As heavy rains continue to lash various parts of Kerala, worsening the flood situation in the state, the death toll has touched 37, following heavy floods and landslides. Rescue and search operations continued in the state on Saturday, with the red alert being issued in 9 districts of the southern state. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited the flood-affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram on Saturday to monitor the flood situation, along with Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala in the Kerala Assembly. At present, over 50,000 people are living in relief camps.
For the first time in 40 years, all 5 gates of Idduki Dam in Kerala have been opened, which clearly depicts the situation emerged in the state following heavy rains.
Kerala floods LIVE Updates:
5:00 pm | After conducting an aerial survey in the flood-affected areas, along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that situation in Assam is very grim.
3:19 pm | Army’s Engineer Task Force constructs 40 ft improvised foot over bridge using local resources in Wandoor area.
3:08 pm | Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan are conducting aerial surveys in the flood-affected areas of the state.
2:32 pm | Connectivity to Virinjapara in Mankulam area, Idukki district, has been restored by Army. The concrete bridge connecting the village had washed away two days back. Over 800 families residing in the village.
2: 00 pm | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said 33 people have died in the floods and 6 are missing, adding that such a destruction has never before been witnessed in the state. The entire state has come together in these circumstances and we are ready to do whatever is necessary, said Kerala CM.
1:30 pm | Heavy rainfall continues to hamper the rescue operation in the state, teams of Armed Forces, NDRF and other government authorities are involved in the rescue operation, at present, over 50,000 people are living in rescue camps.
1:15 pm | Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Kochi to conduct aerial surveys of the flood-affected areas of the state.
8:30 pm | As per current reports, at least 37 people have lost their lives in the floods of Kerala.
2:30 pm | Watch the famed Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple inundated
1:30 pm | After the unprecedented rains in Kerala, Congress President Rahul Gandi has urged the Centre to release funds to the state. Earlier, CM Pinarayi Vijayan had urged all to contribute generously to relief efforts.
12:30 pm | Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced ex-gratia Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 10 Lakh compensation to those who lost their houses and land.
12:15 pm | Latest visuals of Idduki dam in Kerala whose all five shutters were opened yesterday after 40 years.
11: 30 am | Some visuals from flood-affected areas of the coastal state.
11:00 am | District control room numbers issued by authorities as the rescue operation in the flood-affected Kerala.
10:00 am | Congress president urges party workers in Kerala to help people in flood-affected areas of the state. He tweeted, “Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property & forcing thousands to abandon their homes. I urge each and every Congres worker in Kerala to step up & help those in need. My prayers & thoughts are with the people of Kerala in this difficult time.”
9:00 am | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s visit to the flood-affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram has started.
8: 40 am | Latest visuals of swollen Periyar river.