicopters, 24 aircraft, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Navy, Army, Air Force, NDRF, Coast Guard, other CAPFs have been pressed into service to evacuate people from submerged areas to relief camps and distribute relief materials,” National Crisis Management Committee said.
“More than 6900 life jackets,3000 life buoys,167 inflatable tower lights, 2100 raincoats,1300 gumboots and 153 chainsaws have been provided as per request of the state government.The Cabinet Secretary directed 5 more helicopters to be mobilised by IAF, Navy and ONGC which will be pressed into service by tomorrow,” said NCMC.8:25pm IST
Mobile operators offering free SMS, data services: Govt
All mobile operators have offered free SMS and data services in Kerala, says government.8:21pm IST
Rainfall intensity to reduce from August 20: IMD
Kerala is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from August 20, Mritunjay Mohapatra, IMD Additional Director General said. He said the southern state received 170 per cent more precipitation than its normal from August 1 to August 17.
“Day before yesterday, there was heavy rainfall in almost all districts of Kerala. Yesterday, there was heavy rainfall in 3-4 districts. Today, we were expecting heavy rainfall in isolated places, but not very heavy rainfall.
“Tomorrow, we are expecting heavy rainfall in only 1-2 districts and remaining places of the state will only witness moderate rainfall. From August 20, we are not expecting any heavy rainfall. Gradually, the rainfall intensity is decreasing,” Mohapatra said.8:17pm IST
Red alert issued in Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Ernakulam
Red alert has been issued for tomorrow in Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Ernakulam districts in Kerala, reports ANI.8:07pm IST
Uttarakhand announces Rs 5 crore
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announces Rs 5 crore from the state government for Kerala. The Chief Minister will also donate his one month salary for relief operations, reports ANI.8:01pm IST
Southern Railway’s flood relief measures7:57pm IST
Special trains running between Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram7:53pm IST
Sending rice worth Rs 7.5 crore tomorrow: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh
“I spoke to Kerala CM today. We’ve decided that a train full of rice worth around Rs 7.5 crore will leave for Kerala tomorrow. Rs 3 crore will be provided in cash. Doctors, soldiers and even public of our state is ready to go there to help,” Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh.7:46pm IST
Situation alarming, Centre taking all steps to help people: BJP
“Situation in Kerala is very alarming and the reports coming from the state has made the whole nation sad,” BJP leader P. Muralidhar Rao said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.
“BJP is with the people of Kerala in this hour of crisis and devastation,” he said.
“More than 5,000 initiatives by different organisations has been taken up in Kerala, and the BJP has taken over 200 initiatives for the state. These initiatives will be further increased as the flood water starts receding,” Rao added.7:40pm IST
Hyundai Motor India donates Rs 1 crore
Senior vice-president of automobile company Hyundai Motor India Stephen Sudhakar and the south zone - business head of the company Y S Chang Sr handed over a cheque for Rs one crore to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram7:35pm IST
Tamil Nadu IAS officers donate one day’s salary
IAS officers in Tamil Nadu have decided to chip in by each contributing a day’s salary to the fund, a press release from the president of the Tamil Nadu IAS Officers Association PWC Davidar said.7:32pm IST
Rajinikanth donates Rs 15 lakh to CM’s relief fund
Actor Rajinikanth donated Rs 15 lakh and director Shankar granted Rs 10 lakh for the flood victims, sources told PTI.7:25pm IST
Rs 500 crore not enough, increase funds for relief, Rahul tells PM
Dear PM,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 18, 2018
Increasing funds allocated for Kerala relief to Rs.500 Cr is a good step but nowhere near enough. It is critical you declare the floods as a National Disaster. Please do not vacillate as the people of Kerala are suffering. #KeralaFloodRelief https://t.co/AxabEOHftR
300 rescued in Chengannur: Minister
“Massive rescue operation is underway in Chengannur, more than 300 people have been rescued. We need engineers to help us construct makeshift bridges so that rescue operations can be a carried out in forest areas,” says minister G Sudhakaran.6:57pm IST
Train with 14.5 lakh litres of drinking water to reach Kerala by Sunday
A 29-wagon train carrying 14.5 lakh litres of drinking water left from Pune around 5pm. It is expected to reach Kayankulam junction in Kerala within 24-28 hours.6:52pm IST
Relief material being dropped by Air Force in Chengannur6:48pm IST
Navy’s Operation Madad scaled up for rescue in many parts of Kerala
Navy’s Operation Madad has been scaled up for rescue in many parts of Kerala. SNC rescue teams have been augmented by Gemini boats, divers and other resources from both Eastern and Western Naval Commands of the India Navy. Seventy-two diving teams deployed across multiple locations in the state.
