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Kerala floods LIVE updates: No outbreak of communicable disease reported so far, says Nadda

The central assistance of Rs 500 crore as announced by PM Modi and Rs 100 crore announced by Rajnath Singh for flood affected Kerala has been released to the government of Kerala on Tuesday. Here are the live updates:

By HT Correspondents | Aug 21, 2018 21:49 IST
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As rains in Kerala recede and with the weeklong rescue operation about to end, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said rebuilding damaged infrastructure and rehabilitation of the displaced people are top priorities.

Kerala is facing its worst natural disaster in around a century. As many as 223 people have been killed while over nine lakh were sheltered in relief camps. There has been a total collapse of power supply and communication networks while essential supplies and medicines were in short supply in many places.

Here are the live updates:

8:50 pm IST

Yechury writes to PM Modi demanding Rs 2,000 cr assistance

CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury demanded hiking of monetary central assistance to Rs 2,000 crore for rehabilitation work in Kerala post devastating floods.

“You have sanctioned Rs 500 crore central assistance, but this is grossly inadequate in the light of the extensive damage that has been caused. I would request you to increase this amount to Rs 2,000 crore,” Yechury said in a letter letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

8:30 pm IST

Reliance Foundation, Bajaj donate for Kerala

Reliance Foundation (RF) Chairperson Nita M. Ambani on Tuesday announced a donation of Rs 21 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, besides relief materials worth around Rs 50 crore.

Automobiles major Bajaj Auto announced a donation of Rs 1 crore to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Rs 1 core by Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha for survival kits and another Rs 50 lakh already contributed by various Bajaj Trusts.

8:15 pm IST

Damaged tracks in Kerala repaired, normal traffic from today: Rlys

The Indian Railways said it has repaired all tracks damaged by the devastating floods in Kerala and restored the traffic to normal from today.

The Railway Ministry said three divisions of the Southern Railway were severely affected by flash floods, landslides and due to boulders falling on tracks.

8:01 pm IST

No outbreak of communicable disease reported so far: Nadda

Union health minister J P Nadda said no outbreak of communicable disease has been reported from the flood-ravaged districts of Kerala so far.

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued health advisories to support the state in meeting with post-flood public health management challenges when the threat of water borne, vector borne and viral hepatitis diseases becomes potent.

7:45 pm IST

IOC moves fuel to Kerala from southern states

Energy major Indian Oil Corp (IOC) is meeting the entire aviation fuel needs of the Indian Air Force (IAF) flights in Kerala, moving the fuel from other southern states, said a senior official

7:40 pm IST

Online platform launched to help victims

An online platform has been launched to help rain-hit victims of Kerala connect with people who are willing to throw open their houses for accommodation.

7:37 pm IST

UIDAI asks enrolment agencies to provide free e-Aadhaar printouts

The UIDAI has directed the Aadhaar enrolment agencies in Kerala, including banks and post offices, to facilitate retrieval of the 12-digit number and provide free printouts to Aadhaar-holders who have lost their document in the flood-hit state.

The e-Aadhaar printouts can be taken by people from the enrolment centres by giving their name and biometric authentication, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI.

7:27 pm IST

Over 24,000 people rescued in Kerala: NDRF

Over 24,000 people have been evacuated till now from the flood affected regions of Kerala till now even as 41 NDRF teams are still undertaking relief and rescue operations in the state, a force spokesperson said today.

7:15 pm IST

Centre releases Rs 600 crore to Kerala

The Centre released Rs 600 crore to flood-hit Kerala and decided to waive customs duty and GST on the relief materials being imported for the affected people in the state.

The announcement came following a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), which met for the sixth consecutive day.

The central assistance of Rs 500 crore as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rs 100 crore announced by Union home minister Rajnath Singh for flood affected Kerala has been released to the government of Kerala today, an official spokesperson said

7:00 pm IST

GSTR filing extended till Oct 5 for Kerala

Finance minister Piyush Goyal announced that the last date of filing the GSTR 3B has been extended to October 5 for Kerala. For other states, the last date is August 24.

6:55 pm IST

UP donates Rs 15-crore for flood relief work

The Uttar Pradesh government handed over a bank draft of Rs 15 crore to a representative of the Kerala government as its contribution for relief work in the flood-ravaged state.

6:45 pm IST

Railways urges staff to donate one day’s salary

The Indian Railways has appealed to its employees to donate one day’s salary each towards the Kerala relief fund.

An official said the move will help collect around Rs 200 crore since the Railways has around 12.5 lakh employees. He said that railway officials in Kerala have already donated Rs 65 lakh for relief work.

