Kerala floods LIVE: Death toll rises to 87, Pinarayi Vijayan says water level to rise further


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16: With rains still pouring down heavily leading to flooding across Kerala, 20 fresh deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 87, since August 8.Meanwhile, the operations at Cochin International Airport have been suspended till Saturday 2 pm after flood water submerged the runway.

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Here are the LIVE updates on Kerala rains

05:23 pm

A child being rescued by Indian Coast Guard in flood affected Aluva. 132 people have been rescued from Thrissur, Aluva & Perumbavoor by Coast Guard helicopters today.

04:19 pm

Patnaik also offered any other kind of support required to tackle the calamity, as Odisha has expertise in dealing with disasters like flood and cyclone, it said.

04:19 pm

Patnaik also offered any other kind of support required to tackle the calamity, as Odisha has expertise in dealing with disasters like flood and cyclone, it said.

04:18 pm

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik talked to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan over telephone, following which the financial aid was announced, the CMO said.

04:18 pm

Odisha government announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 crore for flood-ravaged Kerala, where the death toll in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8 has risen to 75.

04:17 pm

Kochi airport to remain closed till August 26 afternoon

04:14 pm

Congress President Rahul Gandhi expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and took to Twitter to make a fervent appeal to people for help by contributing to the chief minister's relief fund. "I am deeply concerned for the people of #Kerala tonight, as the flood waters rise. Thousands are stranded. Relief camps full. Many have lost their loved ones. It's time to step up & help. Please contribute generously to the CM's relief fund," he said on Twitter tagging the link to the relief fund.

04:14 pm

Supreme Court directs meeting of sub-committee under Section 9 of Disaster Management Act to meet with Kerala and Tamil Nadu authorities on management of Mullaperiyar reservoir water, directs to try and maintain water level at 139 feet.

03:58 pm

Rescue operations held by Coast Guard helicopters over Ernakulam, earlier today. 132 people have been rescued from Thrissur, Aluva & Perumbavoor by Coast Guard helicopters today.

03:52 pm

45 persons stranded due to incessant rains were rescued from Machilipatnam by three teams of Indian Navy deployed at Perumbavoor, yesterday.

03:51 pm

We have deployed teams in 7 districts. 14 teams are already there and today we are sending another 12 teams & if required more teams will be sent. We are working for rescue, evacuation and relief in coordination with the state authorities: Sanjay Kumar, DG NDRF

01:57 pm

12 more teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) - 6 from Delhi and 6 from Gandhinagar - are being airlifted to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 18 teams are already deployed in the state.

01:25 pm


Visuals from a relief centre set up in Kumily after flood water entered villages in the area.

12:58 pm

Flood water spreads across the city in Kalamassery region. Roads damaged and water continues to flow inside the city.

12:35 pm

Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans rescue senior citizens in flood affected Thrissur district's Arattupuzha village

12:28 pm

According to latest reports, power supply has been affected in many part of Eranakulam. There are unconfirmed reports that some substations have been shut down as water levels started rising. Reports from Kozhikode city, where most of the low-lying areas are under water, say power is off across much of the city.

12:23 pm

Very serious situation is prevailing in the state as nearly all villages are flood affected. I had a telephonic conversation with PM, HM and Defence minister, they have offered all support. More helicopters to be deployed soon, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

12:05 pm

Arvind Kejriwal came out at his residence to meet supporters and urged them not to celebrate his birthday this year owing to Atal Bihari Vajpayee's critical health and Kerala Floods. He also urged them to donate generously to help those in need in Kerala.

12:05 pm

2 children die in wall collapse in Oorkadavu, heavy rain continues in Kozhikode district.

12:04 pm

12 districts in #Kerala are severely affected. These are the worse floods since 1924. I met PM, Home Minister & Def Minister y'day. Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard & NDRF are conducting rescue&relief ops. It is predicted that water levels will rise, says Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons

11:47 am

Indo-Tibetan Border Police conducts rescue operation in Thrissur district's Arattupuzha village

11:45 am

Planes at the Cochin airport have been submerged in water as the water level rises due to rain. The runway has also been under water since yesterday. The airport will be shut till Saturday, as per reports.

11:45 am

Planes at the Cochin airport have been submerged in water as the water level rises due to rain. The runway has also been under water since yesterday. The airport will be shut till Saturday, as per reports.

