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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

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

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:

Pedestrians and motorists wade through flooded streets in Kozhikode, about 385 km north of Trivandrum in Kerala, on August 17, 2018.(AFP)
Pedestrians and motorists wade through flooded streets in Kozhikode, about 385 km north of Trivandrum in Kerala, on August 17, 2018.(AFP)

PM Modi arrives in Kochi for aerial survey of Kerala flood-affected areas, death toll crosses 200

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 08:27 AM IST
The death toll in the Kerala floods rose to 180 on Friday, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the state to assess the disaster. He will undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas on Saturday
People wait to be rescued atop their house in a flooded region of southern Kerala on Friday.(REUTERS Photo)
People wait to be rescued atop their house in a flooded region of southern Kerala on Friday.(REUTERS Photo)

Andhra, Telangana, Punjab, Delhi come forward to assist rain-battered Kerala in its hour of need

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad/New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram/Chandigarh | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:41 PM IST
While Telangana announced the highest financial assistance of Rs 25 crore, Delhi and Punjab promised aid to the tune of Rs 10 crore each. Even cash-strapped Andhra Pradesh offered Rs 5 crore.
People wait for aid on the roof of their house at a flooded area in Kerala, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V(Reuters)
People wait for aid on the roof of their house at a flooded area in Kerala, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V(Reuters)

Death toll in Kerala floods rises to 180, PM Modi to visit state to assess disaster

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:01 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will carry out an aerial survey of the affected areas on Saturday to get a first hand feel of the scale of devastation.
A group of residents cross flooded waters on an inflated tube in Kozhikode district.(AFP)
A group of residents cross flooded waters on an inflated tube in Kozhikode district.(AFP)

This group is rescuing puppies, dogs, cats and other animals from Kerala flood

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 08:37 PM IST
The Humane Society International India which is operating in Kerala’s Nilambur and Tirur regions said it rescued 13 dogs and a kitten.
Heavy rainfall led to massive floods in Kerala leaving thousands homeless and disrupting all transport services including rail, road and air. Nearly 2 lakh people have been shifted to over 1,500 camps so far.(AFP)
Heavy rainfall led to massive floods in Kerala leaving thousands homeless and disrupting all transport services including rail, road and air. Nearly 2 lakh people have been shifted to over 1,500 camps so far.(AFP)

Uttarakhand rafting expert heads to flooded Kerala on rescue mission

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:41 PM IST
With 17 rafts, two kayaks and a hand-picked team of 26 expert rafters, Praveen Rangar left on Friday morning for Kerala.
An elderly woman is evacuated towards safer area in Thrissur, Kerala.(AP Photo)
An elderly woman is evacuated towards safer area in Thrissur, Kerala.(AP Photo)

324 killed so far in Kerala monsoon, CM says flood situation grave

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:46 PM IST
While rain has abated and will lessen in the next 24 hours till Saturday, the relief could be short-lived as the ‘vigorous’ southwest monsoon over Kerala will bring in more heavy spells during the weekend in Kerala.
Volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in a boat in a residential area at Kozhikode, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 16, 2018.(AFP)
Volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in a boat in a residential area at Kozhikode, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 16, 2018.(AFP)

Kerala hikes liquor excise to collect revenue for flood relief

Thiruvananthapuram | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 03:00 AM IST
The Kerala government has estimated a loss of Rs 8,000 crore due to floods in the wake of heavy rains across the state.
People wade across a waterlogged street at a flood-affected region following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kochi.(PTI Photo)
People wade across a waterlogged street at a flood-affected region following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kochi.(PTI Photo)

Kerala floods death toll crosses 100, more rain fury expected

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram/Chennai/Hyderabad | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 11:56 PM IST
The airport in Kochi, the state’s largest, was declared shut till August 26 and Southern Railway and Kochi Metro suspended their operations.
Flood victims are evacuated to safer areas in Kozhikode, in Kerala.(AP)
Flood victims are evacuated to safer areas in Kozhikode, in Kerala.(AP)