6:39 pm IST

Flood relief material from abroad exempted from customs duty, GST: Goyal

Finance minister Piyush Goyal said the relief material coming from foreign countries for distribution in flood-ravaged Kerala have been exempted from the customs duty and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“The government is committed to help Kerala in this time of devastation,” Goyal told the media in New Delhi.

“...we have made all the relief materials coming from foreign countries for the Kerala flood relief exempt from customs duty as well as GST,” he said.

6:15 pm IST

89,540-tonne foodgrains, 100-tonne pulses to be supplied

Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said 89,540 tonne of foodgrains and 100 tonne of pulses will be supplied for free to flood-hit Kerala for distribution among those who are not covered under the food security act.

The Centre allocates 1.18 lakh tonne of foodgrains monthly to the state. About 52 per cent of the state population is already covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) under which highly subsidised grains are distribution via the Public Distribution System (PDS).

6:00 pm IST

PM could have been ‘more generous’ towards Kerala: CPI

The CPI on Tuesday said the Centre’s assistance of Rs 500 crore to flood-battered Kerala was “too little”, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have been “more generous” towards the state.

The prime minister had last week announced a relief of Rs 500 crore to the state, in addition to Rs 100 crore announced by home minister Rajnath Singh.

5:45 pm IST

Mizoram donates Rs 2 crore, J-K Bank staffers to donate Rs 11 cr

Mizoram government would contribute Rs 2 crore to the Kerala chief minister’s Relief Fund in the wake of the recent rain-fed floods in the southern state.

The staff of J&K Bank will contribute Rs 11 crore to help the flood-affected people of Kerala, a spokesperson for the bank said.

While most of the staffers are donating their six days’ salary towards the relief fund in the southern state, the top executives helped enhance the scale of contribution with their salary of up to two months.

5:27 pm IST

Crocodile, snakes take over Kerala’s flooded homes

People returning to their flood-battered homes in Kerala from relief camps were are being greeted by snakes and other reptiles and insects.

At Chalakudy in Thrissur district, a man who returned on Monday night to check the condition of his house was stunned to see a new occupant -- a crocodile.

Mustafa, a snake catcher, is a busy man in Malappuram. Since the waters began to recede in the past two days, he has caught over 100 snakes from homes.

5:25 pm IST

Intensifying monsoon, low pressure areas in BoB proved deadly for Kerala: Experts

A deadly combination of two low pressure areas in the Bay of Bengal, a cyclonic circulation and an intensifying monsoon in the southeast Arabian Sea led to heavy rains in Kerala this month, experts said.

5:15 pm IST

Ayyappa devotees asked not to go to Sabarimala shrine

Ayyappa devotees have been advised by authorities to not visit the hill shrine of Sabarimala for the Onam festival as flood waters in the Pampa river have not receded.

Besides, roads in nearby areas of Pampa have been damaged and several trees en route to the shrine uprooted under the impact of the heavy rains, the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the shrine, said.

The path to the shrine was also filled with mud and this would make trekking to the shrine very dangerous, the TDB said in a release.

4:47 pm IST

Kerala Police take over relief camps

The Kerala Police took over the security of all the relief camps in the flood-battered state, police chief Loknath Behra said.

Over a million people are now housed in more than 3,000 relief camps that have been set up across the state. The maximum number of people are in Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts.

4:43 pm IST

Insurance claims likely to be upwards of Rs 1,000 cr

Insurance companies expect claims in flood ravaged Kerala to cross Rs 1,000 crore as the government declares the deluge as ‘calamity of severe nature’.

Assessment of claims will take place with situation moving to normal, a senior official of an insurance firm said, adding clear picture will emerge in the next 4-5 days when claims are received.

4:42 pm IST

Maruti Suzuki, employees pledge Rs 3.5 cr for Kerala flood relief

Maruti Suzuki India said that the company along with its employees will donate Rs 3.5 crore as part of Kerala flood relief effort.

It has donated Rs 2 crore towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to strengthen relief, rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts of the government, Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement

4:30 pm IST

Union health minister holds meeting

Union fealth minister JP Nadda and MoS health Ashwini Choubey hold meeting over Kerala floods.

4:20 pm IST

All-party meeting on Kerala floods underway

An all-party meeting, being chaired by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, over Kerala floods is underway in Thiruvananthapuram.

3:40 pm IST

NCW asks state commissions to contribute

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has asked state commissions to contribute towards relief funds for flood-hit Kerala, chairperson Rekha Sharma said on Tuesday.

3:35 pm IST

HAM radio services help trace stranded people

HAM radio operators are helping in rescue operations in flood-devastated Kerala by tracing stranded people through their last mobile phone location and sharing information with officials as most communication services remain hit in the state.

3:10 pm IST

Need Rs 2,600 crore special package: Kerala to Centre

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a meeting of the state cabinet, which decided to seek a Rs 2,600 special package from the Centre under the centrally-sponsored schemes including the latter’s flagship rural employment programme MNREGS.

