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Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents through a boat due to floods at Panadala in Kerala.(HT FILE)

Kerala flood: Some lessons to learn

Hindustan Times | By Smruti Koppikar
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 08:20 PM IST
Keralites have earned new admirers for the manner in which they faced the flood fury.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks to Associated Press in Islamabad.(AP File Photo)
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks to Associated Press in Islamabad.(AP File Photo)

Kerala floods: Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers humanitarian assistance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 09:34 PM IST
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday expressed his grief at the loss of lives in Kerala floods
Minha’s first tryst with life came when she was born 90 days ahead of schedule, weighing a mere 960 grams. For 70 long days, she was in the neo-natal intensive care unit of a hospital.(Facebook Photo/Suresh Raghav)
Minha’s first tryst with life came when she was born 90 days ahead of schedule, weighing a mere 960 grams. For 70 long days, she was in the neo-natal intensive care unit of a hospital.(Facebook Photo/Suresh Raghav)

Boat in troubled waters: With prayer and parents, Kerala baby survives flood

Thiruvalla | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 09:11 PM IST
Minha’s parents are still thanking God for sending most unexpected help when they decided to leave their flooded home in Kerala with their seven-month-old girl amid a menacing sea of water
A view of a submerged petrol pump at Alappuzha district of Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
A view of a submerged petrol pump at Alappuzha district of Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Timing of my trip was wrong, says Kerala minister who was in Germany during floods

Thiruvananthapuram | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 02:06 PM IST
Speaking to a TV channel, Kerala minister K Raju admitted that the timing of his Germany trip was wrong.
An excavator removes muck caused due to recent floods on the banks of Periyar river, on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala.(AP Photo)
An excavator removes muck caused due to recent floods on the banks of Periyar river, on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala.(AP Photo)

Kerala floods: People return to devastated homes, CM to visit relief camps today

Hindustan Times, Kochi and New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 11:24 AM IST
The Kerala government has turned its attention to rehabilitating people with the rescue operations in the affected areas nearing a close.
Kerala has witnessed the worst floods in the last 90 years.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Kerala has witnessed the worst floods in the last 90 years.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Kerala floods result of mass cow slaughtering: Swami Achyutyanand

Hindustan Times, Haridwar | By Sandeep Rawat
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2018 01:06 AM IST
Swami Achyutyanand from the Dandi-Swami sect, who was crowned last year for a brief stint as Shankaracharya of the revered Dwarka-Sharda peeth, said that whenever Indian culture and Sanatan Dharma practices get hurt, such natural disasters are the results humanity has to face.
Student volunteers manage and take stock of packed relief material for flood victims at SMV School, Trivandrum's largest relief material collection centre, in Kerala, on August 22.(AFP Photo)
Student volunteers manage and take stock of packed relief material for flood victims at SMV School, Trivandrum's largest relief material collection centre, in Kerala, on August 22.(AFP Photo)

‘Fix existing rule’: Kerala leaders urge Centre to accept Rs 700 crore UAE aid

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 11:55 PM IST
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he will talk to the Prime Minister on the issue.
People help a woman disembark from an Indian Navy helicopter at a relief camp after being rescued from a flooded area in Kerala on August 17.(REUTERS)
People help a woman disembark from an Indian Navy helicopter at a relief camp after being rescued from a flooded area in Kerala on August 17.(REUTERS)

Navy ends rescue operations in Kerala, Kochi airport to open on August 29

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 08:32 PM IST
The Defence forces were involved in several daring rescue acts such as the air-lifting of a pregnant woman, winching up of a two-year old which won them widespread appreciation.
Flood victims carry relief material as they walk through a damaged area after floods, at Nelliyampathy village in Kerala on August 21.(REUTERS)
Flood victims carry relief material as they walk through a damaged area after floods, at Nelliyampathy village in Kerala on August 21.(REUTERS)

People of all ages, from all walks of life join hands in Kerala relief effort

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Yamini Nair
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 09:53 PM IST
People of the state are showing the world how to forget political, regional and religious differences to join hands in the hour of need.
A man wades through flood waters on the outskirts of Alappuzha district, in Kerala, on Wednesday.(Raj K Raj/HT)
A man wades through flood waters on the outskirts of Alappuzha district, in Kerala, on Wednesday.(Raj K Raj/HT)

68-year-old farmer commits suicide after suffering losses during Kerala floods

Thiruvananthapuram, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 11:38 PM IST
Relatives said he spent hours in the house to remove accumulated slush and mud but was found hanging a day later.
A man cleans the muddy floor of a building in Kochi on August 20.(AFP Photo)
A man cleans the muddy floor of a building in Kochi on August 20.(AFP Photo)

