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Rescue operations being carried out at flood-affected regions, in Kochi on August 18, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Kerala counts its losses: 800,000 displaced, at least 239 dead in floods

Hindustan Times, Thirivananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 11:13 PM IST
With rains relenting in most areas, thousands of rescuers were continuing efforts to reach out to stranded people and get relief supplies to isolated areas by hundreds of boats.
Volunteers reach in a boat to rescue stranded people from a flooded area in Chengannur in Kerala, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018.(AP)
Volunteers reach in a boat to rescue stranded people from a flooded area in Chengannur in Kerala, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018.(AP)

Kerala flood highlights: Situation improving, state govt tells crisis management committee

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 10:36 AM IST

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. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said most people who were stranded would rescued by the end of the day. The biggest challenge now would be to provide adequate compensation to those who had lost virtually everything, he said.The rainfall intensity over Kerala has decreased over the past two days, the meteorology department said, adding that there was no alert of heavy precipitation for the next four days in the state.Here are the highlights

People wade through the flood waters to their marooned houses at Panadala, in district Pathanamthitta of Kerala, India, on Saturday, August 18, 2018.(HT Photo)
People wade through the flood waters to their marooned houses at Panadala, in district Pathanamthitta of Kerala, India, on Saturday, August 18, 2018.(HT Photo)

Kerala floods kill 33 more, Centre grants Rs 500 crore

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 02:13 AM IST
Saturday’s deaths took the toll to at least 226 since flooding began in Kerala on August 18 when rain intensified
Ecologist and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences Madhav Gadgil.(HT File Photo)
Ecologist and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences Madhav Gadgil.(HT File Photo)

Illegal forest land acquisition behind Kerala floods, says ecologist Madhav Gadgil

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent, Pune
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 12:07 AM IST
The ecologist said extensive stone quarrying and mushrooming of high-rises as part of tourism, and illegal forest land acquisition by private parties are the major reasons for the recent floods in the state.
View of a flooded area is pictured in the north part of Kochi on August 18.(AFP Photo)
View of a flooded area is pictured in the north part of Kochi on August 18.(AFP Photo)

Relief in flood-hit Kerala as rain subsides, but nightmare far from over

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 11:12 PM IST
A total of 33 people died in Keral on Saturday as the overall casualty count in the state rose to over 200.
Fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents on a boat due at Panadala, in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents on a boat due at Panadala, in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Kerala floods: 67 choppers, 24 planes, 548 boats mobilised in one of the largest rescue operations in India

Hindustan Times, Kochi and New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 11:27 AM IST
The Kerala flood, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began.
Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala on August 18.(REUTERS)
Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala on August 18.(REUTERS)

Met office says rainfall intensity in Kerala to reduce from August 20

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 11:55 PM IST
An IMD official also said that Kerala received 170 % more rains than its normal from August 1 to August 17.
People wade across a waterlogged street after being rescued from flood-affected regions following heavy monsoon rainfall in Kochi on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
People wade across a waterlogged street after being rescued from flood-affected regions following heavy monsoon rainfall in Kochi on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

‘Send a chopper, or more will die’: Kerala MLA makes desperate appeal for flood-hit Chengannur

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 10:15 PM IST
At least 23 additional deaths were reported through the day in Kerala, taking the death toll in the current spell of rain to over 200.
People wade through the flood waters to their marooned houses at Panadala, in district Pathanamthitta of Kerala on August 18.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
People wade through the flood waters to their marooned houses at Panadala, in district Pathanamthitta of Kerala on August 18.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Railways to provide free transportation of relief material for flood-hit Kerala

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 11:57 PM IST
The Railways has also made arrangements for the emergency movement of drinking water by train to Kerala.
NDRF personnel rescue flood-hit people in Wayanad, Kerala on August 11.(PTI Photo)
NDRF personnel rescue flood-hit people in Wayanad, Kerala on August 11.(PTI Photo)

Biggest-ever operation of NDRF launched in flood-hit Kerala, over 55 teams deployed