2:57 pm IST

NHAI suspends user fee at three toll plazas

In view of the unprecedented flood situation in Kerala, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has suspended user fee at three toll plazas in the state, the government said on Tuesday.

2:55 pm IST

Putin writes to Kovind, Modi, expresses condolences

2:50 pm IST

Kochi airport suffers loss of over Rs 220 crore

The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 220 crore in the floods, an official said on Tuesday.

2:40 pm IST

Maruti Suzuki to donate Rs 3.5 crore

Maruti Suzuki India said on Tuesday that the company along with its employees will donate Rs 3.5 crore as Kerala flood relief effort.

2:26 pm IST

Kochi airport to open on August 26

With the flood waters receding rapidly, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in Kerala and the busiest, will open on August 26 - after 12 days of closure, CIAL website said. Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters. One side the compound wall of the airport came down after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex, turning it into a virtual sea.

1:55 pm IST

Animal rescuers race to save abandoned pets

With floods ravaging Kerala and Coorg in Karnataka, animal rescuers are being inundated with distress calls from desperate people who were forced to evacuate their homes without their pets.

1:50 pm IST

FMCG firms to donate: Union minister

Over a dozen FMCG firms, including ITC, Coca Cola, Pepsi and Hindustan Unilever, have pledged to supply water bottle, food and necessary items to flood-hit areas of Kerala in the next two days, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Tuesday.

1:30 pm IST

Bajaj Auto announces Rs 2 crore contribution

Bajaj Auto on Tuesday announced contribution of Rs 2 crore in aid of flood-hit Kerala.

While Rs 1 crore is being contributed directly to the chief minister’s relief fund, the balance Rs 1 crore will be deployed by Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha (JBGVS), for distribution of survival kits, the company said in a statement.

1:15 pm IST

Central railway staff to contribute part of salary

The employees of the Central railway have decided to contribute parts of their salary for the relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala, according to details released by the ministry on Tuesday.

While those in the pay grade of Rs 1,800-2,000 will pay Rs 500 to the fund, those between Rs 2,400-2,800 will contribute Rs 700, those in the pay grade 4,200-4,600 will give Rs 1,000 each, those between Rs 4,800-6,600 will pay Rs 1,500, those earning Rs 7,600 pay grade to pay Rs 2,000, and those in the category of Rs 8,700-10,000 to donate Rs 2,500. All those in the grade of Rs 10,000 and more will pay Rs 3,000 each.

12:55 pm IST

People begin returning home

With rains easing and water receding in some areas of flood-ravaged Kerala, people started returning to their homes as Union ministrer K J Alphons on Tuesday appealed for cooked food and skilled workers to rehabilitate more than 10 lakh displaced people, reports PTI.

12:50 pm IST

Special train brings hundreds of stranded to Kolkata

A train carrying hundreds of people stranded in the flood-ravaged Kerala reached here, a South Eastern Railway (SER) spokesman said on Kolkata.

The passengers, mostly labourers from West Bengal, reached Howrah station late last night in the 21-coach special train from Thiruvananthapuram.

12:40 pm IST

Indo-Tibetan Border Police transports patients on improvised floaters

12:35 pm IST

Isn’t just a job, it’s a calling: Indian Coast Guard

12:20 pm IST

MP Police donates Rs 1.31 crore, MPs to donate one day salary

MP Police has donated Rs. 1.31 crore to Kerala chief minister’s distress relief fund. Further, all police personnel of MP will donate one day’s salary for the same purpose, said Madhya Pradesh DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla, reports ANI.

12:05 pm IST

Have to rebuild a new Kerala: CM

As rains subside, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that there is need to rebuild a new Kerala.

As rains subside, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that there is need to rebuild a new Kerala. (ANI/Twitter)

11:50 am IST

Relief material from Coimbatore dispatched

105 battalion of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and G 36 group of Rotary clubs in Coimbatore have dispatched relief material in 10 trucks for flood victims in Kerala’s Ernakulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha, reports ANI.

105 battalion of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and G 36 group of Rotary clubs in Coimbatore have dispatched relief material in 10 trucks for flood victims in Kerala’s Ernakulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha, reports ANI. (ANI/Twitter)

11:45 am IST

Kerala heath minister KK Shailaja visits state control room

Kerala heath minister KK Shailaja is at the state control room to review health arrangements.

Kerala heath minister KK Shailaja at the state control room to review health arrangements. (HT Photo)

11:40 am IST

Convene special assembly session on August 30: Kerala cabinet to governor

Kerala cabinet has decided to recommend to the governor to convene a special assembly session on August 30 to discuss relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Kerala after floods, said CM Pinarayi Vijayan, reports ANI.