Air rescue has been carried out at various places of the three badly affected districts — Thrissur, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta. Various aircraft including ALH, Sea King, Chetak and MI 17 (of IAF) rescued more than 154 people till now, reports ANI.6:42pm IST
Confident will be able to rescue more stranded people: Alappuzha SP
Alappuzha Superintendent of Police AP Surendran tells IANS: “Things are moving fast on Saturday. Helicopters and more boats have been pressed into service. We are confident we will be able to rescue more stranded people.”6:38pm IST
PM Modi thanks UAE for its support
A big thanks to @hhshkmohd for his gracious offer to support people of Kerala during this difficult time. His concern reflects the special ties between governments and people of India and UAE.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
Navy’s rescue operation in Chengannur
Chengannur has been cut off for four days. State food minister P Thilothaman, who has been camping at Chengannur, told the media: “The need of the hour is that people require food packets and drinking water. About 15 small boats of the Navy are expected to join rescue and relief work. But, after dusk, no rescues are possible. Helicopters are also needed for faster evacuation.”6:15pm IST
Dalai Lama offers aid to Kerala
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and made a donation towards relief and rescue efforts.
“I am writing to express my sadness at the loss of life and devastation of property,” the letter said, “as well as the hardship caused to so many people due to unprecedented flooding in parts of your state.
“I appreciate that every effort is being made to rescue those affected and that relief efforts are underway. As a mark of my solidarity with the people of Kerala, I am making a donation from the Gaden Phodrang Trust of the Dalai Lama towards relief and rescue efforts,” it said.6:13pm IST
Visuals from village in Palakkad6:05pm IST
Centre working on providing medicines for post-flood prevention of diseases
JP Nadda, minister for health and family welfare, says he is monitoring the flood situation in Kerala on a continuous basis. “The Central government is coordinating with Kerala and working towards providing them medicines needed for post-flood prevention of vector borne diseases acute diarrhoeal diseases, zoonotic diseases, snake bites and dog bites besides focusing on disinfection of drinking water sources. Other States in the country have also come forward to support Kerala in conjunction with Government of India for such supplies,” he told ANI.5:59pm IST
Karnataka deploys 3 buses to pick up over 150 people stranded in Kerala’s Thrissur
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has deployed 3 Airavat club class buses to pick up more than 150 people stranded in Kerala’s Thrissur, from Palakkad to Mangalore and will not charge any fares to them, reports ANI.5:49pm IST
Video of Air Force carrying out winching operations
#KeralaFloodRelief efforts -— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) August 18, 2018
The video depicts one of many winching operations that are being executed by the @IAF_MCC in Kerala.
The @IAF_MCC continues to deploy helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to augment rescue operations during #KeralaFloods2018@nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/2QSjiNDnxB
Pinarayi Vijayan cancels trip to US for medical treatment
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called off his proposed trip to the US for medical treatment, an official said on Saturday. Vijayan was scheduled to leave for Mayo Clinic in the USA on Sunday.
According to the Chief Minister’s travel programme, which was confirmed after he returned from the US last month, he along with his wife was to leave on Sunday for the treatment of an undisclosed ailment, and was scheduled to return after 17 days. It is, however, not known if his trip has been deferred or cancelled altogether.5:30pm IST
Visuals of road damage in Palakkad
Nothing wrong with Enamavu Bund: Thrissur district collector
Thrissur district collector TV Anupama says on Facebook, “There are no problems with the Enamavu Bund.There is no need for the public to panic or leave the area.”5:24pm IST
Railways to provide free transportation of relief material: Piyush Goyal
We are concerned about the well being of people affected by Kerala floods & the Central Govt. is committed to providing all possible help. Railways will now provide free transportation of relief material for Kerala through various State Govt. agencies, PSUs & other Govt. agencies— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 18, 2018
8 lakh litres of drinking water to reach Kochi on Sunday
Here’s how flood victims can share location even when offline
The people waiting for relief or for a rescue team can share their location even when they are offline, Google said on Saturday.
