As donations pour in from across the country and world, the rehabilitation and relief operations for victims of Kerala floods is in full swing. The financial assistance by the UAE government has become bone of contention between the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government and Narendra Modi government. The central government has claimed that it is against policy to take foreign aid for Kerala. Meanwhile, the Kerala government has asked Centre to go by 2016 National Disaster Management Plan to accept financial assistance offered by the UAE government.
In what could be a big relief for the flood-ravaged state, particularly travellers, flight operations from the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which has suffered a loss of over Rs 200 crore, will resume from August 29.
Kerala floods LIVE Updates:
2:15 pm | Ecologist Madhav Gadgil has warned Goa that may face the same fate as the flood-battered Kerala if it does not take precautions on the environmental front
2:00 am | Bollywood actor Esha Gupta urged Bollywood, friends and fans to spread awareness and get actively involved in the Kerala flood relief fund.
1:30 am | The mother of the 45-day old baby was all in tears when Army personnel arrived at their doorstep in a flooded area of Kerala.
1:00 pm | Goa Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the flood-victims of Kerala.
10: 00 am | “Cochin International Airport is expected to resume operations on 29 Aug. We have waived off penalties for change in date/flight, refund, no – show, difference in fare if any for all confirmed tickets to & from Kochi till 29th Aug,” according to a tweet by Jet Airways.
8:00 am | Over 350 people have been killed due to flood-related incidents in Kerala. According to initial reports, the flood-hit state has suffered a loss of over Rs 20,000 crore.
7:00 am | The European Union has decided to donate Rs 1.5 crore to Red Cross for Kerala floods.
6:38 am | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that he will visit the relief camps in several districts today. The primary objective of his visit is to review the functioning of relief camps.
6:00 am | Kerala government has said that Centre can accept the financial assistance offered by the UAE government if it goes by the 2016 National Disaster Management Plan (NDMA).