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 06:52 PM IST
NDRF teams, till now, have rescued 194 persons and 12 animals while it has evacuated a total of 10,467 persons affected by the Kerala floods.
People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in Kerala, August 17, 2018.(Reuters)
People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in Kerala, August 17, 2018.(Reuters)

‘No food, phones not working, rescue us’: Panic calls from Kerala flood social media

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 01:56 PM IST
Residents all over the state of 33 million have made urgent appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services as power and communication lines are down.
A woman cries as she holds her son after they were evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva in Kerala, on August 18, 2018.(Reuters)
A woman cries as she holds her son after they were evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva in Kerala, on August 18, 2018.(Reuters)

Tragedy of Kerala floods unfolds: Bodies found floating, roads cut off, food and medicines scarce

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 09:16 PM IST
More funds poured in for Kerala, which is battling the worst floods crisis its had in a century, as the Prime Minister conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas and announced a Rs 500 crore aid from the Centre.
Air Force personnel carry out rescue operations at a flood-affected region following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kochi on Thursday, Aug 16, 2018.(PTI)
Air Force personnel carry out rescue operations at a flood-affected region following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kochi on Thursday, Aug 16, 2018.(PTI)

Kerala floods: Apex crisis management body, NCMC, directs mobilisation of additional resources

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 02:54 PM IST
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met in New Delhi on Friday, the second time in two days.
PM Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night. He was received by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P Sathasivam and Union minister KJ Alphons.(ANI/Twitter)
PM Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night. He was received by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P Sathasivam and Union minister KJ Alphons.(ANI/Twitter)

Kerala floods highlights: PM Modi arrives to take stock of situation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 12:04 AM IST

The unprecedented rains and floods in Kerala have claimed over 324 lives in the state since May 29, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday while calling for more donations to his relief fund.The deadly deluge in close to a century has destroying standing crops in thousands of hectares and inflicting huge damage to state infrastructure. The Kochi airport has been shut till August 26. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night to take stock of the situation. Here are the highlights:

Rains have subsided in Idukki and Wayanad but the water level in the Periyar is rising. Waters from the Periyar river and its tributaries kept many towns in Ernakulam and Thrissur submerged.(HT Photo)
Rains have subsided in Idukki and Wayanad but the water level in the Periyar is rising. Waters from the Periyar river and its tributaries kept many towns in Ernakulam and Thrissur submerged.(HT Photo)

Most of Kerala under water; chief minister says it’s deluge after 174 killed in floods

Hindustan Times | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 04:19 PM IST
Continuous rain, landslides and floods have claimed more than 150 lives so far and have brought the public transport system to a virtual halt.
Massive rains have submerged most parts of Kochi.(HT Photo)
Massive rains have submerged most parts of Kochi.(HT Photo)

Kerala floods: Kochi airport shut till August 26

New Delhi/Kochi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 07:51 PM IST
The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) in a notice said operations have been suspended temporarily till 2pm on August 26 “due to very high flood situation and key essential facilities such as runway, taxiway and apron being submerged”.
A man being airlifted by Indian Air Force personnel from a flooded district in Kerala.(ANI video grab)
A man being airlifted by Indian Air Force personnel from a flooded district in Kerala.(ANI video grab)

Kerala floods: Army, Navy, Air Force join rescue efforts as death toll crosses 80

Hindustan Times | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 02:50 PM IST
Seven people were killed in a massive landslide in Palakkad this morning, taking the death toll in Kerala’s worst natural to 87
Kochi's international airport is seen flooded following monsoon rains in Kerala on August 15, 2018.(AFP)
Kochi's international airport is seen flooded following monsoon rains in Kerala on August 15, 2018.(AFP)

Kerala floods: Red alert in 12 of 14 districts, Kochi airport shut till Saturday as rain fury returns

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2018 07:40 PM IST
The death toll in Kerala has risen to 40 as there is no let up in heavy rains and the operations of the Kochi airport have been suspended till Saturday.
High speed winds lashed many coastal areas. In Palakkad and Wayanad, many people who left relief camps returned after weather conditions deteriorated again.(AFP)
High speed winds lashed many coastal areas. In Palakkad and Wayanad, many people who left relief camps returned after weather conditions deteriorated again.(AFP)