Flood victims can use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them, Google said.
Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS. Here’s how you can do it.5:09pm IST
Tamil Nadu sends relief materials worth Rs 2 crore
More than 20 lorries carrying relief materials worth Rs two crore from all districts in the state flagged off to Kerala.
Items like rice, Dal, edible oil, sugar, salt, bread and biscuits and cooking materials, clothings, medicines collected from NGOs and other social organisations were sent to the Waynad, Malappuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Calicut and Ernakulam, Local Administration Minister, S P Velumani noted.
Medical camps are functioning at places bordering Tamil Nadu and Kerala for the benefit of those arriving there, he added.5:06pm IST
Kochi Metro used to transport supplies to shelters across city
The metro railway has been turned into a major rescue and rehabilitation network with volunteers utilising it to convey relief supplies to shelters and camps across Kochi. #kochimetro#keralafloods#keralafloodrelief#soskerala#standwithkerala pic.twitter.com/I8QvTI8iZL— Kochi Metro Rail (@MetroRailKochi) August 18, 2018
MP CM Chouhan releases Rs 10 crore assistance for Kerala
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has released Rs 10 crore as assistance for Kerala, reports ANI.4:56pm IST
Relief camps need bio toilets: Alappuzha district collector
In a Facebook post, Alappuzha district collector S Suhas writes, “Several relief camps need bio toilets. Those who can, please buy and send it across as soon as possible.”4:50pm IST
Hanan, who was trolled for selling fish, donates Rs 1.5 lakh
Hanan, a 21-year-old college student from Kochi, who was trolled for selling fish to meet her educational needs, has contributed Rs 1.5 lakh towards the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.
She said the money was donated by various people after her struggle to fund her studies and take care of her family was widely shared on the social media. “I had got the amount from people and I am happy to give back the amount to the needy,” she said. Read more4:47pm IST
All Congress MPs, MLAs, MLCs to donate one month salary for flood relief
All our MPs, MLAs and MLC to donate their one month salary for flood relief in Kerala. A special relief committee will be made to send essential items to Kerala: Randeep Surjewala, Congress. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/qQNFepQMV9— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018
Maharashtra minister Ravindra Chavan donates one month salary
Maharashtra minister Ravindra Chavan from BJP and all BJP corporaters of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation donate their one month salary for Kerala flood relief.4:36pm IST
UP CM Adityanath announces Rs 15 crore aid
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath announces Rs 15 crore from his Chief Minister Relief Fund for Kerala.4:28pm IST
One lakh packets of food products to sent from Ludhiana
One lakh packets of food products consisting of water bottles, skimmed milk, biscuits and sugar being sent from Punjab’s Ludhiana to Kerala, reports ANI.
Punjab: 1 lakh packets of food products consisting water bottles, skimmed milk, biscuits & sugar being sent to Halwara airport in Ludhiana. CM Capt Amarinder Singh had announced Rs 10 crores worth of immediate relief for #KeralaFloods,Rs 5 cr in form of ready-to-eat food material pic.twitter.com/XfrVyn31vX— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018
Widespread rains likely to continue over Kerala: IMD
The India Meteorological Department forecast on Saturday afternoon that widespread rains, with heavy rains at isolated places, is likely to continue over Kerala following low pressure area very likely to develop over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood during the next 24 hours.4:13pm IST
Not been asked for help yet, monitoring situation closely: UN
UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the flooding and extensive damage and displacement caused in Kerala.
When asked if the UN has been asked for help , he said the world body has not received any direct request from the Indian Government for aid.
