In a relief to flood-hit Kerala, the Indian Meteorological Department has announced that the intensity of rains would decrease over the next few days, even as the death toll rose to 357 on Saturday. Over one lakh people have been relocated to relief camps across the state.
In unprecedented relief efforts, 67 helicopters, 24 aircraft, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Indian Navy, Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Coast Guard, other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been pressed into service to rescue and evacuate people.
- PM announces Rs 500 crore for assistance in releif measures
IMD withdraws red alert for Sunday
- 24 dams across the state had been opened, leading to flooding of towns and villages
- The Kochi airport will remain shut till 26 August
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Kanwariyas Pray for Kerala Flood Victims
Kanwariyas carried kanwars from Garh Mukteshwar to Amroha to pray for the people affected due to flood in Kerala, ANI reported.
IAF Drops Relief Material in Ernakulam, Thissur
Indian Air Force (IAF) dropped relief materials in various locations of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts.
Kochi's Sikh Community Provides Food to Flood Victims
People belonging to Sikh community in Kochi prepared food and provided it to relief camps.
"For the past three days, we are serving food to more than 1000 people. We're preparing food inside Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in hygienic conditions," the co-ordinator said.
Telangana Dy CM to Donate One-Month Salary to Kerala
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali on Sunday announced that he will donate his one month salary to Kerala for relief.
Assam To Give Rs 3 Crore to Kerala
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said his state would give Rs 3 crore aid to rain-ravaged Kerala, where 210 have died in the last 10 days.
"The Government of Assam would extend financial aid of Rs 3 crore to Kerala government in view of the devastating flood in the southern state," an official release said quoting the chief minister.
Sonowal also directed the state Revenue and Disaster Management Department to open helplines to expedite the process of providing relief and rescuing people of Assam stranded in Kerala, it said.
Qatar Announces $5 Mn Aid to Kerala
In a show of solidarity with Kerala, Qatar has announced a donation of $5 million as relief to the flood hit state, The News Minute reported. The amount is to help those who have lost their homes following the rains and flooding in the state.
Sending his condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, wished the state and its people a speedy recovery, according to reports.
Jharkhand Minister to Contribute Rs 1 Lakh to Kerala Flood Relief Fund
Jharkhand Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affair Minister, Saryu Roy today said he would donate Rs one lakh to the Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund in the wake of the devastating flood in the southern state, reported PTI.
Rai said he would donate the money from his own personal capacity.
Locals Reconstruct Road Washed Away by Heavy Rains
Locals in Palakkad's Alathur village are reconstructing the main road near Venganoor bridge, washed due to rain, by contributing money.
Kerala: Locals in Palakkad's Alathur village are reconstructing the main road near Venganoor bridge, washed due to rain, by contributing money. Locals say 'Authority says it'll take 6-7 months to complete paperwork for construction. Don't know when will permanent road be built.' pic.twitter.com/dbAKwnCE7X— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Aid From Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to Reach Kerala on Monday
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be airlifting 60 tonnes of emergency medicines on Monday, 20 August.
A special train with 14 lakh litres of water and a Navy ship with 8 lakh litres of water will also reach Kerala by Monday, the Government of India announced, according to ANI.
Manipur Donates Rs 2 Crore for Kerala Flood Relief
The Manipur government on Sunday, 19 August, donated Rs 2 crore as flood relief for the victims of Kerala hit by days of incessant rainfall and massive floods, reported PTI.
"People of Manipur stand in solidarity with the people of Kerala, may you find comfort in knowing that the rest of India stand with you. The people of Manipur pray for you and extending a sum of Rs 2 crore to relief funds from the state, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said.
Pope Francis Calls on International Community to Support Victims of Kerala Flood
Pope Francis on Sunday called on the international community to provide "concrete support" to the victims in flood-battered Kerala, according to PTI.
Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the flooding at St Peter's Square, the Vatican News reported.
“The inhabitants of Kerala have been harshly struck by intense rains, which have caused flooding and landslides, with heavy loss of human life, with many people missing and displaced, with extensive damage to crops and homes,” he said.
Health Ministry Extending All Support to Flood Relief Measures in Kerala: Nadda
Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Sunday said his ministry is extending all support to the relief measures in flood-battered Kerala, where 3,757 medical relief camps have been set up, reported PTI.
