Floods Claim 121 Lives in Kerala, 76 Killed in Karnataka

The monsoon fury has claimed 121 lives in Kerala and around 1.5 lakh people have taken refuge in relief camps across the state, so far.

On Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa met with PM Modi in New Delhi to request the immediate release of funds for flood relief.

  • At least 121 people have died in rain-related incidents in Kerala since 8 August
  • In Karnataka, 76 people have died so far due to floods

Toll in Flood Hit Karnataka Goes up to 76

The toll in rain related incidents in flood hit Karnataka went up to 76 on Sunday, with the recovery of 10 more bodies, while 10 persons are still classified as missing in the state, where relief and rehabilitation work is underway, officials said on Sunday, reports PTI.

The districts of north, coastal and Malnad regions were badly affected in the rains, floods and landslides in the last couple of weeks.

Relief operations were being constantly monitored by the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary, officials said, adding that the Chief Secretary visited flood affected areas in Belagavi district to review relief operations.

As many as 526 relief camps are operational as on Sunday, where clean drinking water, food and other relief materials were being provided to 2,20,906 people, they said.

Ground Penetrating Radars Being Used to Locate Bodies; Toll Now 121

Ground Penetrating Radars were put into use on Sunday to locate bodies at Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad, where massive landslides had wiped out two villages, even as the toll in rain battered Kerala climbed to 121 with the retrieval of more bodies, reports PTI.

A team of experts from Hyderabad started the search operations at the two villages with GPR, which will help detect bodies buried under mounds of earth.

A state wide calamity report issued by the government tonight said 121 people have lost their lives in Kerala in the second spell of the South West monsoon rains since August 8 and that 47,622 people are still in 296 relief camps.

IMD Predicts Heavy Rain at Isolated Places Over Coastal K'taka

Heavy rain likely to occur at isolated places over coastal Karnataka, today. Heavy rain also likely to occur at isolated places in Chamarajanagar, Ramanagara, Chikkaballapur, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Mysuru, Mandya, and Kolar districts over the next 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Normlacy Returning to Rain-Hit Kerala, Toll Reaches 113

As normalcy was slowly returning to rain-battered Kerala, people have started moving to their homes from relief camps, even as the toll climbed to 113 on Saturday, with more bodies being retrived from the landslide hit districts of Malappuram and Wayanad.

As per the 9 AM update, 50 people have so far lost their lives in Malappuram and 12 in Wayanad, the two northern districts, where 28 people are still missing.

Search operations are continuing at Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad, the two areas which were the worst hit in the second spell of South West Monsoon rains since August 8, where massives landslides had wiped out two villages.

Death Toll in Kerala Floods Rises to 111

The death toll in Kerala floods rose to 111 on Friday, with authorities retrieving seven more bodies as floodwaters receded from several parts of the worst-hit state.

The sunny weather helped in search operations as more bodies were retrieved from Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Meppadi in Wayanad, the worst hit in the second spell of rains since 8 August, PTI reported.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reportedly said 31 persons were still missing and over 1.47 lakh are in 891 camps across the state.

According to an IMD bulletin, moderate rainfall with wind speeds reaching 35 to 45 kmph is very likely to occur at one or two places in Malappuram, Idukki, Eranakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts.

BS Yediyurappa Meets PM Modi in Delhi; Requests Fund Release

Addressing mediapersons in Delhi, the CM said that he had a 40-minute meeting with the PM where he had apprised him of the situation in the state.

"He has the full information regarding the flood situation. He had earlier sent Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman to assess the damage and he has agreed to send a study team. Such a situation has not been seen in the state in the last 108 years. Fifteen days of rain has battered the state, along with water coming from Maharashtra. We have informed the PM about this. He will send a team and we have requested for urgent release of funds. The losses exceed Rs 40,000 crore due to broken bridges, homes, roads etc," he said.

Kerala Death Toll Rises to 102, 59 Missing

According to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) 102 have died, 59 went missing, & 35 were injured due to flood-related incidents across the state, between 8th August to 14th August

Red Alert Issued in Three Kerala Districts

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur for Wednesday.

