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A scene from the worst-hit area in Ernakulam.(HT file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Heavy rainfall to lash Kerala, IMD issues orange alert for several districts and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 05:35 PM IST
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the clearance for the visits were sought by meeting the Prime Minister directly.(PTI File Photo)
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the clearance for the visits were sought by meeting the Prime Minister directly.(PTI File Photo)

Kerala CM slams Centre for not clearing ministers’ visit abroad to raise funds to rebuild state

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2018 08:04 PM IST
Pinarayi Vijayan claimed the Prime Minister had given oral permission for the visits of state ministers to foreign countries, “but he did not kept his word.”
Volunteers use umbrellas to protect from rain as they cross Pampa river to reach to flood-affected areas to clean houses and public places following floods in Kuttanad in Alappuzha district of Kerala.(Reuters File Photo)
Volunteers use umbrellas to protect from rain as they cross Pampa river to reach to flood-affected areas to clean houses and public places following floods in Kuttanad in Alappuzha district of Kerala.(Reuters File Photo)

After floods, weather department warns of heavy rains in Kerala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 09:04 AM IST
The Kerala chief minister’s office said the State Disaster Management Authority has instructed district authorities to be on alert and directed them to take necessary precautions.
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)

Centre to extend more aid to Kerala once full estimate is done: Arun Jaitley

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 10:21 PM IST
Kerala had asked for a special package and stated that loss and damage could be much more than it’s plan outlay of Rs 37,272.90 crore for 2018-19.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during an interview in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during an interview in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Kerala will bounce back in record time, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Manoj Ramachandran
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2018 07:45 AM IST
On, the task of rehabilitation and reconstruction, the Kerala chief minister said the world is about to witness one of the greatest comeback stories.
Submerged area near Cochin International Airport after monsoon rainfall, in Kochi on Aug 15, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Submerged area near Cochin International Airport after monsoon rainfall, in Kochi on Aug 15, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Kochi airport resumes operations on Wednesday after two weeks closure

Kochi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 04:17 PM IST
Closed for a few hours on August 9 after the torrential rains began on August 8, and then from August 18 after runaways and terminals were inundated, the airport was scheduled to reopen on August 26. Cochin International Airport Limited later extended the date by three days.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi interacts with the flood-affected people at a relief camp in Chengannur, Alapuzha, Kerala on August 28.(PTI Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi interacts with the flood-affected people at a relief camp in Chengannur, Alapuzha, Kerala on August 28.(PTI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi helps heart attack victim fly first

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2018 12:07 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi arrived in Kerala on a two-day visit where he met people at relief camps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An aerial view of flooded areas of Kerala, on Monday.(PTI photo)
An aerial view of flooded areas of Kerala, on Monday.(PTI photo)

Centre declares Kerala floods a ‘calamity of severe nature’

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 08:49 PM IST
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has pegged the value of losses during Kerala floods at roughly Rs 19,200 crore — nearly a fifth of what the state spent the entire year in 2017-18.
Kochi's International airport apron flooded in Kerala on August 15.(AFP file photo)
Kochi's International airport apron flooded in Kerala on August 15.(AFP file photo)

Kerala floods: Suresh Prabhu says DGCA monitoring airfares but no micro-management of airlines

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 07:21 PM IST
The civil aviation minister said airlines have also been persuaded to carry cargo free of cost to Kerala in this crisis situation.
A view of the submerged areas during flood at Pandalam, Pathanamthitta, south Kerala on Friday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
A view of the submerged areas during flood at Pandalam, Pathanamthitta, south Kerala on Friday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Centre has asked industrialists, firms to help Kerala deal with floods, says Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2018 06:04 PM IST
Suresh Prabhu, who holds the portfolios of Commerce and Industry as well as Civil Aviation, said domestic airlines have been persuaded to carry cargo free of cost to the state.
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.
People evacuated by rescue workers in Paravoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala, on August 19, 2018.(AFP)
People evacuated by rescue workers in Paravoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala, on August 19, 2018.(AFP)

Centre declares floods ‘calamity of severe nature’ as Kerala shifts focus to relief

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 07:46 PM IST
As rains that caused the Kerala floods subside, rescue operations are moving into full gear in efforts to reach those marooned and trapped by the torrential downpour of the last 12 days.
Volunteers and fisherman rescue residents from inundated Chengannur taluk in Kerala’s flood-hit Alappuzha district on Sunday.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Volunteers and fisherman rescue residents from inundated Chengannur taluk in Kerala’s flood-hit Alappuzha district on Sunday.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

‘Dead are gone...must save the living’: Rescue efforts continue in Kerala

Chengannur (Alappuzha) | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 11:16 AM IST
Tales of suffering, loss and struggle echo across Kerala as flood survivors try to stitch lives back together.
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.
People wade across waterlogged streets as heavy monsoon rains causes floods, at Malappuram in Kerala on Saturday, Aug 18, 2018. Between August 1 and 19, the state received 758.6 mm of rainfall, against the average of 287.6 mm, or 164% more.(PTI)
People wade across waterlogged streets as heavy monsoon rains causes floods, at Malappuram in Kerala on Saturday, Aug 18, 2018. Between August 1 and 19, the state received 758.6 mm of rainfall, against the average of 287.6 mm, or 164% more.(PTI)

Kerala received 164% more rains in August, 42% more during the entire monsoon season: IMD

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 09:13 PM IST
Kerala has received 42% more rainfall than usual since the beginning of the monsoon season in June. So far, there has been 2346.3 mm of rainfall, instead of the average 1649.55 mm.
Rescue operations being carried out at flood-affected regions, in Kochi on Saturday, Aug 18, 2018.(PTI)
Rescue operations being carried out at flood-affected regions, in Kochi on Saturday, Aug 18, 2018.(PTI)

Green chilly sold for Rs 400/kg in Kochi as vegetable prices shoot up due to Kerala floods

Kochi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 06:35 PM IST
After the retail price of green chillies went through the roof, angry locals sought police intervention and the cost came down.
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