The Kochi airport has been shut till August 26. 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.(Reuters File Photo)
The Kochi airport has been shut till August 26. 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.(Reuters File Photo)

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:

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 03:51 PM IST
11:17pm IST

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 Kerala

10:45pm 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

10:22pm IST

Railways to run special trains from Chennai to Kerala

10:11pm IST

Aircraft hangar in Kochi Naval Base houses 250 people

9:53pm IST

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 officials

9:37pm 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.

9:29pm IST

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 added

8:45pm 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 measures

7:57pm IST

Special trains running between Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram

7:53pm 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 Thiruvananthapuram

7:35pm 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

7:14pm IST

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 Chengannur

6:48pm 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

6:22pm IST

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 Palakkad

6:05pm 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

5:40pm IST

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


5:27pm IST

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

5:22pm IST

8 lakh litres of drinking water to reach Kochi on Sunday


5:15pm IST

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

5:01pm IST

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 more

4:47pm IST

All Congress MPs, MLAs, MLCs to donate one month salary for flood relief

4:41pm IST

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.

4:21pm IST

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 said

4:05pm IST

Red alert in 11 districts, heavy rainfall forecast in 9: CM

3:55pm IST

NDRF teams rescued 194 persons, evacuated 10,467

3:46pm IST

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


3:30pm IST

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


2:57pm IST

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


2:26pm IST

‘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


2:00pm IST

Indian Army aircraft carrying food, amenities reaches Thiruvananthapuram


1:57pm IST

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


1:13pm IST

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


12:41pm IST

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


12:29am IST

‘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.


12:20pm IST

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

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.


11:26am IST

‘Declare Kerala floods a National Disaster without delay’: Rahul to PM


11:20am IST

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.


10:49am IST

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.

Kerala Floods: A road in Iritty in Kannur after water recedes ( HT Photo )
10 am IST

‘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 2pm

9:38am IST

PM holds meeting in Kochi with Kerala CM Vijayan


9:34am IST

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 camps

8:54am 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 unde

8:39 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


8:14am IST

2.8 Lakh litres of drinking water supplied


8:08am IST

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.


7:38am IST

PM Modi leaves from Thiruvananthapuram for aerial survey


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