Death Toll Climbs to 58 in Karnataka Floods

With the recovery of four bodies in Hassan district, the toll in the devastating floods and incessant rains in parts of Karnataka has gone up to 58, PTI reported on Wednesday, quoting authorities.

Meanwhile, with inflows into the reservoirs steadily decreasing, the situation in the affected districts in north, coastal, malnad and south interior Karnataka has improved further.

According to an official update, senior officers camping in the districts are overseeing relief operations, which are in full swing.

“Damaged roads are being restored on war-footing for movement of men and materials," it said.

Joint rescue teams comprising personnel from State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army have evacuated nearly 6.98 lakh people as on today, the official note said, according to PTI.

Kerala CM Announces Rs 4 Lakh Compensation for Kin of Flood Victims

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of people killed in the floods, ANI reported.

Death Toll Rises to 95 in Kerala Floods

The death toll in Kerala floods rose to 95 on Wednesday with the maximum number of casualties being reported from Malappuram (35), so far.

UN General Assembly Prez Condoles Loss of Lives Due to Floods in India

President of the 73rd session of UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa has expressed solidarity with India over floods wreaking havoc in southern and western parts of the country.

Espinosa's spokesperson Monica Grayley said she has "sent her condolences to the people and the Government of India after the monsoon floods in the southern and western parts of the country, which led to over 140 deaths, and hundreds of thousands of people being evacuated,” PTI reported.

She reportedly said the president of the UN General Assembly expressed her solidarity to all of those who were affected by the natural disaster.

Deve Gowda Assures Full Cooperation to State Govt for Flood Relief

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has assured Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa of full cooperation from him and that of his party in the state government's efforts towards rebuilding the lives of those affected in flood and rain ravaged parts Karnataka.

In a letter to Yediyurappa, the JD(S) patriarch also wished success to all programmes or relief work undertaken by the state government for the betterment of flood victims.

Referring to the destruction caused by the rains, floodsand landslides in different parts of the state and relief measures undertaken by the administration, Gowda said in addition to rescuing, providing relief and rehabilitation to those affected should be the priority of any government.

Kerala Death Toll Rises to 91

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) announces 91 deaths in the state due to floods. While 59 people are still missing, 34 have been injured due to flood-related incidents across the state, between 8-13 August.

Indian Expats in UAE Open Collection Centres for Flood-Hit Kerala

Indian expats in the UAE have come together to help thousands of families displaced in Kerala due to the massive floods that have claimed 88 lives, according to a media report.

Voice of Humanity, a group of around 50 stage artists from Kerala, has set up collection points to collect relief materials for the affected, the Khaleej Times reported.

"We are mainly collecting clothes, hygiene items for ladies and kids, toiletries, slippers and some food items like oats and biscuits," Shoukky Sulaiman, joint secretary of the group, said, adding three collection centres have been set up in Dubai.

Sulaiman said the group has assessed the needs based on the feedback of their group members in India who are coordinating rescue and relief operations in various camps.

K'tka Govt to Celebrate I-Day in a "Simple" Way

The Karnataka government has decided to celebrate the country's independence day in a "simple" way as most parts of the State had been affected by floods and incessant rains.

With Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa heading a "one-man" Cabinet with no Ministers, senior government officials have been asked to hoist the national flag on August 15 at district and taluk level functions.

In the normal course, Ministers do the honours at district headquarters.

Karnataka Floods: Inflows in the Reservoirs Steadily Decreasing,

After the havoc due to floods in Karnataka in the past few days, situation has improved in the affected districts of the state, where 6.77 lakh people had been evacuated in the past week, according to PTI.

Inflows in the reservoirs are steadily decreasing, an official update issued by the State government said on Tuesday.

The state government said relief operations were in full swing, and senior officers camping in the districts were overseeing them.

'Honour to Be Your MP': Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, 13 August, visited his constituency Wayanad in Kerala amid the flood situation in the state.

"The display of bravery and dignity in the face of immense tragedy is truly humbling. It is such an honour and pleasure to be your MP. ” he tweeted.

Rescue Operations Underway in Karnataka's Hampi: Air Marshal SK Ghotia

The rescue operations in the flood-affected area of Karnataka’s Hampi are underway, Air Marshal SK Ghotia said on Tuesday, adding that base commander of Belagavi Air Force camp has been appointed as the base commander of Belagavi Air Force camp, according to ANI.