“As you know, India has quite a well-operated machinery to deal with natural disasters but of course our country team I was in touch with our Resident Coordinator today they’re following closely and they’re in touch with partners on the ground,” he said4:05pm IST
Red alert in 11 districts, heavy rainfall forecast in 9: CM
Red Alert issued for today in 11 districts. Heavy rainfall predicted for the day in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam & Kasaragod. pic.twitter.com/A7Q0V81itX— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 18, 2018
NDRF teams rescued 194 persons, evacuated 10,467
NDRF teams have rescued 194 persons&12 livestock&evacuated 10,467 persons &provided pre-hospital treatment to 159 persons.15 teams operational in Thrissur,13 in Pathanamthitta,11 in Alappuzha,5 in Ernakulam, 4 in Idukki,3 in Malappuram & 2 each in Wayanad&Kozhikode. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/znmOqwLeg3— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018
Chhattisgarh CM calls Kerala counterpart, offers help
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh spoke to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan over the telephone today and offered all possible help to the state from the Chhattisgarh government.3:44pm IST
Network hit across Kerala, power down in many areas
Network continues to be down with no electricity across Kerala where incessant rainfall has hit people hard. Around 23 deaths were reported in the state today alone. Bodies were seen floating in flood water in many areas where hundreds remain stranded.3:36pm IST
Gujarat CM announces Rs 10 crore aid
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also announced an amount of Rupees 10 crore from the Chief Minister Relief Fund for flood-hit Kerala, joining a list of other states which have extended a helping hand to the state.3:33pm IST
Crucial material, equipment provided for relief operations: Sitharaman
Update #KeralaFloodRelief efforts:— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) August 18, 2018
Material and equipment crucial for rescue and relief operations in #KeralaFloods provided and additional personnel deployed today morning.
Indian Armed Forces continue to work tirelessly in the relief operation. #IndiaForKerala@nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/cDTe1ij1hD
Maharashtra CM announces Rs 20 crore aid to Kerala
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced an amount of Rupees 20 crore as immediate assistance from the Maharashtra Government for flood-hit Kerala. Other states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Odisha and Tamil Nadu have extended help to the state where the situation continues to worsen.3:22pm IST
Jharkhand CM announces Rs 5 crore aid for Kerala
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala.3:19pm IST
Full control to Army, says Opposition; Kerala govt opposes
The Opposition and Kerala government are at spar over grant of control to the Army. While the Opposition wants full control to the Army, the state is not in agreement with the demand. A lack of coordination has hampered food distribution in the state resulting in starving citizens.3:11pm IST
Situation continues to be grave, says CM
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that the situation in Kerala continues to be grave as reports of rising death toll surfaced. Vijayan requested the Centre for more helicopters and boats for rescue operations after PM Modi announced Rupees 500 crore relief for the flood-hit state.3:06pm IST
23 deaths in Kerala today
23 deaths have taken place in Kerala today, out of which 15 bodies were found floating, taking the death toll in the past few days to over 220.3:00pm IST
Indigo to operate additional flights to and from Kerala
IndiGo will be operating additional flights to and from Kozhikode, Coimbatore and Trivandrum from August 19, 2018 to August 25, 2018. IndiGo to provide cancellation and rescheduling waiver to passengers booked to travel from August 16 to August 26. #Keralaflood2018 @htTweets pic.twitter.com/CcjiO3a1Qg— Faizan Haidar (@FaiHaider) August 18, 2018
Over 7000 stranded in Paravur alone, says MLA
Kerala MLA V D Satheeshan on Saturday said that over 7,000 people have been stranded in Paravur, located in Kollam district of Kerala. Prime Minister Modi, who was in Kerala earlier today to take stock of the flood situation, said that the Army has deployed 10 Columns and 10 teams of Engineering Task Force or ETFs involving around 790 trained personnel in the state.2:43pm IST
Respect for IAF, Navy; inspiration to us all: Sachin Tendulkar
Respect and deep admiration for the @IAF_MCC, @indiannavy, @adgpi and other rescue forces in Kerala. Your consistent and remarkable display of courage and compassion is an inspiration to us all. God bless! #KeralaFloods #KeralaFloodRescue https://t.co/oRVbSoS3yw— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 18, 2018
‘Words alone are not enough,’ says Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday expressed condolences for the people of flood-hit Kerala adding that words alone were not enough. “Yet I must tell all my brothers and sisters of Kerala that our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones. Strength to those who are fighting the Kerala floods,” she tweeted.2:14pm IST