Odisha CM Extends Full Assistance to Kerala, Announces More Funds
The Odisha CM on Sunday, 19 August, announced additional financial assistance of Rs 5 crore for Kerala from Chief Minister's Relief Fund, in addition to Rs 5 Crore sanctioned earlier. He has also ordered 500 MT of polythene sheets worth about Rs 8 crores to be sent to Kerala.
Odisha has also sent 244 Fire Service Personnel trained in rescue operations with 65 rescue boats and other equipment to Kerala to help in the rescue operations underway.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also directed Odisha Relief Commissioner to extend all help to people from the state stranded in Kerala, reported ANI.
Tamil Nadu Girl Donates Four Years Worth of Savings to Kerala Flood Relief
In an extremely humane show of compassion for those affected by the Kerala floods, a young girl from Vizhuppuram, Tamil Nadu has donated Rs. 9,000 to the Kerala Flood Relief. This was a sum she had saved over four years to buy a bicycle for herself.
Kid, Anupriya from Vizhuppuram, TN, donates Rs. 9,000, her 4 years Piggy Bank savings, that she saved to buy a bicycle, towards #KeralaFloodRelief. @narendramodi @HMOIndia @CMOTamilNadu pic.twitter.com/rvmid4nihz— Ethirajan Srinivasan (@Ethirajans) August 19, 2018
15,000 Evacuated; Ops Intensified in Worst-Hit Areas of Kerala: Ndrf
More than 15,000 people have been evacuated from floods and heavy rains affected areas of Kerala till now and rescue operations have been stepped up in a number of badly-affected locations, the NDRF said on Sunday, 19 August.
The federal disaster contingency force said a total of 58 teams, with about 30-35 personnel in each team, are "working in difficult conditions and terrain to deal with the worst flood in over a century" in the southern state, reported PTI.
By the eleventh day of the disaster, National Disaster Response Force teams have rescued 348 people and 50 animals, he said.
Telangana Minister Hands Over Rs 25 Crore for Kerala Flood Relief
Telangana Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy on Sunday, 19 August, handed over a cheque for Rs 25 crore to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Thiruvananthapuram towards the state government's assistance for flood relief activities.
Reddy also announced donation of his one month salary to the Kerala CM relief fund, an official release in Hyderabad said, reported PTI.
Massive Landslides Take Place at Nelliyampathy Hill Roads
Massive landslides occurred at Nelliyampathy hill roads in Palakkad, Kerala. Road clearing operations are underway.
Narendra Modi Tweets, Prays for Well-Being of Those in Flood Affected Areas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted saying that he has spoken to Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. He also prayed for the safety and well-being of those in the flood affected areas.
Spoke to Karnataka CM Shri @hd_kumaraswamy Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Extended all possible support in the rescue and relief operations. I pray for the safety and well-being of those in the flood affected areas. @CMofKarnataka— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 19, 2018
Rainfall to Decrease in Kerala Over Next Five Days
According to the the Indian Meteorological Department, rainfall is gradually expected to decrease in Kerala over the next five days. There will be no heavy rainfall in the state over the mentioned period, said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, IMD.
Temporary Bride Being Built in Palakkad to Block Flooding Water
A temporary bridge is being built by Rapid Action Force(RAF) in Erumachery to block flooding water. Dy Commandant, RAF Coimbatore,says,"After dam gates were opened,overflowing water damaged roads in area & entered paddy fields. Bridge will stop the overflow.'
Andhra Pradesh IAS Officers Donate 1 Day Salary to Kerala
IAS officers in Andhra Pradesh have pledged to donate their one day's salary to Kerala, reported PTI. The Andhra Pradesh government has also announced a financial assistance of Rs 10 crore to rain-ravaged Kerala.
Community Kitchen Setup at Kochi Naval Base Catering to 7000 People
A community kitchen has been setup at Kochi naval base which is catering to nearly 7000 people affected by the floods, reported ANI.
Karnataka: Another Landslide Occurs in Kodagu
Another landslide occurred on Madikeri Road in Kodagu, Karnataka on Sunday, 19 August. The road was already blocked due to several earlier landslides in last four days. An operation to rescue stranded people is underway, reported ANI.
PM Announces Rs 500 Crore Assistance to Kerala
Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook an aerial survey of monsoon ravaged Kerala and announced an immediate assistance of Rs 500 crore, even as rain and landslides in some parts of the state caused concern.
Modi, who reviewed the flood situation in the state at a high level meeting in Kochi, also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
The Kerala government, however, had sought an immediate assistance of Rs 2,000 crore and informed the Prime Minister that the state had suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore in the murderous monsoon.