'There Has Been a Loss of Over Rs 50,000 Cr in K'taka': CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday, 13 August, met the MLAs in Shivamogga district and reviewed the aftermath of the floods in the area.

"I request Government of India to release Rs 10,000 crore immediately. The situation is very bad. Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also conducted inspection. There has been a loss of over Rs 50,000 cr in the state. I will meet PM Modi regarding this on 16 August,” he said, according to ANI.

Kerala Floods: Death Toll Rises to 88, 40 Still Missing

The death toll due to floods in Kerala rises to 88, while 40 people are still missing, according to ANI.

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa Surveys a Landslide in Shivamogga

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa reviews a landslide in Karnataka’s Shivamogga.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa reviews a landslide in Karnataka’s Shivamogga.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa visited Hegalatti in Thirthahalli Taluk in Shivamogga where a landslide devastated over 40 hectares of land.

Kerala Floods: Death Toll Rises to 85, 53 Still Missing

At least 85 people have died in fourteen districts of Kerala between 8 and 12 August due to floods, while 53 are reported missing, according to ANI.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to Visit Wayanad, Malappuram

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is set to visit flood-affected areas of Wayanad and Malappuram on Tuesday, 13 August, ANI reported.

'Urge Centre to Support Flood-Affected States Aggressively': Rahul Gandhi

Congress MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi while addressing the media said that the central government must support the flood affected states aggressively

“It's a tragedy, not only for Wayanad, but also for Kerala and also some of the other southern states. I think the central government needs to pay attention and aggressively support the people of these states,” he said.

He visited a relief camp in Munderi earlier today.

Rahul Gandhi Addresses Media After Meeting Flood-Affected People in Wayanad

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa visited Belthangady, Dakshina Kannada to take stock of the flood situation there.

“Five bridges and 300 houses damaged or completely destroyed in the floods in the district. These families will receive a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each. As an emergency relief, Rs 10,000 will be distributed to the victims,” he said while addressing the media.

Crocodile Spotted on Roof of a House in Belgaum

A crocodile was spotted on the roof of a house in flood-affected Raybag taluk in Karnataka’s Belgaum.

Karnataka Floods: Death Toll Rises to 42, Around 5.8 Lakh Evacuated

The death toll in Karnataka floods rose to 42 on Monday. At least 12 persons are still missing and around 5.8 lakh people have been evacuated so far.

4 Rescue Workers Washed Away In Karnataka Floods

At least four members of a flood rescue team were washed away, while one member was rescued after a boat capsized due to strong current of water in Koppal district of Karnataka on Monday. A helicopter has been pressed into action and efforts to save them are underway.

'Will Help Rebuild Your Lives', Rahul Tells Flood-Affected People in Wayanad

Wayanad Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has assured all help to the people of his flood-hit constituency rebuild their lives.

"We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people. You don't have to worry about your future as we will help you rebuild your lives," Gandhi reportedly said on Monday while addressing a relief camp at Thiruvampady.

"Today is Eid and though I know that the people are distressed, I take this opportunity to wish all of you 'Eid Mubarak'. We will use the spirit of Eid to help the people who are suffering," he further said.

Army Likely to be De-requisitioned in North K'taka Today: IDF

The Integrated Defence Staff (IDF) said on Monday that rains have stopped in North Karnataka and water levels have started receding.

"The situation is under control and de-requisitioning of Army is likely to commence today. With most areas being accessible by road, helicopters are also likely to be de-requisitioned," the IDF reportedly said.

The IDF further said that in Kerala, "weather is holding but with orange alert in force till tomorrow (Tuesday), close watch will need to be maintained on situation," ANI reported on Monday.

Death Toll Due to Floods Rises to 76 in Kerala, 2.87 Lakh People in Relief Camps

With rains subsiding in many parts of Kerala, search operations are underway in landslide-hit areas of Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad, even as the death toll in the monsoon fury climbed to 76 and 2.87 lakh persons have sought refuge in relief camps.

Fifty eight persons are still missing, of whom 50 are in Malappuram, where the toll is 24, PTI reported on Monday.

