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Kerala Floods Highlights: PM Modi reaches southern state; to conduct aerial survey today

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Subhayan Chakraborty | Updated on: 18 Aug 2018, 12:06:07 AM
Kerala Floods Live Updates: Death toll mounts to 324; rescue operation underway (Photo Source: Twitter)

New Delhi:

The life in Kerala has been hit hard by the unprecedented flood following incessant rains that also triggered landslides, claiming around 325 lives. On Thursday, the torrential rains and flood claimed at least 30 lives, destroying homes, roads as the public transport collapsed in many parts of Kerala. Kochi Metro has suspended their operations due to the conditions as Kerala reels under one of its worst floods in history.

An immediate central assistance of Rs 100 crore has been announced for relief works by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 12 after he took an aerial survey of the flood-hit regions.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking more aid and also sought additional Army personnel and helicopters.

For the first time in history, Kerala has opened 35 of its 39 dams.

Kerala Floods Live Updates:

# 11:14 PM : PM Modi arrives in Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state; received by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons.

# 10:40 PM: Odisha government releases helpline numbers for people of the state trapped in Kerala Floods.

# 10:25 PM: Andhra Pradesh government announces Rs 10 crore aid to rain-battered Kerala.

# 10:21 PM: Rescue operations underway by Rapid Action Force (RAF) in landslides affected areas in Palakkad's Nemmara.

# 10:02 PM:

# 09:58 PM: In view of the closure of Cochin airport, DGCA has asked scheduled domestic airlines to mount additional flights.

# 07:48 PM: "Spoke to Kerala CM. Delhi government is making a contribution of Rs 10 Cr. I sincerely appeal to everyone to donate generously for our brothers and sisters in Kerala," tweets Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

# 07:37 PM: Death toll due to floods in Kerala has risen to 324. 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps.

# 07:25 PM: PM Modi to take stock of flood situation in Kerala.

# 07:16 PM: Southern Railway dispatched 7 BRN wagons with syntax tank carrying 2.8 lakh litre drinking water from Tamil Nadu's Erode at 4 pm. 15 BRN flat wagons with Syntax water tanks being moved from Chennai to Erode. Water will be dispatched to the Government of Kerala.

# 07: 01 PM : Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has stopped all its premium service buses from Mangalore to Bengaluru due to heavy rain and landslide.

# 06:52 PM: Boats being used to rescue people in a flood-hit market in Alappuzha city. 

# 06:50 PM: 1300 life jackets, 571 lifebuoys, 1000 raincoats, 1300 gumboots, 1200 ready-to-eat meal, 1500 food packets, 25 motorised boats, 9 non-motorised boats provided by the Defence Ministry for rescue and relief operations in Kerala Floods.

# 06:31 PM: Alappuzha: Flooding continues in several areas affecting normal life across the city.

# 06:30 PM: 315 people had taken shelter at Navy Camps, of which 53 have moved back to their relatives' places in and around Kochi: Indian Navy

# 05:42 PM: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced Rs 10 crore worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala.

# 05:26 PM: Kochi: Streets flooded in Ernakulam's Velloorkunnam following heavy and incessant rainfall. 173 people have died till now in Kerala Floods.

# 04:43 PM: Roads being cleared in Kerala's Kumily after traffic movement was affected due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall.

# 03:47 PM: Sajita Jabeel, a 25 year old pregnant woman who was rescued by Navy from a flooded village  in Kerala's Aluva, has given birth to a boy.

# 02:20 PM: More than 3000 persons have been rescued by the armed forces as on date since the start of the operation. More than 750 persons have been provided medical care by the armed forces.

# 02:00 PM: 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, tweets Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan.

# 01:02 PM: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan is likely to put off his trip to the united states for treatment given the situation in the state.

# 01:00 PM: Oxygen supply, diesel stocks are a major concern for hospitals.

# 12:44 PM: The Supreme Court asks the Sub committee to examine and find ways out and if possible to ensure that the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam won't cross 139 feet.

# 12:05 PM: Death toll due to floods has risen to 167: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

# 12:00 PM: Visuals of a flooded road in Alappuzha's Chunakkara village

# 11:50 AM: The Supreme Court has said it will consider Kerala floods matter before noon as the court has declared a half-day holiday after 1 pm. 

# 11:40 AM: Landslide at Chikkenduru near Madikeri in Karnataka yesterday.

# 11:20 AM: Rescue operations in full swing at Kochi-Navy Air Base.

# 11:15 AM: IAF - Operation Karuna: Almost 170 people rescued in the last 2 days by airlifting and winching.

# 11:15 AM: Army - Operation Sahayog: Around 15000 people rescued across Kerala in the last 9 days of operation carried out by Pangode military station and Defence security cops Kannur. 

# 11:15 AM: 4 Capital Ships of Indian Coast Guard have reached Kochi and joined the Disaster and Relief Team.

# 11:07 AM: IAF C130J aircraft transported 9.0 tons of Relief material & Army personnel from Bhopal to Calicut on 16 Aug 18.

# 11:05 AM: All Birds airborne with relief material and Divers

# 11:00 AM: Link to the donation portal of Kerala chief minister relief fund:

# 10:45 AM: Latest Update-

# 10:30 AM: "Spoke to Hon. @CMOKerala few minutes ago. Enquired if the required materials are sufficiently being provided and if rescue coordination is happening. The Hon. @CMOKerala requested for more helicopters. Have instructed Vice Chief of Air Staff to provide the required assistance," tweets Nirmala Sitharaman.

# 9:50 AM: BSNL Kerala announces unlimited free calls for seven days from today in Kerala's four rain-affected districts - Waynadu, Idukki, Alleppey, and Pathanamthitta.

# 9:30 AM: Red alert has been issued in all 13 districts except Kasaragod on Friday.

# 9:30 AM: PM Modi on Kerala floods:

# 9:10 AM: Aerial visual of submerged Kochi airport due to incessant rains.

# 8:40 AM: Indian Coast Guard's rescue&relief team from Vandiperiyar has been shifted to the flood-affected Manjumala village.

# 8:40 AM: Five units of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) have reached Thiruvananthapuram this morning and deployed for rescue operations. 35 teams are expected to reach there on Friday (today).

# 7:48 AM: Indian Navy SNC commences relief operations from Naval Air station INS Garuda.

# 7:45 AM: Actor Siddharth, famously known for his role in Rang De Basanti starts 

# 7:30 AM: Here's how you can help those affected by the unprecedented floods in Kerala.

# 7:25 AM: Indian Army's ops are being conducted on a war footing in cooperation with civilians & state admin.

# 7:25 AM: A team of military ETF arrived on early hours of Friday in Thiruvalla for rescue operations.

# 7:20 AM :Heavy rainfall predicted for next 24 hours by the Skymet Weather Services, worsening the situation.

# 7:20 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Kerala and undertake an aerial survey on Saturday, Union Minister KJ Alphons said.

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First Published : 17 Aug 2018, 07:20:56 AM