Telangana Govt Dispatches 100 Tonnes of Food for Children
The Telangana government on Saturday dispatched 100 tonnes of nutritious food for children in flood-hit Kerala.
The food manufactured by Telangana Foods, a state government enterprise, was airlifted to Kerala on Saturday. According to officials, the food known as 'Balamrutham' is worth Rs 52.5 lakh.
The food was airlifted by two Defence aircraft (C17 Globemaster) from Begumpet Airport.
The food is expected to provide supplementary nutrition to about 50,000 children for 10 days, officials said.
Relief Material Leaves Kochi for Other Parts of Kerala
Relief materials being loaded on board Naval Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Chetak helicopter & Naval Sea King helicopter at Naval Air Station INS Garuda in Kochi.
Intensity of Rainfall to Reduce: IMD
The IMD has said the intensity of rainfall is set to reduce in Kerala over the next two to three days. Meanwhile, the agency also withdrew red alert - barring three districts - Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Eranakulam, which were warned of an orange alert.
Kerala Floods Death Toll Rises to 357
Thirty three more lives were lost on Saturday, 18 August taking the Kerala floods death toll to 357, state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press conference.
“We are in the middle of a disaster, we need unite as one to tackle it,” he added.
Rescue Efforts Continue
In unprecedented relief efforts 67 helicopters, 24 aircraft, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Indian Navy, Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Coast Guard, other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been pressed into service to rescue and evacuate people.
The Cabinet Secretary directed five more helicopters to be mobilised by the IAF, Navy and ONGC which will be pressed into service by tomorrow, the statement said.
Additional motorboats have also been put on standby for deployment.
More than 6,900 life jackets, 3,000 life buoys, 167 inflatable tower lights, 2,100 raincoats, 1,300 gumboots and 153 chain saws have been provided as per the request of the state government.
So far, various central ministries have made available food, water and medicines which include 3,00,000 food packets, 6,00,000 MT of milk, 14,00,000 litres of drinking water, 150 potable water purification kits with capacity of 1,00,000 litre each.
The Railways informed that trains have been running to Thiruvananthapuram via Erode and Madurai.
SMS, Data Free in Kerala
With a view to improve telephone connectivity, the Department of Telecom has enabled intra-circle roaming which will enable subscribers of one service provider to access mobile towers of other service providers.
All the operators have offered free data and SMS facility.
Mobile towers called 'Cellular on Wheels' are also being deployed to ensure that no block remains unconnected.
Kochi Naval Airstrip to be Open For Commercial Aircraft
In the wake of massive floods in Kerala, the Centre on Saturday decided to open Kochi Naval airstrip for use by commercial aircraft by Monday and deploy five more choppers, taking the total number of aircraft used for rescue and relief to 96.
The services at the Kochi international airport, which is among the busiest in the country, have been suspended till 26 August after flood water inundated the runway.
The decisions were taken at a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country's apex body to handle emergency situation, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, PTI reported.
PM Modi Thanks UAE for its Help Extended to Kerala
A big thanks to @hhshkmohd for his gracious offer to support people of Kerala during this difficult time. His concern reflects the special ties between governments and people of India and UAE.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
Railways to Provide Free Transportation of Relief Material
Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that the Railways would provide free transportation of relief material for Kerala through various state government agencies.
We are concerned about the well being of people affected by Kerala floods & the Central Govt. is committed to providing all possible help. Railways will now provide free transportation of relief material for Kerala through various State Govt. agencies, PSUs & other Govt. agencies— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 18, 2018
More Funds a Good Step, But Declare Kerala Floods a National Disaster: Rahul to PM
Reiterating Congress’ demand of declaring the floods in Kerala a national disaster, Rahul Gandhi asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to ‘vacillate as the people of Kerala are suffering.’
Dear PM,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 18, 2018
Increasing funds allocated for Kerala relief to Rs.500 Cr is a good step but nowhere near enough. It is critical you declare the floods as a National Disaster. Please do not vacillate as the people of Kerala are suffering. #KeralaFloodRelief https://t.co/AxabEOHftR
Navy Conducts Rescue Operations in Chengannur
AAP Legislators Donate One Month Salary to Kerala
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that all Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and MPs will be donating one month salary to Kerala.
