As Kerala continues to be on its knees due to unprecedented floods in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveyed the flood-affected areas of Kerala on Saturday and announced an emergency financial aid of Rs 500 crore. According to reports, over 3 lakh people have become homeless and more than 10,000 people have been rescued so far. The authorities are on their toes and Army, Navy and Air Force and NDRF are working round the clock and are carrying out rescue operations on a war footing to save lives.
The death toll due to flood-related incidents has crossed 350. According to claims made by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala had suffered a loss of more Rs 19,000 crore due to unprecedented floods, causing widespread destruction in the state. A red alert has been issued for 11 districts after the weather department predicted heavy rainfall in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod.
Kerala floods LIVE Updates:
3:32 pm | Telangana Home Minister handed over a cheque of Rs 25 crore to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan earlier today.
2:09 pm | Visuals of Air Force conducting rescue operations in flood-hit areas of Kerala.
2:00 pm | As donations pour in for victims of Kerala floods, actor Chiyaan Vikram handed over the cheque of Rs 35 lakh towards contribution to Chief Minister Distress Relief fund of Kerala.
1:42 pm | Speaking on the rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala, National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) DG said 58 of our NDRF teams are deployed across 8 districts of the state. They are carrying out rescue operations on a war footing.
1:37 pm | Union Civil Aviation Minister tweeted, “Scheduled domestic airlines have mounted additional flights to/from Trivandrum, Calicut & Coimbatore airports to minimize passenger inconvenience. Nine foreign carriers have also rescheduled their flights to/from Trivandrum” He added, “A Joint team comprising representatives from DGCA, BCAS, CISF, AAI and Indian Navy carried out an inspection of Cochin Naval Base today to check the feasibility of scheduled operations from there. Steps being taken to start operations with ATR-72 from 20th August.”
1:28 am | In the Thrissur town of Kerala, the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) rescued a pregnant woman from Alappad village in Cherpu police station area.
1:23 pm | Visuals of roads damaged due to landslides being cleared by authorities in Nelliyampathy hill station in Kerala.
1:09 pm | Watch: Wing Commander Prasanth of Garud Special Force of Indian Air Forces rescues a toddler from a rooftop in flood-hit the town of Alappuzha.
12:38 pm | President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take stock of Kerala floods and rescue operations.
11:51 am | A veterinary hospital has been converted to a relief shelter in Idukki district’s Vandiperiyar. At present, over 35 people are living in this relief shelter.
11:00 am | Red alert has been withdrawn from all districts of Kerala for the first time since August 9.
10:45 am | People from Mumbai gather essential commodities to be sent to flood-hit Kerala as help pours in from across the country.
10:40 am | Two shutters of Idduki dam have been closed. At 10:00 am, the water level in the Idukki reservoir was 2402.28 ft; water flow into the Periyar river is 913 cusecs per hour.
10:40 am | As donations pour in for Kerala floods victims, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief urges people to donate for the coastal state.
10:28 am | Good news for passengers! Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has restored all its services to various districts of Kerala.
10:00 am | Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to review Kerala floods and cabinet secretary will meet the crisis management group in this matter.
9:50 am | In a humanitarian gesture, the IAS Officers Association of Andhra Pradesh has decided to contribute one day of its salary to members for Kerala floods.
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7:55 am | Visuals of relief materials being loaded on board Naval Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Chetak helicopter and Naval Sea King helicopter at Naval Air Station INS Garuda in Kochi.
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