Bringing a relief for Kerala after incessant rains, the red alert from all districts of the state was withdrawn on Sunday. Kerala is on its knees from past many days due to flood unprecedented floods causing widespread destruction. As per initial reports, the state has suffered a loss of over Rs 19,000 crore and over 350 people have been killed so far due to flood-related incidents. Donations pour in from all over the country and parts of the world as lakhs have become homeless. The authorities are carrying out rescue operations on a war footing.
The coastal state of India is witnessing incessant rains for two weeks which brought a dreadful situation in front of the state government. Chief Ministers of various states have offered financial aid to Pinarayi Vijayan. A statement issued by CMO Kerala on Sunday clearly depicts the grim situation on the ground. It said this flood is one of the worst floods in our country’s history.
Kerala floods LIVE updates:
7:48 pm| Following the reduction in flood water that has been waterlogged in several areas, the Southern Naval Command (SNC) has scaled down the Operation Madad.On the 11th day of the Operation Madad, the total number of diving teams have been reduced to 51. On August 20, the total number of people rescued were 15,993 after the rescue teams svaed over 350 people by boats.
6:31 pm| Keeping in view, the intensity and magnitude of Kerala floods, the Home Ministry has declared it a calamity of a severe nature for all the practical purposes. According to a report by the State Government of Kerala, at least 247 people have lost their lives and 17,343 houses/huts have been damaged in the state during south-west monsoon 2018.
5:47pm | According to the latest report, NDRF teams evacuated 32 persons in Kottayam. Also, over 450 people were rescued, 17,306 evacuated and 4700 needy persons were provided with medical assistance. NDRF has set 05 medical camps in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur districts and provided medical assistance to 400 persons.
5:45 pm | In a press release issued by PR Cell, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) HQ, over 58 teams are carrying out the rescue operations in 10 districts in flood-hit Kerala. The rescue teams are prevalent in most affected areas including Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur districts. While the heavy winds and water flow is a major blockade in the rescue operations, the NDRF rescuers are not leaving any stone unturned to help the people stuck in different areas.
3:56 pm | In the wake of the rescue operation conducted at a rooftop in Chengamanad near Aluva in Kerala, pilot Commodore Vijay Vama and his men received a unique thank you note. A huge ‘Thanks’ was painted on the roof of the house from where the rescue operation was conducted.
2:00 pm | Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor’s lawyers said he would also seek UN assistance for Kerala flood victims.
1:23 pm | Days after incessant rains, life in Idukki has gradually moved back to normal. ATM services have also begun. Work in progress to re-establish connectivity and restore communications.
11:30 am | Amul released a cartoon on Kerala floods.
11:15 am | At present, over 6.3 lakh people are living in rescue camps.
11:00 am | Passengers are at INS Garuda Kochi Naval Air Station as commercial flights service begins at the station due to flooding of Cochin International Airport.
10:30 am | All MPs and MLAs of Shiv Sena to contribute their one month salary to Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
10:00 am | Union Minister KJ Alphons on Monday said that they have close to a million people in relief camps. District collectors are working as coordinators and providing supplies, adding that central forces are providing amazing service to Kerala. He added that biggest heroes are fishermen, they came in 600 boats and are rescuing people.
9:30 am | Flights have begun at Kochi Naval base- A boost for ongoing rescue operations in the flood-hit state.
9:00 am | A ‘Thanks’ note painted on the roof of a house in Kochi from where the Naval ALH piloted by Cdr Vijay Varma had rescued two women on August 17.
8:30 am | Watch: Video of a temporary bridge being built by Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Palakkad’s Erumachery to block flood water from entering paddy fields.
8:00 am | 55 doctors from JJ Hospital, 26 doctors from Pune’s Sassoon hospital and paramedical staff leave for Thiruvananthapuram in two Air India aircraft.
7:00 am |Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MPs has decided to donate their one month salary to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
6:30 am | Coverage of Kerala floods in international media.
6:00 am | Watch: Video of a woman being airlifted by Indian Air Force from a flooded area of Ernakulam district of flood-hit Kerala.
2:48 am | The authorities which are conducting rescue operations are still on their toes. Army, Navy, Air Forces, NDRF, fire department, police personnel and other concerned authorities are involved in rescue operations. See below visuals of rescue operations being carried out by Odisha fire service personnel in Kottayam on Sunday.
2:10 am | Humanity still exists – clearly depicts these visuals from Kochi where people belonging to the Sikh community are serving langar (food) to flood victims. The food is being prepared inside Sri Guru Singh Sabha in hygienic conditions, said the coordinator. Various non-governmental organisations have come in support of flood victims.
12: 51 am | Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali has announced that he will donate his one month salary for the victims of Kerala floods.