An official update at 11 am said 2,87,585 people have taken shelter in 1,654 relief centres in the state.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa Arrives in Mangaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader BS Yediyurappa arrived in Mangaluru on Monday to visit rain and flood-affected areas.

Floods Disrupt Normal Life in Karnataka Hill Station

Flood-affected people take shelter at a safe place in Sampali near Chikmagalur, Karnataka on 11 August 2019.
A damaged road following heavy rains at Nidwale near Chikmagalur on 11 August 2019.   

'PM Modi Has Agreed to Help Kerala': Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said on Monday that he has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his help for flood-hit Kerala.

Gandhi arrived in Kozhikode on way to Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency, which has been badly hit by flood. He will tour the Wayanad district on Monday, before returning to Delhi.

"It's a tragedy and all must help Kerala. I have spoken to the Prime Minister to seek help. He has agreed to help," Gandhi said, soon after attending a review meeting at the Malappuram collectorate.

He also said that he has requested the chief minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan to expedite the rescue and relief operations in Wayanad.

"I visited the flood-affected areas in the state yesterday and the topmost priority of those displaced is reconstruction of their houses," Gandhi told reporters.

"We held a meeting with the regional officials yesterday and I have requested them to ensure that all the medical supplies and rehabilitation material reaches those in need of it," Gandhi further said.

Rahul Gandhi's Appeal For Donating Relief Material

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, left, visits a landslide site in Kavalappara, Malappuram district of Kerala on 11 August 2019.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday appealed to the people to provide relief materials to those hit by the devastating floods in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency.

Gandhi, currently visiting areas ravaged by floods and landslides in his constituency, posted the appeal on his Facebook page.

"My Parliamentary constituency Wayanad has been devastated by floods with thousands left homeless and shifted to relief camps", Gandhi said.

"We are in urgent need of materials, including water bottles, sleeping mats, blankets, undergarments, dhothis, nightgowns, children's apparel, slippers, sanitary napkins, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Dettol, soap powder, bleaching powder and chlorine," he said.

CM Yediyurappa to Visit Flood-Affected Areas in Karnataka Today

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will be touring affected areas of Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru districts on Monday to oversee the rescue and relief works and will also be holding meetings with officials there, PTI reported.

Rescue, Relief Works on in Full Swing in Flood Affected Karnataka

Rescue and relief works are on in full swing in flood ravaged districts of Karnataka, with a let up in the rains and water receding in most of the affected areas, officials told PTI in Bengaluru on Monday, 12 August.

With the situation improving, search is on for those who have gone missing and efforts are being made to reach out to those who need to be evacuated.

However, due to heavy inflow into various reservoirs and release of water from there, caution is being maintained in areas surrounding dams, officials said, adding that work is also on to clear roads that were flooded or blocked due to landslides.

Rescue Operations in Karnataka Continue

Naval Air Station, INS Hansa at Goa continued aerial rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Belagavi district on 11 August. Naval helicopters from INS Hansa carried out three sorties in which 26 stranded people were moved to relief camps on Sunday.

Kerala Death Toll Rises to 72

After pounding Kerala for days, there was some let up in the rain fury on Sunday even as the toll climbed to 72, with 58 people still missing and over 2.51 lakh people in relief camps across the state.

With the recovery of more bodies, including 23 from Malappuram, 17 from Kozhikode and 12 from Wayanad since August 8, the toll has gone up to 72, as per the latest report issued by the government at 7 PM Sunday.

Karnataka Death Toll Rises to 40

The death toll due to floods in Karnataka has now gone up to 40. The government has assessed that 21,431 houses and crops in 4.16 lakh hectares had been damaged in the floods following heavy rains.

Death Toll Climbs to 67 in Kerala Rain Mayhem

After pounding Kerala for days, rains abated on Sunday even as the death toll in themonsoon fury climbed to 67 with over 2.27 lakh people being sheltered in relief camps across the state.

With the recovery of seven more bodies, including four from Kozhikode and one from Wayanad on Sunday, the toll has gone up to 67, official sources said.

Amit Shah Conducts Aerial Survey in Karnataka

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Belagavi district. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddiurappa was also present.