All AAP MLAs, MPs and ministers donating one month salary for Kerala— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 18, 2018
NDRF Rescues 194
NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams have rescued 194 persons and 12 livestock. They have also evacuated 10,467 and provided pre-hospital treatment to 159, ANI reported.
Multiple States Announce Assistance For Kerala
Several states lend their helping hands to flood ravaged Kerala, ANI reported.
- Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced Rs 5 crore aid.
- Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced Rs 20 crore aid.
- Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani declared Rs 10 crore support for Kerala.
Cong Urges Kerala Floods to Be Declared 'National Calamity'
Following Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked for the Kerala Floods to be declared as ‘National Calamity.’
Protests Held In Capital Demanding More Funds
Protests were held at Jantar Mantar road on Saturday, 18 August, demanding that more funds be allocated for flood victims in Kerala.
Odisha CM Patnaik Announces Aid
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala from CM Relief Fund. He has also announced that 245 fire personnel with boats will be sent to Kerala for rescue operations.
Nitish Kumar Announces Rs 10 Cr Aid
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala from Bihar CM Relief Fund.
Have Asked For More Helicopters, Boats
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that he has thanked PM Modi for Rs 500 crore aid but has demanded more helicopters and boats.
"PM conducted aerial survey to get first-hand knowledge about flood. Our helicopter could not go to some places due to inclement weather. He has announced Rs 500 crore and all possible help. We thanked him and demanded more helicopters, boats."
Haryana CM Announces Rs 10 Cr Aid
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala on Saturday, 18 August.
Over 7000 People Evacuated to Safer Places: NDRF Official
Senior NDRF official Sanjay Kumar said that 58 teams of NDRF have been deployed in 8 affected districts and that over 7000 people have been evacuated to safer places, reported ANI.
He added more teams will be deployed if needed, reported ANI.
Nation Stands With Kerala, Tweets PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi tweeted that the nation stood ‘firmly’ with Kerala. He joined the review meeting, after he undertook an aerial survey of the flood situation in the state.
In Kerala, I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
Joined a review meeting and undertook an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding.
The nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour. pic.twitter.com/PFeWTTZAwl
Achankovil River Near Alappuzha Overflows
Achankovil river near Alappuzha's Kollakadavu village is overflowing following heavy rainfall in the area, reported ANI.
Speaking to ANI, a villager Shaukat said, “The area has been completely flooded. I have lost almost everything I had. The water level is increasing with every passing hour.”
UAE Forms National Emergency Committee
United Arab Emirates (UAE) to form a committee to help flood-hit areas of Kerala. Sheikh Khalifa has reportedly instructed the formation of a national emergency committee to provide assistance to hose affected.
SBI Announces Rs 2 Crore Relief
The State Bank of India (SBI) has donated Rs 2 crore to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) and announced waiver of fees and charges on services offered by the bank in Kerala.
PM Modi Announces Rs 500 Cr Additional Aid
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs 500 crore as immediate aid for Kerala floods, in addition to the 100 crore announced earlier, reported ANI.
Declare Kerala Floods As National Disaster, Tweets Rahul to PM
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Saturday, 18 August, asking the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the Kerala floods as a ‘National Disaster.’
Dear PM,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 18, 2018
Please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay. The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake.
Modi Conducts Aerial Survey
On the morning of Saturday, 18 August, Narendra Modi left from Thiruvananthapuram for an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Kochi.
The Prime Minister took stock of the floods and rescue operations in a meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the morning of 18 August. Following that, he conducted the aerial survey. He was accompanied by Vijayan, Governor P Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons during aerial survey of flood-affected areas.
The Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased, and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured, from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Funds.
Rains Continue to Lash Kerala, Visuals Roll in From Kalady
ANI shared footage of a flooded Kalady from Kerala, even as rains continued to batter the state.
Chengannur in Crisis
Boats are being rushed into Chengannur in Alappuzha district hours after sitting MLA Saji Cheriyan issued an appeal to save thousands of his constituents. There are reports that heavy flow is making rescue difficult for boats.
Ten Navy boats have reportedly reached the area.
"Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted. We did what we can with fishing boats we procured using our political clout. But we can't do more. The armed forces need to come here, please help us," Cheriyan had said.
Over 80,000 Rescued, Flood Situation Still Serious: CM Vijayan
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reiterated on Friday evening that the flood situation in the state continues to be serious even as intense rescue operations have managed to take over 80,000 people to safety.