11: 35 am IST

UAE has offered Rs 700 crore aid: CM

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has offered financial assistance of Rs 700 crores for Kerala floods relief Kerala, says chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, reports ANI.

10:55 am IST

Of 10,28,073 people in relief camps, 1,76, 495 are children

As on Tuesday there are a total of 10,28,073 people in relief camps and out of these 1,76, 495 are children below 16 years of age.

10:30 am IST

Many areas covered with mud, carcasses strewn around

Many areas are covered with mud and carcasses of animals are strewn around in Pandanad near Chengannur.

10:20 am IST

Over 1 lakh children in relief camps, some need treatment: Psychologists

Out of 10 lakh people in relief camps, over one lakh are children below 15 years of age. Many of them are scared and need to undergo treatment, say psychologists.

10:15 am IST

Drinking water supply restored after 5 days

Drinking water supply has been restored after five days in Kochi and surrounding areas.

10:10 am IST

Special control room to check epidemic

Special control room will be checking epidemic in Kochi. The Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force are helping the help state to stand on its feet.

10:05 am IST

Snakes, snails found in homes

As water recedes, snakes and snails found floating in many homes. Incidents of snake-bites also reported in Paravur.

10: 00 am IST

Restoration work begins in Thrissur

Restoration work started at Chalakudy market in Thrissur after a decrease in the water level in the district, reports ANI.

9:45 am IST

Flood hit areas being disinfected

Large scale disinfection of flood-hit areas is being carried out.

9:40 am IST

Worst over: People cheer in Alapuzha

After many days of hide and seek sun shines again in Alapuzha. People cheer saying worst is over.

9:25 am IST

Rains subside, but no outlet for stagnant water

Though rains have subsided, stagnant water remains as there in no outlet. Since water entered with much force, the slush is adding to problem.

9:20 am IST

Air force airlifts medical team from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram

Indian Air Force’s C-130J on Monday airlifted medical team consisting of 96 doctors led by medical education minister of Maharashtra Girish Mahajan from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram. Medical and relief supplies were lifted along with the medical team for flood-hit areas of Kerela, reports ANI.

9:10 am IST

Those resisting to move, forcibly taken to relief camps

The police were on Monday given the powers to arrest those who were unwilling to leave their submerged houses. Though no arrest was reported, many were forcibly moved to relief camps.

9:05 am IST

Rescue ops begin, committed to save last stranded: CM

Committed to save the last stranded, rescue operations began again on Tuesday morning, said Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

8:50 am IST

As flood water recedes, people battle hunger, disease, poor hygiene

Rainfall abated in flood-ravaged Kerala on Monday as the focus turned to the 5,645 relief camps that house more than a million people battling hunger, disease, poor hygiene and a trail of destruction left in the wake of the state’s worst deluge in almost a century.

8:30 am IST

Tripura to donate Rs 1 crore

A day after the opposition CPI-M urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to contribute funds to the flood-ravaged Kerala, the Tripura government on Monday night said that it will donate Rs 1 crore.

8:25 am IST

SC judges to contribute Rs 25,000 each

The judges of the Supreme Court will contribute Rs 25,000 each to the Kerala flood relief fund, informed chief justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday.

8:20 am IST

All-party meet at 4 pm

Kerala government has called for an all-party meeting over the flood situation in the state at 4 pm on Tuesday in Thiruvananthapuram, reports ANI.

8:17 am IST

Train services partially restored

The train services which had collapsed following the incessant downpour in Kerala, have been partially restored, reports ANI.

The train services in Kayankulam-Kottayam- Ernakulam and Palakkad-Shoranur-Kozhikkode sections have been resumed. Heavy damages caused by the floods in Aluva- Thrissur, Thrissur-Shoranur, Kayamkulam-Kottayam- Ernakulam Shoranur-Tirur, Shoranur- Palakkad routes have been fixed.

8:15 am IST

Additional help needed: CM urges Centre

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that the severe inundation claimed at least 223 lives between August 8-20 in Kerala, while six more people died on Monday.

“The 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.”

8:10 am IST

CM says six more have died, toll rises to 223

Briefing the media in Trivandrum, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, 223 people lost their lives between August 8-20, while six people died on Monday.

8:05 am IST

Centre declares ‘calamity of severe nature’

The Centre declared the devastating floods in Kerala a “calamity of severe nature” as the state braced for the gigantic task of reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure and rehabilitation lakhs of people rendered homeless.

7:40 am IST

Navy scales down ‘Operation Madad’

The Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy on Tuesday started scaling down their rescue operations, termed as, ‘Operation Madad,’ as rains have reduced and floodwaters have begun receding from many areas in Kerala, a defence press release said on Monday .