Death Toll Rises in Meppadi and Wayanad

The death toll in Meppadi and Wayanad in Kerala has reached 10 now. At least eight people still missing.

Rahul Gandhi Arrives in Kerala to Review Flood Situation in Wayanad

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Sunday began his Kerala visit to review situation in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency ravaged by floods and landslides.

Accompanied by Congress general secretary K C Venugopal, Gandhi arrived at the Karipur airport near here on Sunday afternoon.

He would later visit some rain-hit places in neighbourig Mallapuram district three assembly segments of which form part of Wayanad constituency, party sources said.

Kochi Airport Resumes Operations

Flight operations from the international airport here resumed on Sunday afternoon, two days after it was shut due to inundation of the runway area following heavy rains, an official said.

The Abu Dhabi-Kochi Indigo flight touched down at around 12.15 pm, marking the resumption of the operations, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) official said.

Check-in commenced at 9 am in both the domestic and international terminals.

Water to Be Released from KRS and Kabini Dam

In view of the heavy rain in Karnataka and Kerala, water will be released from Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) and Kabini dam, a combined discharge of approximately 1.50 lakh cusecs. The water will reach Mettur dam tonight.

Rainfall Continues in Hosanagara in Karnataka

Hosanagara in Karnataka continues to receive heavry rainfall; Chakra Dam and Savehaklu Reservoir filled to the brim, reported ANI.

Rahul Gandhi to Visit Wayanad, Will Review Relief Measures

Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on Sunday morning and said that he will be in Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency, for the next few days in the wake of the floods in the state of Kerala that have claimed the lives of at least 60 people.

Amit Shah to Survey Belagavi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be conducting an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Belagavi district in Karnataka at 2.30 pm on Sunday.

Updated Train Schedule for Kerala

Due to flooding and land slides in Kerala, several bus and train services were suspended in the last two days. Here are the latest changes made to the train schedule:

No Freight Charges on Relief Material

Railways has announced that no freight charges will be levied on relief material sent to the flood-affected regions of Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

“We urge you to help us in this effort and send as much relief material as possible, which we will transport for free,” tweeted Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways.

30 Dead, 14 Missing in Karnataka

The most recent flood assessment report by Karnataka states that 30 people are dead and at least 14 are missing. Over 3,14,155 people have been evacuated and 50,595 animals rescued, and housed in 924 relief camps in several parts of the state. Over 4.15 lakh hectares of agriculture and horticulture crop loss has been recorded.

Landslides have been reported in several places in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamangaluru and Uttara Kannada. Connectivity across 136 major roads (NH, SH, major district roads) has been disrupted.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa posted a flood situation report on Twitter, in which he noted that as of 8 pm on 10 August, rainfall intensity over the upper Krishna Basin in Maharashtra has reduced.

The report also stated that inflows into reservoirs are well coordinated to prevent any inundation of downstream areas and the villages likely to be affected have been evacuated. He has appointed senior officers in drought affected districts to oversee relief operations.

Four Indian Air Force choppers have been deployed in Belagavi, Mysuru and Raichur, and one Navy chopper in Uttara Kannada.

9 bodies have been recovered so far in the incident of landslide that occurred at Kavalappara, Nilambur in Malappuram district on 8 August.

57 Lives Lost in Kerala

As of 7 pm on 10 August, over 57 people were feared dead in the floods in Kerala, according to a tweet by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. 1,65,519 persons from 46,400 families have been evacuated to safety and housed in over 1318 flood relief camps operating across the state.

The maximum deaths were reported from Malappuram district - 19 people - and 14 lives were lost in Kozhikode and 10 in Wayanad.

Rahul Gandhi to Visit Kerala on 11 Aug, May Go To Wayanad a Day Later

As floods ravage Kerala, Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit the following affected areas in the state on Sunday:

* Karipur Airport.

* Nilambur Kotkal Relief Camp

* MEMS Relief Camp at Mambad

* Edavannappara

After his visit to Edavannappara, Rahul is expected to hold a review meeting at the Malappuram Collectorate.

