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Kerala Floods Updates: Over 20,000 People Have Been Rescued So Far, Says Defence Minister

Floods in Kerala killed more than 300 people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier undertaken an aerial survey of the flood-hit state.

Kerala Floods Updates: Over 20,000 People Have Been Rescued So Far, Says Defence Minister

Kerala Floods: Over 3 lakh people in Kerala have been relocated to relief camps. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's is has surveyed flood-hit Kerala .The state is witnessing one of the most savage monsoon in over a century. An immediate relief of Rs 500 crore has been announced for Kerala.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said over 324 people have been killed in the last nine days and over 2 lakh people have been displaced. Till now, 42 Navy, 16 Army, 28 Coast Guard and 39 National Disaster Relief Force teams were engaged in rescue operations. Another 14 NDRF teams are expected to reach shortly. Earlier Home Minister Rajnath Singh had undertaken and aerial survey of the flood-ravaged state and the centre had extend a Rs100 crore package. 

Flood water from the Periyar river and its tributaries has submerged many towns in Ernakulam and Thrissur. An emergency  situation has developed in Alapuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Pathanamthitta districts, where roads have become completely submerged. Thousands of people are still perched on trees and rooftops, waiting to be rescued. Telecom operators had announced free calls and data, extension in bill payment due dates and other relief measures for subscribers in Kerala. "To help you stay in touch with your loved ones and remain connected, we are extending a complimentary 7 days unlimited voice & data pack to you," Jio said in a message sent to customers.

Here are the updates on the Kerala flood situation: 


Aug 18, 2018 23:32 (IST)
At least 164 people have died since August 8 and 33 people died in on Saturday, state government said today. 
Aug 18, 2018 22:20 (IST)
PM Modi this evening thanked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) prime minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for supporting the southern state hit by floods. 

Aug 18, 2018 22:14 (IST)
Over 20,000 Have Been Saved So Far, Says Defence Minister
Aug 18, 2018 22:12 (IST)
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Addressed A Press Conference This Evening
Aug 18, 2018 21:02 (IST)
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that relief material will be transported for free to the state. 
Aug 18, 2018 20:36 (IST)
As civilian airport remains flooded in Kerala, Naval airstrip in Kochi will be used for commercial flights from Monday, news agency PTI reported. 
Aug 18, 2018 20:12 (IST)
All mobile operators have offered free SMS and data services in Kerala, says Centre, reports news agency PTI
Aug 18, 2018 18:38 (IST)
The NDRF said today that it has launched biggest ever rescue operation in the flood-ravaged state. Read here
Aug 18, 2018 17:41 (IST)
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has call off his proposed trip to the US for medical treatment, an official said on Saturday. Mr Vijayan was scheduled to leave for Mayo Clinic in the USA on Sunday, news agency IANS reported. 

Since May 29, rains and floods and have claimed over 300 lives in the state, and over 3.53 lakh people are living in over 2,000 relief camps. 
Aug 18, 2018 17:21 (IST)
Stand Firm With Kerala, Tweets Devendra Fadnavis
As support continues to pour in from across the country, Maharashtra announced a donation of Rs 10 crore for Kerala. Devendra Fadnavis urged people to "contribute in all possible ways". 
Aug 18, 2018 17:15 (IST)
In the Nagapattinam district, special prayers were conducted today at the famous Shrine Basilica at Velankanni in the district for the flood-ravaged state. Popularly known as the "Lourdes of the East", the Shrine Basilica, dedicated to the Lady of Good Health, is an important pilgrimage centre for Christians from Kerala, news agency PTI reported. 
Aug 18, 2018 16:40 (IST)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an aid of Rs 15 crore for the flood victims in Kerala. 
Aug 18, 2018 16:26 (IST)
Gujarat Announces Rs 10 Crore Aid For Flood-Hit Kerala
The Gujarat government today announced financial aid of Rs 10 crore for Kerala.  Over 3 lakh people have been moved to relief camps and a tweet from Pinarayi Vijayan said that the loss from the floods, as per initial estimates, was Rs 19,512 crore, news agency PTI reported. 
Aug 18, 2018 15:06 (IST)
The Defence Ministry has tweeted details of the material and equipment crucial for rescue and relief operations in Kerala, which have been deployed in the flood hit state.

