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A vendor selling “Thrikkakara Appan”, the most important of Onam celebration at Kochi in Kerala on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Onam will give Kerala strength to overcome adversities: PM Modi

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2018 01:29 PM IST
The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with Kerala and prays for the happiness as well as prosperity of its citizens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
With the association of Mumbai dabbawalas, the teenager managed to collect and despatch the relief material.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
With the association of Mumbai dabbawalas, the teenager managed to collect and despatch the relief material.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

13-year-old sends relief material to Kerala with Mumbai dabbawalas’ help

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ankita Bhatkhande, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 10:53 AM IST
Tilak Mehta, who runs a venture called ‘Papers and Parcels’ has so far shipped 1,000 kg of rice and 500 first-aid kits to the flood-hit region with help from Mumbai’s dabbawallas and through word of mouth.
A vendor selling ‘Thrikkakara Appan’, the most important of Onam celebration at Kochi in Kerala on Friday.(PTI Photo)
A vendor selling ‘Thrikkakara Appan’, the most important of Onam celebration at Kochi in Kerala on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Devastating floods take sheen out of Kerala’s Onam celebrations this year

Kochi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 01:25 PM IST
Kerala has been savaged by the worst rains in a century leading to several people being killed, houses destroyed and over ten lakh lodged in relief camps.
With some people returning home as flood waters recede but lakhs still in relief camps, the Kerala government is now taking up the task of cleaning up after the worst disaster in the state in a century, and rehabilitating the affected.(PTI File Photo)
With some people returning home as flood waters recede but lakhs still in relief camps, the Kerala government is now taking up the task of cleaning up after the worst disaster in the state in a century, and rehabilitating the affected.(PTI File Photo)

Kerala floods: CM seeks details of losses of those in relief camps, to transfer Rs 10,000 to each

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 09:43 PM IST
At least 7,000 houses were destroyed in the floods and another 50,000 partially damaged, Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan said, adding that a total of 8.69 lakh people were still sheltered in 2,787 relief centres in the state.
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)

Have made no official announcement of funds for Kerala flood relief, says UAE

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 10:42 PM IST
The clarification comes amid a raging controversy over the Centre not accepting foreign aid for the southern state, which witnessed more than 350 deaths over the last two weeks.
Trees and houses partially submerged in floodwaters in this aerial photograph taken in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala, on August 23.(Bloomberg file photo)
Trees and houses partially submerged in floodwaters in this aerial photograph taken in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala, on August 23.(Bloomberg file photo)

Aid of $6,00,000 to be sent to UNICEF for Kerala relief operations: Gates Foundation

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 08:35 PM IST
The emergency grant aims to bolster government efforts and initiatives by non-governmental organisations in the enormous task of assisting displaced, flood-affected people and helping them rebuild their lives.
Sinna Durai from Othera heard the couple, which was holding on to an electric line after getting stuck in the water.(ANI Photo)
Sinna Durai from Othera heard the couple, which was holding on to an electric line after getting stuck in the water.(ANI Photo)

Disabled man saves couple from drowning during Kerala floods

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 07:39 PM IST
Durai and his 90-year-old mother were on a neighbour’s terrace at the time of the incident after their house was destroyed in the floods.
Following a disaster, incidents of sexual and domestic violence shoot up and there is often a spike in the trafficking of children and women.Relief camps leave many women feeling vulnerable.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Following a disaster, incidents of sexual and domestic violence shoot up and there is often a spike in the trafficking of children and women.Relief camps leave many women feeling vulnerable.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Women should lead the way in rebuilding Kerala

UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 07:07 PM IST
Today, we know that while floods, droughts, fires, earthquakes and tsunamis do not discriminate on the grounds of caste, religion or gender, their impact is profoundly discriminatory. Studies have shown that it is women (and the poor and marginalised) who bear their heaviest burden.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a visit to a relief camp at Kozhencherry, in Pathanamthitta, on Thursday.(PTI photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a visit to a relief camp at Kozhencherry, in Pathanamthitta, on Thursday.(PTI photo)