Rainfall intensity may drop across Kerala, heavy rains in central India:IMD

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2018 10:12 PM IST
With the low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal and Odisha that triggered a monsoon deluge in Kerala since Monday moving over south Chattisgarh and Vidarbha, very heavy rainfall will move to Marathwada, Vidarbha, and central Maharashtra on Friday.
An elderly woman is rescued in a cooking utensil after her home was flooded in Thrissur, Kerala.(AP Photo)
An elderly woman is rescued in a cooking utensil after her home was flooded in Thrissur, Kerala.(AP Photo)

Rahul Gandhi talks to PM Modi, seeks more Army, Navy personnel, funds in flood-hit Kerala

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 04:31 PM IST
Expressing concern over the flood situation in Kerala, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to make a fervent appeal to people for help by contributing to the chief minister’s relief fund.
An elderly woman is rescued in a cooking utensil after her home was flooded in Thrissur, Kerala on Thursday.(AP photo)
An elderly woman is rescued in a cooking utensil after her home was flooded in Thrissur, Kerala on Thursday.(AP photo)

‘First floor flooded, mobile running out of charge’: Panic appeals from Kerala swamp social media

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 04:30 PM IST
People are using social media platforms to seek help and pass on information about their location. Videos of people pleading for help with folded hands have been posted and shared by hundreds of people on WhatsApp groups.
A rescuer carries an infant as people are evacuated from a flood-hit locality in Kochi on August 15, 2018.(PTI)
A rescuer carries an infant as people are evacuated from a flood-hit locality in Kochi on August 15, 2018.(PTI)

Kerala flood situation grave, says SC while hearing plea on Mullaperiyar dam issue

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 03:32 PM IST
The Supreme Court was hearing a plea seeking a decision on disaster management steps in Kerala, opening of 33 dams, and confusion between Kerala and Tamil Nadu chief over the Mullaperiyar Dam.
In a tweet on Thursday, he said, “Kerala is in great pain. I spoke to PM and requested him to massively increase deployment of the Army & Navy. I also said that it is critical that he gives the state special financial assistance as this is a tragedy without parallel in Kerala’s history.”(AP Photo)
In a tweet on Thursday, he said, “Kerala is in great pain. I spoke to PM and requested him to massively increase deployment of the Army & Navy. I also said that it is critical that he gives the state special financial assistance as this is a tragedy without parallel in Kerala’s history.”(AP Photo)

Rahul Gandhi appeals to people to contribute to Kerala CM’s flood relief fund

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 05:39 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi also said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “massively increase” deployment of Army and Navy personnel for rescue and relief operations.
Houses destroyed by flood waters at Kannappankundu in Kozhikode, Kerala.(AFP file photo)
Houses destroyed by flood waters at Kannappankundu in Kozhikode, Kerala.(AFP file photo)

Kerala’s worst flood in 10 points: 80 dead, 1.5 lakh in relief camps, 35 dams brimming

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 01:48 PM IST
The flood situation in Kerala worsened on Thursday with the number of casualties going up to 80 and rail, road and air services paralysed as the state reeled under the worst natural disaster in its history.
Flood victims are evacuated to safer areas in Kozhikode, Kerala, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.(AP)
Flood victims are evacuated to safer areas in Kozhikode, Kerala, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.(AP)

Kerala rains highlights: Death toll at 114; PM Modi to visit state on Friday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 03:07 AM IST

Rain continued to lash Kerala on Thursday as public transport system collapsed in many parts with the Southern Railways and Kochi Metro suspending their operations due to floods. The total death toll in Kerala floods rose to 88 on Thursday. A red alert was sounded all 14 districts following heavy rainfall and opening of shutters of 35 dams while more people were shifted to relief camps including 23,000 in Ernakulam. All educational institutions across the state were ordered closed on Thursday.Here are the LIVE updates on Kerala rains:

A view of a flooded area in Palakkad on August 15.(HT Photo)
A view of a flooded area in Palakkad on August 15.(HT Photo)

Kerala asks Centre to rush more army, NDRF personnel as rain havoc continues

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2018 03:47 PM IST
According to official reports, 42 people have died in the state so far in rain, landslides and flood. A red alert has been sounded in 12 of the 14 districts.
Fire and Rescue personnel evacuate local residents in an inflatable boat from a flooded area at Muppathadam near Eloor in Kochi's Ernakulam district.(AFP Photo)
Fire and Rescue personnel evacuate local residents in an inflatable boat from a flooded area at Muppathadam near Eloor in Kochi's Ernakulam district.(AFP Photo)

Kerala flood: CM seeks help from all quarters as death toll tops 40

Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2018 03:22 PM IST
Kerala has sounded a red alert in 12 out of 14 districts following the heavy rainfall and flooding after the shutters of more than 30 dams were lifted. Authorities decided to shut the international airport in Cochin on Wednesday for four days for the first time after the area was flooded.
Uprooted tree seen in north Kerala's Kannur district after heavy rains with flash floods hit Kerala, on August 9, 2018.(HT Photo)
Uprooted tree seen in north Kerala's Kannur district after heavy rains with flash floods hit Kerala, on August 9, 2018.(HT Photo)

Fresh rains hit Kerala as people begin moving back to their homes, water level in Idukki dam recedes

Kochi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 02:36 PM IST
Officials said the water level in the Idukki hydro-electric dam receded to 2,397.58 ft, alleviating concerns about floods in fresh downstream areas, particularly in Ernakulam district.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Kerala on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Union home minister Rajnath Singh with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Kerala on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

Centre steps in as Kerala floods take ‘very serious’ turn, toll rises to 40

Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 10:46 PM IST
Army, navy, air force and National Disaster Response Force teams were deployed in many areas of the worst-hit Idukki and Wayanad districts.
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)

How ‘sahyog’ from defence personnel is helping Kerala combat rain fury

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 08:13 PM IST
Personnel of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are tirelessly working 24x7 in evacuating hapless people from isolated places, constructing temporary bridges, repairing and clearing roads in villages of Kerala, braving incessant rains and landslip threats.
Home minister Rajnath Singh conducting an aerial-survey of flood-affected areas in Kerala.(Photo: @HMOIndia/Twitter)
Home minister Rajnath Singh conducting an aerial-survey of flood-affected areas in Kerala.(Photo: @HMOIndia/Twitter)

Rajnath announces Rs 100 crore immediate aid for Kerala ‘very serious’ after floods

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthpuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 09:28 PM IST
The red alert will continue in eight districts of Kerala as the met office predicted heavy rains till August 15.
NDRF personnel rescue the flood-hit people in Wayanad, Kerala on Saturday, August 11, 2018.(PTI)
NDRF personnel rescue the flood-hit people in Wayanad, Kerala on Saturday, August 11, 2018.(PTI)

Kerala death toll from floods touches 37, rain lets up but red alert remains

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 01:32 PM IST
Water levels in the Idukki dam fell but the meteorological department has forecast heavy rains for two more days. Union minister Rajnath Singh will carry out an aerial survey.
Burst of blue: When it bloomed last in 2006. ‘Neela kurinji’ lovers are gloomy, for the floods in Kerala struck at a time when the rare spectacle of the flower’s blooming was about to unfold.(MD Bijulal/HT Photo)
Burst of blue: When it bloomed last in 2006. ‘Neela kurinji’ lovers are gloomy, for the floods in Kerala struck at a time when the rare spectacle of the flower’s blooming was about to unfold.(MD Bijulal/HT Photo)

Kerala floods may nip kurinji blooming in the bud, forest dept denies any animal casualty

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 06:31 PM IST
Heavy rains have doused the spirits of ‘neela kurinji’ lovers and they fear large tracts of the plants could have been destroyed in the surging flood waters in Kerala.
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