On Monday, 12 August, Rahul will reportedly proceed for the Calicut Guest House. Later during the day, he is expected to visit Kalpetta region in his constituency - Wayanad. He is also expected to visit the disaster area, post which he will hold a review meeting with the Collectorate.

23 Trains Cancelled in Flood-Hit Kerala

As many as 23 trains were cancelled and two services were partially disrupted in Kerala on Saturday due to heavy monsoon rains which gained strength since the last three days.

Most of the services from Palakkad division have been disrupted and a few started their journey from nearby Coimbatore, a senior Railway official told PTI.

"Most of the tracks in central and north Kerala have been damaged by the monsoon rains. At some places, tracks were flooded and at other places mounds of earth have fallen on the tracks. As soon as we clear the debris and the water recedes, we can resume the services," the official reportedly said.

People in Low-Lying Areas of Dakshina Kannada Told to Shift to Safe Areas

Due to the torrential rains in the coastal areas, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil has urged residents in low-lying areas to immediately shift to safe places, as the brimming river Nethravati is flowing at a dangerous level.

Water in the Nethravati and Gurpur Phalguni rivers are overflowing due to incessant rains and have already entered low-lying areas near the banks of the river.

Bantwal taluk is flooded due to incessant rains.

Rescue operations were being done by boats ferrying stranded people from areas which are almost submerged, jeeps were also used to rescue people in distress.

A number of houses at Upppinangady and Bantwal, which are located on the river banks are submerged in water, official sources told PTI.

'Situation Under Control, No Need to Panic': Wayanad District Collector

Wayanad District Collector AR Ajayakumar on Saturday said that the situation was "totally under control" and that there was "no need to panic".

"Apart from a major landslide reported in Puthumala near Meppadi, no other such major incident has been reported," Ajayakumar told ANI.

He further said that "preventive evacuation was done at most of the vulnerable locations in the area, and nearly 30,000 people are now in relief camps."

Schools, Colleges in Karnataka's Dharwad to Reopen on 13 Aug

Schools and colleges of Dharwad district in Karnataka will reopen on 13 August, reports ANI.

Indian Army Personnel Carry Out Rescue Ops in North Karnataka

Rahul Gandhi to Visit Wayanad Tomorrow

Rahul Gandhi will visit his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad in Kerala on Sunday, ANI reported. Houses and streets in Wayanad have been submerged following heavy rainfall in the region.

Yediyurappa to Visit Flood-Affected Areas of Mangaluru Tomorrow

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will be visiting the flood-affected areas of Mangaluru on Sunday, reports ANI.

Southern Railway to Operate Spl Trains to Kerala

The Southern Railway on Saturday announced operation of special trains between Ernakulam-Chennai, Chennai-Kollam and Bengaluru-Kollam, PTI reported.

Train No 02640 Ernakulam-Chennai Egmore is scheduled to leave Ernakulam at 5 pm on Saturday while Train No 02623 Dr MGR Chennai Central-Kollam will depart from Chennai at 8 pm.

Train No 06526 KSR BengaluruKollam passenger special is scheduled to leave from KSR Bengaluru at 8 pm on 10 August.

"Reservations for the above passenger special trains are open," an official release said.

Cochin International Airport to be Operational From 12 Noon, Sunday

Operations at the Cochin International Airport to resume at 12 noon tomorrow, reports news agency ANI.

'Karnataka Floods Death Toll up to 24, Rs 100 cr Released': Yediyurappa

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, addressing a press conference, gave the following updates on the situation in Karnataka:

  • 24 people have lost their lives, 9 are missing. Compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the next of kin of the deceased.
  • 1024 villages in 17 districts are severely affected due to the floods.
  • 2.43 lakh people have been evacuated, out of which 1.61 lakh have been moved to 664 relief camps.
  • Rs 100 crore was released on Friday to tackle floods.
  • Govt employees have pledged a day’s salary to the CM’s Relief Fund.
  • 20 NDRF teams,10 Army teams, 5 Navy teams & 2 SDRF teams engaged in rescue operations.
  • 14,000 houses, 3.75 lakh hectare crop area and 478 km of power lines have been damaged in the floods.

The water is likely to recede in two to three days, he added.

All Konkan Railway Trains in Karnataka Cancelled Due to Landslide

The railway line was displaced due to a landslide.