Treat Kerala on different yardstick for flood relief aid, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 05:11 PM IST
In support of his stand that Kerala’s case was unique, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state was densely populated and the entire state had infrastructure facilities such as good roads, communication network and hospitals.
Trees submerged in floodwater in this aerial photograph taken in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala, on Thursday.(Bloomberg)
Trees submerged in floodwater in this aerial photograph taken in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala, on Thursday.(Bloomberg)

Kerala announces ‘special lottery’ to generate aid, proceeds to go to relief fund

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 11:36 PM IST
The cost of a ticket would be Rs 250 with the draw on October 3, with the entire proceeds of the lottery going towards the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami speaks to reporters.(ANI Photo)
Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami speaks to reporters.(ANI Photo)

Tamil Nadu rejects Kerala’s claim that Mullaperiyar water caused floods

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 01:22 PM IST
Flood affected people eat a meal as they crowd a relief camp set up inside a school in Kochi, Kerala, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.(AP)
Flood affected people eat a meal as they crowd a relief camp set up inside a school in Kochi, Kerala, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.(AP)

2 Kerala officials arrested in Wayanad for embezzling relief material

Thiruvananthapuram | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 11:34 AM IST
The two accused government officials were stopped by residents at a relief camp in Panamaram village while they were loading the relief materials into a vehicle.
Last week, the Supreme Court had taken note of the “grave” flood situation in Kerala and ordered the disaster management panel of the Mullaperiyar Dam to urgently decide on lowering the water level by three feet.(Reuters File Photo)
Last week, the Supreme Court had taken note of the “grave” flood situation in Kerala and ordered the disaster management panel of the Mullaperiyar Dam to urgently decide on lowering the water level by three feet.(Reuters File Photo)

In wake of Kerala floods, panel tells Tamil Nadu to lower water level in Mullaperiyar Dam

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 08:57 AM IST
Kerala on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the sudden release of water from the Mullaperiyar Dam by the Tamil Nadu government was one of the reasons for the devastating deluge in the state.
A man cleans up his house after flood water subsided, in Puthenvelikkara near Kochi on Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018.(PTI)
A man cleans up his house after flood water subsided, in Puthenvelikkara near Kochi on Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018.(PTI)

Soiled clothes, muddy water: After floods, Kerala battles slush and debris

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 07:39 PM IST
Incessant rain that began in Kerala on August 8 killed hundreds of people, destroyed thousands of homes, and washed away roads and bridges, leading to an estimated loss of at least Rs 20,000 crore. There has been no rain in the past three days but the flood water is yet to recede from many places.
A man cleans up his house after flood water subsides, in Puthenvelikkara near Kochi.(PTI Photo)
A man cleans up his house after flood water subsides, in Puthenvelikkara near Kochi.(PTI Photo)

Kerala begins cleaning debris after flood, electricians and plumbers chip in

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 02:18 PM IST
Most people in the Kerala are slowly going back to their homes as the flood water has receded. But more than 13.43 lakh people are still lodged in 3,520 relief camps across the flood-hit state.
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.
A snake handler with a cobra he caught in Ernakulam after Kerala floods.(HT Photo)
A snake handler with a cobra he caught in Ernakulam after Kerala floods.(HT Photo)

Snake bite cases go up as water recedes in Kerala

Kochi | By Yamini Nair
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 12:45 AM IST
Kerala floods: After several cases of snakes being found inside houses from where water had receded, Vava Suresh, a well-known snake handler, was brought in.
People assess damage caused by floods on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala on Wednesday.(AP)
People assess damage caused by floods on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala on Wednesday.(AP)

India not accepting overseas aid for Kerala, says Thailand; Congress asks Centre to relax norms

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 08:21 PM IST
Congress leader AK Antony asked the Modi government to rewrite the rules so that financial support can come from abroad for flood-hit Kerala.
Local fisherman help flood victims in the outskirts of Alappuzha district, Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Local fisherman help flood victims in the outskirts of Alappuzha district, Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Congress, BJP accuse Kerala authorities for ‘man-made’ floods; demand probe