Kerala houses resemble ‘battlefield’ as flood leaves behind slush, debris

Kochi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 05:55 PM IST
Congress MLA, Hibi Eden, said, “The houses hit by floods look like battlefields. It will take some time for the people to rebuild their lives.”
Fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents at Panadala, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, August 18(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents at Panadala, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, August 18(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Let the Kerala floods not be another tsunami story

Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 05:38 PM IST
Indian states have a weak memory of disasters, not by design, but by choice. In an era of climate variability, this could be akin to committing ecological harakiri.
An aerial view shows partially submerged road at a flooded area in Kerala, August 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
An aerial view shows partially submerged road at a flooded area in Kerala, August 19, 2018.(REUTERS)

NASA releases video tracking monsoon rains behind Kerala floods

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 06:52 PM IST
NASA has released a video created using satellite data that provides an estimate of the intense rainfall over India in the past week and shows the spread of the resulting severe flooding in Kerala and parts of Karnataka
India's Sajan Prakash competes in a heat of the men’s 100m butterfly swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 22, 2018.(AFP)
India's Sajan Prakash competes in a heat of the men’s 100m butterfly swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 22, 2018.(AFP)

Asian Games: Relief for swimmer Sajan Prakash as family found in Kerala floods

Agence France-Presse, Jakarta | By AFP
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 02:25 PM IST
Prakash’s prayers were answered after an uncle called to inform him his family members had survived the devastating floods in Kerala that have killed more than 350 people.
Salman Khan is currently in Malta to shoot for his upcoming film, Bharat.(AFP)
Salman Khan is currently in Malta to shoot for his upcoming film, Bharat.(AFP)

Salman Khan expresses grief over former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death, Kerala crisis

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 10:48 AM IST
On Tuesday, Salman Khan took to Twitter to express his grief at the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He also tweeted about the natural calamity to hit Kerala due to heavy rains.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during a joint press conference at Schloss Meseberg castle in Meseburg, Germany, on August 18.(Bloomberg)
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during a joint press conference at Schloss Meseberg castle in Meseburg, Germany, on August 18.(Bloomberg)

Russian President Vladimir Putin sends condolences over Kerala floods in letter to Prez, PM

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 09:53 PM IST
In a letter dated August 20, addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Putin said, “Russia shares grief with the friendly people of India and hopes for a speedy recovery to all those injured from this natural disaster.”
A student dries out his school books after flooding hit his home in Kochi on August 21.(AFP Photo)
A student dries out his school books after flooding hit his home in Kochi on August 21.(AFP Photo)

Centre releases Rs 600 cr to flood-hit Kerala, waives off customs duty, GST on relief materials

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 08:06 PM IST
The central assistance of Rs 500 crore as announced by PM Modi and Rs 100 crore announced by Rajnath Singh for flood affected Kerala was released to the government of Kerala on Tuesday.
A bicycle is hung from a tree branch to avoid being washed away in flood waters as a man rows with his boat at Kuttanad in Alappuzha, Kerala, on Monday.(AP photo)
A bicycle is hung from a tree branch to avoid being washed away in flood waters as a man rows with his boat at Kuttanad in Alappuzha, Kerala, on Monday.(AP photo)

Kerala man returns to check his flooded house, greeted by a crocodile

Thiruvananthapuram | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 12:02 PM IST
Since the waters began to recede in the past two days, Mustafa, a snake catcher in Malappuram, has caught over 100 snakes from homes.
Kochi's International airport apron is seen flooded following monsoon rains in the Indian state of Kerala on August 15, 2018.(AFP Photo)
Kochi's International airport apron is seen flooded following monsoon rains in the Indian state of Kerala on August 15, 2018.(AFP Photo)

Kochi Airport suffers Rs 220 crore losses in Kerala floods, to reopen on August 26

Kochi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 04:37 PM IST
The CIAL management has launched rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure including 2.5 km long airport walls that collapsed after Periyar river overflowed.
People at a relief camp in Alappuzha district in flood-hit Kerala. Nearly 10 lakh people, one lakh of them children, are staying in relief camp all over the state.(Raj K Raj/HT photo)
People at a relief camp in Alappuzha district in flood-hit Kerala. Nearly 10 lakh people, one lakh of them children, are staying in relief camp all over the state.(Raj K Raj/HT photo)

‘It seems God has forsaken us’: Kerala flood survivors inundated with problems

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 06:21 PM IST
Kerala floods: Sights of death and destruction are all around. Many areas in Pandanad near Chengannur in Alappuzha district are still covered in mud and slush as animal carcasses are strewn around and their stench has filled the air.
A woman cleans the mud from the entrance of her house following floods in Paravur in the southern state of Kerala on August 21, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
A woman cleans the mud from the entrance of her house following floods in Paravur in the southern state of Kerala on August 21, 2018.(Reuters Photo)

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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 09:49 PM IST

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:

Volunteers rescue people from a submerged residential area in Alappuzha district of Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Volunteers rescue people from a submerged residential area in Alappuzha district of Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

As flood water recedes, Kerala comes to grips with scale of tragedy

Kochi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 12:14 AM IST
The death toll in Kerala floods since August 8, when torrential showers forced authorities to open dam gates and sent rivers surging, stood at 223, the chief minister said, with six bodies pulled out of the water on Monday.
Two men row a boat through a flooded paddy field next to an inundated structure in Alappuzha, Kerala.(AP Photo)
Two men row a boat through a flooded paddy field next to an inundated structure in Alappuzha, Kerala.(AP Photo)

Indians in China donate Rs 14 lakh for Kerala flood relief

Beijing and New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2018 08:56 PM IST
In Beijing, the Malayalee Association along with the Indian Community of Beijing raised 50,000 yuan at a get together on Sunday.
An aerial view shows partially submerged road at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala on August 19.(REUTERS)
An aerial view shows partially submerged road at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala on August 19.(REUTERS)

Facebook donates Rs 1.75 crore for Kerala flood victims

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 07:19 PM IST
Facebook will donate the money through the Community Resilience Fund for GOONJ -- a Delhi-based non-profit organisation that is leading the relief and recovery efforts in the impacted localities.
Rumours such as complete power cut across Kerala, the Navy rescue helicopter’s supposed phone number and cancellation of Onam have been doing the rounds, creating panic(AFP)
Rumours such as complete power cut across Kerala, the Navy rescue helicopter’s supposed phone number and cancellation of Onam have been doing the rounds, creating panic(AFP)

Kerala floods: trust only the information coming from official sources

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2018 06:35 PM IST
Rumours impede rescue operations, putting lives at risk. The Army has announced a number where you can alert people about fake news. Other relief agencies would do well to have a similar facility, at least till the rescue operations are not complete.
Muhammed Anas is one of the athletes whose family has been affected by Kerala floods.(REUTERS)
Muhammed Anas is one of the athletes whose family has been affected by Kerala floods.(REUTERS)

Asian Games 2018: Athletes compete even as families remain affected by Kerala floods

Jakarta/New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 05:25 PM IST
India’s chef-de-mission at the ongoing Games, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, said in Jakarta that the athletes will be updated on the safety status of their families after seeking the home ministry’s assistance.
Vice president Venkaiah Naidu attends a review meeting on the Kerala flood situation on August 20.(Twitter/VicePresidentOfIndia)
Vice president Venkaiah Naidu attends a review meeting on the Kerala flood situation on August 20.(Twitter/VicePresidentOfIndia)

Venkaiah Naidu to donate one month’s salary for relief work in Kerala

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 05:14 PM IST
The vice president gets around Rs 4 lakh per month as salary.
Rescue teams and local panchayats in the process of evacuating people from landslip-prone areas to relief camps at Kottayam district in Kerala on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Rescue teams and local panchayats in the process of evacuating people from landslip-prone areas to relief camps at Kottayam district in Kerala on Monday.(PTI Photo)

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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 11:12 PM IST

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that 90% of the rescue is over, and over 10 lakh people have been moved to relief camps. The chief justice of India Dipak Misra said SC judges will also contribute to Kerala flood relief fund.Union minister KJ Alphons on Monday said, that Kerala doesn’t need clothes and food, it needs electricians, plumbers, and carpenters to put life back into the state, reported ANI. Thirteen more deaths were reported on Sunday in the floods triggered by 10 days of torrential rainfall in Kerala, taking the death toll to 239. The overall death toll since May 29 rose to 370.Here are the LIVE updates:

Indian Air Force members conduct rescue and evacuation drive in flood-affected regions of Kerala on August 19.(PTI Photo)
Indian Air Force members conduct rescue and evacuation drive in flood-affected regions of Kerala on August 19.(PTI Photo)

Unsung heroes at the helm of rescue, relief efforts in flood-hit Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 11:29 PM IST
Apart from efforts by armed forces personnel, 600 odd fishermen are also helping with their country and mechanised boats to help rescue those marooned in various parts of Kerala.
The carcass of a cow lies on the side of a road while an eldery woman is carried to safety from flood waters during a rescue operation by Kerala and Tamil Nadu Fire Force personnel in Annamanada village in Thrissur District, Kerala, on August 19, 2018.(AFP)
The carcass of a cow lies on the side of a road while an eldery woman is carried to safety from flood waters during a rescue operation by Kerala and Tamil Nadu Fire Force personnel in Annamanada village in Thrissur District, Kerala, on August 19, 2018.(AFP)

Worst of rains may be over, but Kerala’s recovery has a long way to go

Hindustan Times, Kochi and New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 11:15 AM IST
Since August 8, some 239 people have died in Kerala floods and more than 700,000 people were taken to relief camps.
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