With the death toll in the devastating floods rising to 324 in Kerala, and more than one lakh people living in relief camps across the state, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rains in the state for the next 48 hours.
Heavy to very heavy showers are predicted in isolated places for the districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam will experience heavy rainfall as well.
PM Narendra Modi arrived in Kerala late 17 August, to take stock of the flood situation in the state.
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Kerala Battles Worst Flood in History, Death Toll Rises To 114
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.
PM Modi Leaves for Kerala to Take Stock of the Flood Situation
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.
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.
Indian Navy Rescues Pregnant Woman, Evacuated to Hospital
The Navy airlifted a pregnant woman to safety in Kerala.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.