11:42 am

Indian Air Force airlifts a person in flood affected Pathanamthitta district of Kerala

11:41 am

Saddened to hear about the critical health condition of Atal Bihari Vaajpayee ji. Praying for his speedy recovery, says N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief

11:35 am

Rescue operation underway in Pathanamthitta district. Death toll rises to 73 across the state.

11:30 am

An emergency meeting presided over by Kerala CM Vijayan Pinarayi has reviewed the situation in the state

11:20 am

The overnight rains, and the resulting floods, have submerged Aluva and Muvattupuzha—the suburbs of Kochi.

11:20 am

CM Pinarayi Vijayan called for an emergency meeting of top officials on Thursday morning, and phoned Rajnath Singh requesting more central forces.

11:20 am

The state government has opened control rooms to tackle the Kerala floods. The Indian Army and National Disaster Response Force has pressed more teams into service. The helpline numbers, however, are jammed and several people are unable reach authorities.

10:56 am

Under the leadership of Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, Crisis Management Group Committee meeting is underway at Home Ministry over Kerala Floods

10:31 am

National Disaster Response Force evacuated 926 persons to safer place so far at Pathamithitta, Kozzhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur & Alappuzha.

10:24 am

Had a telephonic conversation with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the prevailing flood situation in the state. The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Kerala. We are providing all possible assistance. I am in constant touch with Kerala CM, says HM Rajnath Singh

10:24 am

82 tourists stranded inside a bus in Munnar. All routes are either flooded, or blocked due to mudslides.

10:03 am


Army built a 35 feet long bridge and rescued 100 people (approx) including children and senior citizens from Malampuzha's Valiyakadu village

09:51 am


Rescuers evacuate people from a flood-hit locality, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday

09:50 am


Rescue officials assist villagers out of a flooded area following heavy monsoon rainfall, near Kochi

09:42 am

In Ernakulam district, at least 30,580 people have been moved to relief centres, after discharge from the Idukki reservoir was increased overnight to tackle the heavy inflow from catchment areas and the unexpected discharge from the Mullaperiyar dam, which is in Kerala, but controlled by Tamil Nadu.

09:42 am

Train routes have also been rescheduled as services between Angamali and Aluva has been suspended.

09:41 am

MoS Alphons Kannanthanam to reach Trivandrum today to meet concerned authorities for any coordination. He will be available at Trivandrum Secretariat and Disaster Management Rescue office for all assistance.

09:39 am

Heavy rain to continue in Kerala, thousands of people stranded across, Idukki district is fully cut off from mainland with roads along the hillrange washed away or damaged in landslides, communication networks down, rescue operations remain a question

09:19 am

Due to heavy rain, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus services stopped from Chamarajanagar district for Tamil Nadu's Ooty and Kerala's Kochi

08:46 am

Kochi Metro train services suspended as water level rises in Muttom Metro yard area.

08:44 am

Southern Naval Command suspends all training activities to support in the flood relief operations as requested by Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). All resources mobilised for rescue & relief efforts in Ernakulam & Trichur

08:37 am


Water level in Mullaperiyar Dam at 142 feet as rain continues to lash the state

08:20 am

Water level in Achankoil river at Alappuzha's Kollakadavu rises as heavy rainfall continues to lash the state.

08:20 am

Rain continues to lash Kerala; Visuals from Alappuzha district's Mavelikara.

12:12 am

The Navy rescued more than 80 persons today. As part of its ‘Operation Madad’, the Southern Naval Command deployed 21 rescue and diving teams with Gemini boats.

12:12 am

All the educational institutions in Ernakulam district to remain closed on August 16 and 17.

12:12 am

CMO tweets, "A high alert situation continues in Kerala, the death toll has climbed to 67 and currently about 1.5 lakh people have been moved to 1067 relief camps across the state." "In the morning, red alerts were issued for 12 out of the 14 districts, but by evening, it was extended to all districts in the state."

12:11 am

The death has risen to 70. The Army and Air force have been deployed.

12:11 am

The death has risen to 70. The Army and Air force have been deployed.

09:44 pm

Power supply and communication systems have been disrupted in various parts of the state.

09:42 pm

Heavy (7-11 cm in 24 hours) to very heavy (12-20 cm in 24 hours) rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall (21cm or more in 24 hours) at one or two places.