IMD official says weather likely to become better by Tuesday
The IMD department on Saturday said the weather in Kerala is likely to become better by Tuesday. “Till August 16th, the actual rainfall was 619.5mm. Normally, it should have been 244.1 mm but the intensity of rainfall has decreased now so there won’t be extremely heavy rains anymore. However, it might continue for another two days,” India Meteorological Department official Dr S Devi told ANI.2:07pm IST
AAP MLAs, MPs to donate from a month’s salary
All AAP MLAs, MPs and ministers donating one month salary for Kerala— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 18, 2018
Indian Army aircraft carrying food, amenities reaches Thiruvananthapuram
Odisha CM announces Rs 5 crore aid to Kerala
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala from Chief Minister Relief Fund. He has also announced that 245 fire personnel with boats will be sent to Kerala for rescue operations, new agency ANI reported.1:45pm IST
Nitish Kumar announces Rs 10 crore aid to Kerala
Nitish Kumar on Saturday announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala from the Bihar Chief Minister Relief Fund. Earlier today, medicines worth Rupees 1 crore were transported from Tamil Nadu to the flood-hit state.1:32pm IST
‘Have asked for more helicopters, boats’: Vijayan on PM visit
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today thanked the Prime Minister for granting a relief of Rupees 500 crore to the flood-hit state. “PM conducted aerial survey to get first-hand knowledge about flood. Our helicopter could not go to some places due to inclement weather. He has announced Rs 500 crore and all possible help. We thanked him and demanded more helicopters and boats,” Vijayan told ANI.1:26pm IST
Attempts to rescue stranded on war-footing basis: CM on Chengannur
Update on Chengannur; Attempts to rescue the stranded are on a war-footing basis. 4 helicopters, 5 military boats & 65 fishing boats are part of operations. Four 100-member strong army teams have been deployed. Food is being supplied using helicopters.#KeralaFloods— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 18, 2018
Navy to provide 82 teams for rescue operations
Prime Minister Modi, who is in Kerala to take stock of the flood situation, said that the Army has deployed 10 Columns and 10 teams of Engineering Task Force or ETFs involving around 790 trained personnel in the state. “Navy is providing 82 teams.The Coast Guard has provided 42 teams; 2 helicopters and 2 ships,” the PM tweeted.12:47pm IST
58 NDRF teams deployed in 8 affected districts
Around 58 teams of NDRF have been deployed in 8 affected districts of Kerala, Director General of the National Disaster Rescue Force Sanjay Kumar told ANI. “We have rescued 170 people and 7000 people have been evacuated to safer places. If required more teams will be deployed,” he said.12:44pm IST
PM announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakh to kin of deceased
PM @narendramodi expressed grief and sorrow on the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to property due to floods in Kerala.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 18, 2018
PM announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from PMNRF.
UAE to form committee to help flood-hit areas of Kerala
The United Arab Emirates or UAE will be forming a committee to help flood-hit areas of Kerala. Sheikh Khalifa has instructed the formation of a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the people affected, reports news agency ANI.12:36am IST
Haryana CM announces aid of Rs 10 crore
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala, reports news agency ANI. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought an emergency aid of Rupees 2,000 crore from the Centre saying that the state suffers losses of Rs 25,000 crore. The Prime Minister earlier announced an interim relief of Rs 500 crore for Kerala . He also held a high-level meeting with Vijayan and other ministers to discuss the flood situation.12:35am IST
Appreciate solidarity shown by people across country: PM Modi
I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit. I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
I would also like to appreciate the wide support and solidarity from people across India towards Kerala during this unprecedented situation.
‘Centre providing all help, rescue top priority’: PM
Prime Minister Modi said the nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour of need adding that the Centre is providing all the help needed. “In Kerala, I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state. Joined a review meeting and undertook an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding. The nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour,” he tweeted. The Prime Minister also said the government is trying to ensure that Kerala receives benefits from social security schemes. “The Central Government is ensuring that the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, MGNREGA, various social security schemes, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture reach those affected on a priority basis in Kerala,” the PM said.