All Konkan Railway trains in Karnataka have been cancelled due to a landslide near Karwar, reports ANI. More details awaited.

Rescue Teams Reach Landslide Site in Kerala's Malappuram

Rescue teams have reached Kavalappara in Malappuram where more than 30 people are feared missing after a landslide hit the area on August 8. Rescue operations being hampered due to bad weather, according to ANI.

Kerala Floods Death Toll Rises to 42

At least 42 people have died in Kerala so far this monsoon, due to floods, reports news agency ANI. This pushes the count to a total of at least 59 deaths in south India.

UAE Issues Advisory Against Travel to Kerala Due to Floods

The UAE has issued a travel advisory to its citizens who are either in Kerala or intend to visit the state to exercise extreme caution in the light of heavy rains, which have caused damaging floods in many areas and killed 28 people, reports PTI.

According to the UAE's official news agency, Wam, the advisory urges the citizens to follow instructions issued by the Indian authorities in connection with the natural calamity.

"In a second advisory, the Consulate, based in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, has urged the UAE citizens visiting Kerala to register with the diplomatic post so that it can keep track of them and ensure their safety and welfare," Wam said.

North Karnataka's Reservoirs Continue Releasing High Amounts of Water

The Narayanpur dam in north Karnataka has an outflow of 5.40 lakh cusecs and and an inflow of 5.5 lakh cusecs. It’s present level is 488.30 m.

The Almatti Dam’s inflow is 5.15 lakh cusecs with an outflow of 5.00 lakh cusecs.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Visit North Karnataka

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that she is on her way to visit north Karnataka in light of the floods, in a tweet posted early Saturday morning. She will also conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas.

Indian Navy Team Evacuated Over 750 People in Uttara Kannada

Indian Navy team deployed in Mallapur village near Kadra and Kaiga in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka evacuated over 750 people today, bringing the total number of rescued personnel in this area alone to 2219, ANI reported.

Railway Track Suspended Between Karnataka's Sagara Jambagaru & Talaguppa

South Western Railway, Mysuru Division on Friday said, “due to the torrential downfall, water is flowing below the track at several locations between Sagara Jambagaru and Talaguppa, the track is suspended since 9:15 pm. Four trains have been short terminated.”

40 Feared Trapped Under Debris in Kerala

At least 40 people are feared to have been trapped under debris in landslips that shook the flood-affected districts of Wayanad and Malappuram in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday, according to PTI.

28 People Dead in Rain-Related Incidents in Kerala

People in several districts of Kerala, particularly Wayanad and Malappuram, continued to face the wrath of the rains with landslips and floods leaving 28 people dead in rain-related incidents over the past three days and cutting-off several low-lying regions, PTI reported.

A total of 738 relief camps have been opened across the State with over 64,000 people displaced from their houses by the floods and rains being shifted there.

Rains Subside in Goa, Restoration of Flood-Hit Parts Begins

A day after several villages in North Goa were inundated following heavy showers and the release of water from Tillari dam, rains abated in the state on Friday, prompting the government to expedite the restoration work in the flood-hit region.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant reportedly said on Friday that normalcy would be restored in the flood-hit parts in the next two days.

"We have taken all the necessary steps for flood relief with all the departments getting involved in the process. The rains have subsided for now, but it will take at least two days to restore the normalcy," Sawant said, according to PTI.

TN Govts Requests IAF to Be on Standby for Rescue in Nilgiris

With torrential rains battering the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu, leading to floods and landslides, the state government has requested the Indian Air Force to be on standby to carry out rescue operations.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami said that Avalanchi in the district recorded 911 mm rainfall on Thursday, PTI reported.

In a statement on Friday, the chief minister said a total of five people have been killed in various rain-related incidents in the district and announced a relief of Rs 10 lakh each to their families.

Over One Lakh People Evacuated to Safer Places in Karnataka

At least 1,24,291 people have been evacuated till date in Karnataka. Out of these, around 94,662 people are taking shelter in the 467 relief camps that have been set up in districts across Karnataka.