09:42 pm

Thiruvananthapuram city police has set up a 24-hour control room for flood relief operations. People can contact police on: 9497 960 211, 0471-233 1843, 100

09:42 pm

The number of deaths in rain-related incidents in Kerala has risen to 67, with 25 deaths just today, Chief Minister Painarayi Vijayan has said

08:01 pm

Death toll rises to 67 in Kerala, 25 deaths reported today

07:16 pm

Kearala chief minister has asked the people to limit the use of drinking water supplied by the Kerala Water Authority

07:16 pm

CM Pinarayi Vijayan spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh over phone informing them about the intensifying flood situation in the State.

07:15 pm

Union home minister Rajnath Singh assured Pinarayi Vijayan that union home secretary will speak to Tamil Nadu chief secretary to bring down the water level of Mullaperiyar dam.

07:14 pm

Government has announced holiday for schools and colleges in all districts, except for Kasargod, view of grim flood situation Kerala.

06:49 pm

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has sent communicated to Tamil Nadu CM E.K. Palaniswami demanding his intervention to reduce the water level of Mullaperiyar Dam to 139 ft. The water level in Mullaperiyar Dam has reached 142 ft.

06:49 pm

The issue of Mullaperiyar dam between Kerala and Tamil Nadu is likely to trigger fresh tension between the two states. The dam is located in Kerala, but it serves and is operated by Tamil Nadu.

06:38 pm

Prime minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and extended support to the flood-hit state.

05:55 pm

Kannur university has cancelled all examinations scheduled for August 16, new dates to be announced later.

05:55 pm

All examinations of Calicut University scheduled to be held on August 16 and 17 postponed.

05:54 pm

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is meeting Governor P Sathasivam to appraise about the flood situation in the state

05:45 pm

8 dead as house collapses in Malappuram

05:20 pm

Kerala MP and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has suggested MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha to divert the flights to Thiruvananthapuram, instead of Mumbai.

05:19 pm

Four teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been airlifted from Pune Airport to Kerala for rescue operations.They have full-wave rectified (FWR) equipment and communication equipment with them.

04:52 pm

The death toll in Kerala has risen to 47 as there is no let up in heavy rains.

04:38 pm

Water discharge from Idukki increased to 1400 cumecs

04:37 pm

Bus services to Angamaly-Puthenvelikkara-Kanakkankadavu-Mala routes have been stopped due to flood

04:37 pm

Landslide at Kandappanam Memala locality of Kottyur village in Kannur, 20 families evacuated

03:48 pm

''All the officials are involved in the rescue & relief operations. The rain will continue for the next four days too & we all need to be careful. The neighboring states have been helping us & we need their help in the future too,'' Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.

03:48 pm

Kerala CM said,''We're witnessing something that has never happened before in the history of Kerala. Almost all dams are opened. Most of our water treatment plants are submerged, motors are damaged. We're keeping all this in mind but our priority is to get drinking water to the people.''

03:17 pm

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has suspended its services from Bengaluru to Kerala's Kannanur, Kozhikode and Kasaragod.

03:17 pm

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has cancelled its premium services between Bengaluru & Mangalore. Premium services to not operate in Subramanya, Dharmasthala, Kundapur. Only express service (Karnataka Sarige) buses operating via Charmadi to Mangaluru

03:16 pm

Rescue and relief operations underway for people in the flood affected areas across the state. Visuals near Palakkad area

03:16 pm

A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus is stranded in a flooded street in Sultan Bathery, Wayanad

03:15 pm

India Meteorological Department issues Red Alert in the entire state of Kerala.

03:15 pm

Rescue and relief operations underway for flood-affected victims in Muppathadam area

03:14 pm

17,974 people shifted to 117 relief camps in Ernakulam district due to heavy rainfall in the state

[Cochin Airport suspends operations till afternoon]

Five people have been missing since Tuesday night -- three in Idukki, one each in Malappuram and Kozhikode. Many others were saved by the authorities on Wednesday even as they sought more help from NDRF.

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The Kerala government has sought more contingents of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to combat the serious flood situation in the state. Heavy rain, landslides and the flood have claimed almost 40 lives so far.

Spelling more trouble for Kerala, the Tamil Nadu government opened the sluice gates of the Mullaperiyar dam at 2.30 am on Wednesday to release excess water from the reservoir.

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From the Cheruthoni dam, water is now being released at the rate of 8.5 lakh litres a second.

The Met Department has issued a 'Red Alert' (heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places) for Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, Malappuram, Palakkad, Idukki and Ernakulam districts till Thursday, August 16.

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