NDRF teams, companies of BSF, CISF and RAF are deployed in the state for rescue and relief operations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
The Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard are assisting operations in different parts of Kerala.
Rescuing those who are trapped remains the topmost priority.
Centre is providing all possible assistance to Kerala. This includes financial assistance, providing food grains and medicines. We have asked the NHAI, NTPC, PGCIL to render all possible assistance and cater to basic infrastructure needs in the wake of the floods.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
Odisha sends fire services team to Kerala
The Odisha government has sent a 240-member fire services team to carry out rescue operations in flood-ravaged Kerala. The team along with 75 power boats was airlifted by the Indian Air Force from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. The mission was flagged off by Director General (Fire Services) BK Sharma, reports IANS.12:10pm IST
SBI announces waiver of fees on services in Kerala
The State Bank of India or SBI has donated Rs 2 crore to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund or CMDRF and has also announced waiver of fees and charges on services offered by the bank in Kerala in wake of the flood situation, news agency ANI reported.11:53am IST
Achankovil River overflows, nearby areas flooded
11:34 am IST
Achankovil river near Alappuzha's Kollakadavu village is overflowing following heavy rainfall in the area. Shaukat, a villager says,"The area has been completely flooded. I have lost almost everything I had. The water level is increasing with every passing hour." #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/BTYlQ1kdvJ— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018
Kerala has suffered loss of Rs 19,512: CM tells Prime Minister
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the Prime Minister that Kerala had suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 in the wake of the floods, as per initial estimates.
In a meeting convened to assess the flood situation in the State, CM Pinarayi Vijayan informed Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the State has suffered a loss of ₹19,512 crore as per initial assessment. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/f6SSmzjfj7— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 18, 2018
‘Declare Kerala floods a National Disaster without delay’: Rahul to PM
Dear PM,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 18, 2018
Please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay. The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake.
PM’s aerial survey to cover Kochi, Idukki districts
PM Modi is currently undertaking an aerial survey of the flood-hit Kerala. The survey would primarily cover Kochi and Idukki districts.11:07am IST
PM Modi begins aerial survey
Prime Minister Modi made another attempt to undertake an aerial survey after his earlier attempt was delayed due to heavy rainfall in Kochi. The Prime Minister’s chopper had to be called back minutes after it lifted off.
#WATCH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood affected areas. PM has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs.50,000 to those seriously injured, from PM’s National Relief Funds (PMNRF). #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/T6FYNVLmMu— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018
5 dead in Idukki landslide, nine deaths in Kerala today
Nine deaths were reported in Kerala today with five deaths resulting from a landslide in Idukki. Lack of coordination has affected relief work in the state. Over 4 Lakh people have been placed in relief camps.10:37am IST
Kerala CM seeks emergency aid of Rs 2,000 crore from Centre
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought an emergency aid of Rupees 2,000 crore from the Centre saying that the state suffers losses of Rupees 25,000 crore. The Prime Minister earlier announced an interim relief of Rs 500 crore for Kerala . He also held a high-level meeting with Vijayan and other ministers to discuss the flood situation.10:30am IST
PM Modi announces interim relief of Rs 500 crore
The Prime Minister has announced a relief fund of Rupess 500 crore to the flood-hit state of Kerala. The number of deaths in the state crossed 200 today taking the total number of deaths this monsoon to 344. The Prime Minister arrived in Kochi yesterday to take stock of the situation.10:18am IST
PM to make another attempt for aerial survey
Prime Minister Modi will make another attempt to undertake an aerial survey after his earlier attempt was delayed due to heavy rainfall in Kochi. The Prime Minister earlier help a high-level meeting to review the flood situation in the state.10:12am IST
Landslides, floods continue as death toll rises
Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of over 200 people as of Saturday morning, with over 4 lakh others forced to move to relief camps.