Nine More NDRF Teams Airlifted for Rescue Ops

Nine more teams of NDRF - five teams to Belagavi, two teams to Kodagu and one team each to Uttara Kannada and Shivamogga in Karnataka - have been airlifted for rescue operations.

North Interior Karnataka to Receive Scattered Moderate Rain in Next 5 Days

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), North Interior Karnataka will receive scattered moderate rain, with isolated places likely to receive heavy rainfall, in the next five days.

Karnataka's Belagavi district is most likely to receive scattered rainfall in the next four days.

Malnad region in Karnataka is likely to receive heavy rains in the next two days.

Seven Districts in Kerala on Red Alert for 10 August

The IMD has sounded a red alert for seven districts in Kerala - Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur - for Saturday, 10 August.

Karnataka and Kerala Main Areas of Concern, Says DG NDRF

SN Pradhan, DG NDRF said that the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala are main areas of concern now and maximum deployments of NDRF teams are in these states, reports ANI.

Tamil Nadu Death Toll Rises to 5

The death toll in rain-related incidents in the hilly Nilgiris district rose to five on Friday, even as the tourist destination of Avalanche recorded the highest rainfall of 911 mm on a single day in south India.

A woman and her daughter died when the wall of their house collapsed on them in Indira Nagar in Pykara, some 21 km from here, while a man escaped with minor injuries in the early hours of Friday, official sources told PTI.

Navy Says It's Ready to Extend All Help to Flood-Hit Kerala

Extending all possible assistance to the Kerala government to deal with the flood situation, Indian Navy on Friday said it was ready to open its airport for operation of small commercial flights if the inundated Cochin International Airport remains shut for a longer period, reports PTI.

"In view of prevailing situation, the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy is all geared up and ready to provide any assistance to the civil administration as and when required," a Defence spokesman said.

He said the state government had requested the Navy to allow the Naval air station 'Garuda' for facilitating civil aircraft operations as the international airport suspended all operations till Sunday.

At Least 6 Killed in Wayanad Landslide, 60 Rescued by NDRF

Landslide-hit Wayanad.

A total of 6 bodies have been recovered so far, from Meppadi in Wayanad district, where a landslide occurred yesterday. 60 people have been rescued by NDRF from the area, according to ANI.

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa Conducts Aerial Survey of Flooded Areas

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa conducted an aerial survey of Ghataprabha and Malaprabha river basin on Friday, 9 August.

'22 Dead in Kerala Floods, 315 Relief Camps Set up': CM P Vijayan

“315 relief camps have been set up, 22000 people are there. Most people in these camps are from Wayanad. Death toll, across state, is 22. Intensity of rainfall is likely to subside tomorrow but another spell of extremely heavy rainfall expected from 15 August,” said Kerala CM P Vijayan in a public statement.

Pattambi Bridge in Kerala Flooded, Traffic Stopped

The Pattambi bridge in Kerala.

Traffic movement, through Pattambi bridge in Kerala, stops. The bridge is flooded as Bharathappuzha river is overflowing, reports ANI.

IAF Rescues 25 Civilians in Belagavi, Karnataka

Indian Air Force teams carry out flood relief operations in Belagavi. A total of 25 civilians have been rescued by winching from Roggi, Halolli, Udhagatti & Girdal. Around 475 food packets along with drinking water dropped in affected areas, reports ANI.

60 Rescued by NDRF From Wayanad Landslide

60 people have been rescued by NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) today from Puthumala near Meppadi in Wayanad after a landslide yesterday, reports ANI.

Rahul Gandhi Speaks to PM Seeking Assistance for Flood Ravaged Kerala

Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad Congress MP, spoke to PM Modi over the flood situation in Kerala. He wrote that he was assured assistance.

Cochin International Airport Shuts Operations till Sunday

The Cochin International Airport, where flight operations were suspended till midnight on Friday after floodwaters inundated the apron area (parking), will remain closed till 3 PM on Sunday, an official press release said.

Kerala Rain Fury Claims 4 More Lives, Over 22,000 Moved to Relief Camps

There was no let-up from heavy rains in Kerala as four members of a family were killed at Edavanna in Malappuram district when their house collapsed on Friday, taking the rain-related death toll in the state to 12, while over 22,000 people have been moved to relief camps.

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