Addressing a press conference on Friday evening at the capital, Thiruvananthapuram, he said that 82,442 people had been rescued on Friday, primarily with the help of navy and fisherfolks' boats.
According to official figures, 71,591 people had been rescued from Aluva district, 5,550 from Chalakudy, 3,060 from Chengannur, 2,000 from Kuttanad, and 741 from Thiruvalla and Aranmula.
(Source: The News Minute)
Meanwhile, ANI added that more than 500 people were rescued by ITBP personnel from Alleppey and Pathanamthitta.
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Announce Financial Aid for Flood-Hit Kerala
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has announced aid of Rs 10 crore for Kerala, ANI reported.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao also announced immediate financial help of Rs 25 crore for flood-hit Kerala.
Rao has instructed Chief Secretary S.K.Joshi to send the amount to Kerala immediately, ANI reported.
PM Modi Arrives in Kerala
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state. He was received by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons.
Kerala MLA Appeals for Help
Saji Cherian, Chengannur MLA appealed for help, requesting for rescue operations in his constituency, stating that “thousands will die”.
Speaking to Asianet, Cherian alleged that despite repeated requests for helicopters and relief material, not much had been done.
Delhi CM Announces 10 Cr Relief
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwalook to Twitter to announce that the Delhi government would contribute Rs 10 crore towards relief.
Spoke to Kerala CM.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 17, 2018
Del govt is making a contribution of Rs 10 cr.
I sincerely appeal to everyone to donate generously for our brothers and sisters in Kerala https://t.co/SfpnlQ7DR8
PM Modi Leaves for Kerala to Take Stock of the Flood Situation
Leaving for Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2018
Punjab CM Announces Rs 10 Cr Immediate Relief for Flood-Ravaged Kerala
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced Rs 10 crore immediate relief for flood-ravaged Kerala on Friday, 17 August.
According to an official statement, while Rs 5 crore is being transferred from the Punjab Chief Minister's Relief Fund to Kerala counterpart's relief fund, the remaining Rs 5 crore will be in the form of ready-to-eat food material and other supplies, to be flown there with the help of the Defence Ministry.
Worried about the #KeralaFlood situation. Ordered release of Rs 10 cr in relief aid - Rs 5 cr from my relief fund to Kerala CM’s relief fund and rest as food and other supplies, to be flown out there in @IAF_MCC sorties beginning tomorrow.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 17, 2018
Life Jackets, Food Packets, Boats Provided by Defence Ministry
A total of 1,300 life jackets, 1,000 raincoats, 1,300 gumboots, 1,200 ready-to-eat meals, 1,500 food packets, 25 motorised boats and nine non-motorised boats have been provided by the Defence Ministry for the rescue and relief operations in Kerala, reported ANI.
Meanwhile, the Southern Railway dispatched seven BRN wagons with syntax tanks carrying 2.8 lakh litre drinking water from Tamil Nadu's Erode at 4 pm. Fifteen BRN flat wagons with syntax water tanks are also being moved from Chennai to Erode. The water will be dispatched to the Government of Kerala.
Navy Rescue Operations Underway, 315 People Rescued
Navy rescue operations are currently underway in flood-affected areas.
Captain PE Prasad, Executive Officer, INS Venduruthy, said ,"315 people had taken shelter at Navy Camps, of which 53 have moved back to their relatives' places in & around Kochi.”
Rains Lash Prts of Gujarat
Rains lashed several parts of central and north Gujarat today after a dry spell this monsoon that had led to the state government terming the situation as "worrisome" in a review meeting held early this month.
Officials said that, since early morning today, it had been raining in central Gujarat districts like Panchmahals, Kheda, Anand and Ahmedabad and northern ones like Mehsana, Aravalli and Sabarkantha.
According to figures released by the state government, Kapadvanj in Kheda district received 145 mm of rains, Godhra town of Panchmahals received 120 mm, Sanand in Ahmedabad district received 110 mm and Matar in Kheda received 104 mm rainfall.
Death Toll Rises to 324
In a tweet, the Chief Minister’s Office said that the death toll had now escalated to 324, urging people to donate for rellief material.
Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps. Your help can rebuild the lives of the affected. Donate to https://t.co/FjYFEdOsyl #StandWithKerala.— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 17, 2018
Indian Navy Rescues Pregnant Woman, Evacuated to Hospital
The Navy airlifted a pregnant woman to safety in Kerala.