‘Need more help from Centre’: PC Chacko
Congress leader PC Chacko on Saturday said that although relief operations in Kerala were appreciable, more help was needed from the Centre. “Thousands are marooned and facing a very severe and critical situation. More emergency evacuation operation is needed. What is being done is appreciable but we need more help from the Centre and other states. Kerala is in distress,” Chacko told news agency ANI.9:53am IST
Navy deployed in Chengaur
Navy has been deployed in Chengaur in the wake of the worsening flood situation. Several rescue camps have also been affected in the area.9:41am IST
21 wagon water train with 7 lakh litre drinking water to be sent from Pune
A 21 wagon water train with 7 lakh litre drinking water will be sent from Pune to Kerala as a flood relief initiative. The water train is expected to leave Pune junction at 2pm9:38am IST
PM holds meeting in Kochi with Kerala CM Vijayan
PM to chair meeting at Southern Naval Command headquarters in Kochi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose aerial survey in Kerala was delayed minutes after his chopper lifted off, will chair a meeting at the Southern Naval Command headquarters in Kochi shortly.9:30am IST
‘Situation beyond our control,’ say authorities
As the flood situation worsened in Kerala, people demanded authorities to handover everything the Army. Authorities also admitted that the situation was beyond their control.9:09pm IST
PM Modi’s chopper called back after it lifted off for aerial survey
The chopper which was to take PM Modi for the aerial survey in Kochi was called off due to heavy rains after it lifted off . The Prime Minister reached Kerala last night to take stock of the situation. Over 200 people have died in the state in the past couple of days due to incessant rains and over 4 Lakh people have been put in relief camps8:54am IST
PM Modi’s aerial survey delayed due to heavy rains in Kochi
The chopper which was to take PM Modi for the aerial survey in Kochi was called off due to heavy rains after it lifted off .8:41am IST
Heavy rainfall in Kochi
Heavy rainfall hit Kochi Saturday morning making matters worse in the city. PM Modi arrived here earlier today to conduct an aerial survey in the state which has been reeling unde8:39 am IST
‘If help won’t reach, people will die of starvation’
With the flood situation getting worse, Chenganur lawmaker Saji Cherian said people would die of starvation if help did not reach on time. The death toll in Kerala shot up to 200 today taking the overall deaths in the state this monsoon to 344.8:32 am IST
Bodies float in flood water
Bodies were seen floating in flood water in some areas of Kerala on Saturday as the state continued to suffer due to incessant rains. Three bodies were found in Pathnamthitta, while four bodies were spotted floating in Idukki.8:18am IST
PM Modi arrives in Kochi for aerial survey
2.8 Lakh litres of drinking water supplied
Railways is actively contributing to relief during Kerala floods and has supplied 2.8 Lakhs litres of drinking water and 1 lakh bottles of water are on their way. We are committed towards providing all possible help in this hour of need #IndiaForKeralahttps://t.co/EV5pOGTiv2 pic.twitter.com/hazMj6JlbM— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 17, 2018
Death toll in Kerala crosses 200, over 4 lakh in relief camps
Death toll in Kerala has crossed 200 and over 4 lakh people are in relief camps . There have been around 150 deaths in the past two days alone.8:04 am IST
Water level in Periyar rising
Rains have subsided in Idukki and Wayanad but the water level in the Periyar is said to be rising. Waters from the Periyar river and its tributaries kept many towns in Ernakulam and Thrissur submerged. The worst affected include Paravur, Kalady, Chalakudy, Perumbavoor and Muvatupuzha. Waters in Idukki and Wayanad areas and certain areas of Pathanamthitta have however receded.7:56am IST
‘Kerala facing worst flood in 100 years’
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called it “the worst flood in Kerala in over 100 years”. He said that 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps. “Rescue operations are progressing well even in an inclement weather. A total of 82,442 rescues were made today. 3,14,391 people from 70,085 families are safe in 2094 camps across the State,” Vijayan added.7:43am IST
Over 4,300 moved to safer places, relief ops continue
The NDRF has moved more than 4,319 people to safer places and rescued another 44 from flooded areas in Kerala in the past nine days, while its 51 teams, out of the total 53 deployed, are operating on the ground and two more will reach Kerala soon, a spokesman of the force said.
PM Modi leaves from Thiruvananthapuram for aerial survey