Kerala battered by rain again, govt cancels Onam celebrations

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 07:50 PM IST
In Idukki, vehicular traffic was banned in several areas, while heavy rains in catchment areas led to all five shutters of Idukki dam being opened again on Monday evening. Sluice gates of Malampuzha dam in Palakkad, Pambh dam in Pathanamthitta and Edamalyar in Idukki were also opened.
Union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons said Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac is ‘always complaining’ and he never visited the flood-affected areas himself.(PTI/File Photo)
Union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons said Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac is ‘always complaining’ and he never visited the flood-affected areas himself.(PTI/File Photo)

‘Precious 100 crore’: Union and Kerala ministers spar over flood relief amount

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 09:48 PM IST
While the Kerala government pegged its damages at Rs 8,316 crore and sought Rs 1,220 crore from the Centre, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh announced Rs 100 crore for flood relief in the state.
The stranded elephant was first noticed by locals and they immediately informed the forest department officials.(Picture: Sourced by special arrangement)
The stranded elephant was first noticed by locals and they immediately informed the forest department officials.(Picture: Sourced by special arrangement)

Kerala authorities close dam gates to save elephant from swirling flood waters

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 05:57 PM IST
It managed to climb on a rocky terrain but could not move out as gushing waters engulfed it from all sides.
Soldiers clear debris off a road in a flood-affected area at Wayanad.(PTI)
Soldiers clear debris off a road in a flood-affected area at Wayanad.(PTI)

Pet dog wakes up family minutes before house collapses in Kerala landslide

Idukki (Kerala) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 07:46 PM IST
Idukki district is among the places badly hit in the monsoon rains which have triggered landslides and floods in the state since last week.
An aerial view of the floods in Aluva after heavy rains, in Kerala.(PTI Photo)
An aerial view of the floods in Aluva after heavy rains, in Kerala.(PTI Photo)

Red alert for Kerala: What Met office’s colour-coded alerts mean

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 04:42 PM IST
The IMD has issued a red alert for Idukki and Wayanad till August 14 and amber alert till August 15. Red Alert for Kannur is till August 13 and amber alert till August 15.
An aeriel view of the flooded locality of Aluva after heavy rains, in Kerala on Friday, Aug 10, 2018.(PTI)
An aeriel view of the flooded locality of Aluva after heavy rains, in Kerala on Friday, Aug 10, 2018.(PTI)

Kerala gets a breather as rain relents, Idukki dam water level ebbs

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 02:37 PM IST
Idukki district collector Jeevan Babu said water level in Idukki reservoir has come down a bit as rainfall in catchment areas subsided.
Rajnath Singh said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Kerala floods but “it could not happen”.(PTI)
Rajnath Singh said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Kerala floods but “it could not happen”.(PTI)

‘Centre will provide all possible help,’ says Rajnath Singh on Kerala flood

Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 03:19 PM IST
Around 27 people have been reported to have lost their lives due to the Kerala floods over the last 48 hours
Water level in the Idukki dam touched the brim after 25 years as heavy rain continued to pound many parts of Kerala.(ANI File Photo)
Water level in the Idukki dam touched the brim after 25 years as heavy rain continued to pound many parts of Kerala.(ANI File Photo)

Elderly man dies of electrocution as heavy rains lash parts of Kerala

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 02:17 PM IST
Many people have been already been evacuated from the catchment areas near Idukki dam in Kerala.
Water ambulances were pressed into service in flood-hit central districts in Kerala for the first time.(HT Photo)
Water ambulances were pressed into service in flood-hit central districts in Kerala for the first time.(HT Photo)

Marine ambulances turn lifesavers in flood-hit Kerala

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 07:41 PM IST
In an exercise which is the first of its kind in the country, five such ambulances were pressed into service in flood-hit Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts to help those in need of medical treatment.
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