A pregnant lady with water bag leaking has been airlifted and evacuated to Sanjivani. Doctor was lowered to assess the lady. Operation successful #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaFloods2018 pic.twitter.com/bycGXEBV8q— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) August 17, 2018
The woman, Sajita Jabeel, later gave birth to a boy.
More Than 3000 Persons Rescued Armed Forces, Road Connectivity Restored
Since the start of the rescue operation, the armed forces have rescued at least 3,000 persons, the Defence Ministry declared in a tweet. More than 750 persons have been provided medical care.
The have also made additional deployments to provide relief, including 1 helicopter each for every district in the state. Additionally, road safety has been restored in many locations.
Update #OpMadad -— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) August 17, 2018
Road connectivity has been restored at 18 locations including the construction of 11 temporary bridges by @adgpi colns.
Medical camps are also being run by @adgpi at various locations.#KeralaFloods2018 @nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/iqCVFihH0X
Railway Recruitment Board Exams Postponed
Railway Recruitment Board exams, scheduled for Friday, have been postponed owing to the prevailing flood situation, The News Minute reported. Close to 27,000 applicants were scheduled to sit for the exams. A revised exam date for Kerala will be announced shortly, TNM added.
Add Time With Rescue Requests, Tweets CMO
We are receiving multiple repetitive rescue requests in CMO. Ensure that you add date and time along with exact location, any significant landmark, district, number of stranded people and contact number of victim in all new requests. #KeralaSOS— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 17, 2018
The CM’s office asked people in need of rescue to add date and time along with exact location, any significant landmark, district, number of stranded people in all distress messages.
SC Asks TN, Kerala To Ensure Reduction in Mullaperiyar Dam Water Levels
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the sub committee to examine and find ways, if possible, to ensure that the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam won't cross 139 feet, a reduced limit from the earlier 142 feet.
SC also asked Kerala and Tamil Nadu to abide by National Crisis Management Committee's directions on rehabilitation and water level reduction.
The court also sought a report from Kerala on steps taken on disaster management and rehabilitation measures.
Death Toll Rises To 167
Death toll due to floods has risen to 167, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday, 17 August in a press briefing,
"At least, 4,000 people have been rescued by NDRF till now. A total of 70 people have been airlifted from various parts of the city and 1,568 relief camps have opened up in the state," CM Vijayan was quoted by Firstpost as saying.
മഴക്കെടുതി ദുരിതാശ്വാസ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങൾ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി വിശദീകരിക്കുന്നുPosted by Chief Minister's Office, Kerala on Thursday, August 16, 2018
According to him, 16 teams of Army, 13 teams of Navy, 10 teams of Air Force, and 39 teams of NDRF are now engaged in the operations. The NDRF has so far rescued 4,000 people and Navy 550.
Relief Operations Continue in Full Force
All wings of the defence forces have intensified further their rescue and relief operations in Kerala. A Navy aircraft transported relief material and Army personnel to flood hit areas on 16 August.
Relief camps were also set up inside an aircraft hangar in Naval Base Kochi.
4 Capital Ships of ICG Reach Kochi
Four capital ships of Indian Coast Guard have reached Kochi and joined the Disaster and Relief Team, reported ANI.
Twenty-four teams are already working in the flood-affected villages. Indian Coast Guard, so far, has rescued 1,764 people and guided 4,688 people to safer locations.
Kodagu-Mangalore Highway Blocked
The Kodagu-Mangalore highway has been blocked in Makanur area due to multiple landslides triggered due to heavy incessant rainfall in the region, reported ANI.
“We are landlocked as all roads leading out of Madikeri are blocked due to multiple landslides, we are unable to move to save people,” PRS Chetan, Civil Defense QRT (quick reaction team) told ANI.
Five Units of NDRF Reach Kerala
Five units of National Disaster Response Force have reached Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, 17 August for rescue operations. Thirty five teams are expected to reach there later in the day, reported ANI.
PM Narendra Modi Speaks to CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about the flood situation in the state. He also confirmed that he will visit the state later in the day.
Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2018
Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding. @CMOKerala
Red Alert Issued in 13 Districts
A red alert has been issued in 13 districts except Kasaragod on Friday, 17 August, reported ANI.
Death Toll Touches 114
With the death toll in the devastating floods rising to 114 in Kerala, and more than one lakh people living in relief camps across the state, the Centre on Thursday, 16 August, deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation.
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