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 06:43 PM IST
The Congress said the Kerala floods was a man-made disaster and sought a judicial probe into circumstances that led to it and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed the unplanned opening of sluice gates of the dams.
The North Paravur MLA charged that there was no advisory from the authorities concerned regarding evacuation of people from the banks of Periyar river in view of huge flow of excess water released from Idukki and Idamalayar dams.(AFP)
The North Paravur MLA charged that there was no advisory from the authorities concerned regarding evacuation of people from the banks of Periyar river in view of huge flow of excess water released from Idukki and Idamalayar dams.(AFP)

Congress’ Ramesh Chennithala alleges Kerala dam shutters opened without proper alert, demands probe

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2018 03:46 PM IST
The flooding which claimed several lives in the state was a “man-made disaster”, he said, adding all the dams were opened without any prior warning and it led to a huge crisis.
Residents wade through flooded streets to their marooned houses in the outskirts at Kuttanadu, Alappuzha district, in Kerala on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Residents wade through flooded streets to their marooned houses in the outskirts at Kuttanadu, Alappuzha district, in Kerala on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Paytm collects Rs 30 crore from users for donating to flood-hit Kerala

Bengaluru | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2018 03:38 PM IST
As donations to the relief fund are 100 per cent exempt from tax, people can contribute to the “Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund” through Paytm app or website.
A resident cleans household goods salvaged from sludge in his flood affected house on the outskirts of Kochi on August 21.(AP Photo)
A resident cleans household goods salvaged from sludge in his flood affected house on the outskirts of Kochi on August 21.(AP Photo)

HAM radio operators help trace more than 800 in flood-hit Kerala

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 11:44 PM IST
More than 100 operators are manning amateur radio stations round the clock. HAM is a service in which participants use various types of radio communications equipment to get in touch with other amateurs through airwaves.
A view of submerged houses at Alappuzha district, in Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
A view of submerged houses at Alappuzha district, in Kerala.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Sex workers in Maharashtra donate Rs 21,000 for Kerala flood victims

Ahmednagar | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 05:38 PM IST
A city-based NGO, Snehalaya, said the sex workers will raise another Rs 1 lakh by the month-end for Kerala flood victims.
Volunteers rescue people from a submerged residential area at Alappuzha district on August 20.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Volunteers rescue people from a submerged residential area at Alappuzha district on August 20.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Military scales down Kerala flood rescue operations, state braces for reconstruction

Hindustan Times, Kochi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 04:37 PM IST
People have begun leaving the relief camps over the past couple days, heading to their homes to check on damage and begin the long process of cleaning up.
A view of the Lake Palace and its adjacent areas submerged under flood waters at Alappuzha district in Kerala, on Monday.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
A view of the Lake Palace and its adjacent areas submerged under flood waters at Alappuzha district in Kerala, on Monday.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

UAE pledges $100 million for flood-battered Kerala, says CM Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 04:25 PM IST
A special session of the Kerala assembly has been called from August 30 to discuss the huge destruction caused by the worst flooding in nearly a century and to chart the future course of action.
A view of the Idukki Dam as water level continued to rise in the reservoir in Iduki dam area of Kerala on August 10.(PTI file photo)
A view of the Idukki Dam as water level continued to rise in the reservoir in Iduki dam area of Kerala on August 10.(PTI file photo)

Early release of dam water could have reduced Kerala flood damages, say experts

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 07:52 AM IST
The water levels had been rising in the dams since mid-July, according to data from the Kerala State Electricity Board.
A man salvages the items at his shop after flood water receded at North Paravoor in Kochi on August 20, 2018.(PTI)
A man salvages the items at his shop after flood water receded at North Paravoor in Kochi on August 20, 2018.(PTI)

Kerala floods recovery to take years as 10,000 km of roads washed away, 1 lakh houses damaged

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 11:54 AM IST
The state government has estimated a loss of Rs 20,000 crore, with Idukki, Malappuram, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts being the worst affected in the Kerala floods.
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.
Air India has offered to operate Boeing Dreamliners in case they want to deliver the materials to Thiruvananthapuram.(File photo)
Air India has offered to operate Boeing Dreamliners in case they want to deliver the materials to Thiruvananthapuram.(File photo)

Kerala floods: Airlines, railways step up operations to provide assistance

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 11:15 PM IST
The closure of flood-hit Kochi airport since August 16 has led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
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.
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