Aug 18, 2018 15:05 (IST)
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced ₹5 crore as immediate assistance from Maharashtra Government for Kerala
Aug 18, 2018 14:59 (IST)

With 324 dead and more than three lakh people shifted to relief camps, in what is the worst floods in Kerala in a century, an unprecedented rescue and relief operation is being led by the three services along with teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF, involving nearly 1,300 personnel. 
Aug 18, 2018 14:45 (IST)
Aug 18, 2018 14:34 (IST)
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India will operate a 'proving flight' to Kochi's naval base today to study the safety aspects of operating ATR-type aircraft from there, a spokesperson of the national carrier said. 

Air India is trying to find a way to fly in and out of Kochi where the airport has been closed down till August 26 leaving thousands of passengers stranded, the spokesperson said.

Aug 18, 2018 14:18 (IST)
Appeal for helicopters: 

Saji Cherian, who represents Chengannur in the Kerala assembly, said he feared there were at least 50 dead in the town and broke down in tears as he pleaded for more help on Asianet TV late Friday. "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," he said.

Aug 18, 2018 14:16 (IST)
Indian ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri said he would chair a meeting on Sunday with major community organisations, activists and business leaders to coordinate relief support from UAE. He also appealed to people to contribute generously towards the Kerala relief effort 
Aug 18, 2018 14:08 (IST)
In August, till 16th actual rainfall was 619.5mm, normally it should have been 244.1 mm. The intensity of rainfall has decreased now there won't be extremely heavy rains anymore but heavy rains will continue for 2 days: Dr. S Devi of met office as quoted by ANI

Aug 18, 2018 14:03 (IST)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that AAP lawmakers and ministers would donate their month's salary to Kerala relief effort. 

Aug 18, 2018 14:00 (IST)
The Defence Ministry has tweeted the deployment details of aircraft for rescue work in flood-hit Kerala.

Aug 18, 2018 13:59 (IST)
Special aircraft of Indian Army reaches Thiruvananthapuram with food and basic amenities for flood affected areas.

Aug 18, 2018 13:38 (IST)
Bihar government has announced a contribution of ten crore towards the Kerala relief fund

Aug 18, 2018 13:35 (IST)

Even when they are offline, people in Kerala can use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them, Google said on Saturday. Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS. 

Plus codes work just like street addresses. When an address is not available, one can use a plus code to find or share a place on Google Maps. Read here

Aug 18, 2018 13:29 (IST)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he thanked PM Modi and demanded more helicopters and boats for the rescue effort. 

Aug 18, 2018 13:26 (IST)
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the flooding and extensive damage and displacement caused in rain-battered Kerala. UN Secretary-Generals spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said they had not received any direct request from the Indian Government for aid.
Aug 18, 2018 13:24 (IST)
Expressing concern over the Kerala floods, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has "pressed in to assisting rescue ops an Odisha contingent of 245 fire personnel, led by the Chief Fire Officer. Trained and experienced in flood rescue, the team is carrying 75 boats and other necessities.
Aug 18, 2018 13:24 (IST)
Kerala Floods: State Bank of India Donates 2 Crores To Flood-Hit Kerala, Waivers Fee On Services
The State Bank of India (SBI) has donated Rs 2 crore for the Kerala flood victims and initiated several other ground-level measures in the deluged state, an official said on Saturday."
Aug 18, 2018 13:23 (IST)
"Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has actively been monitoring the situation and rescue efforts in the state, said last evening. You can donate to Kerala relief effort by clicking this link
Aug 18, 2018 13:13 (IST)
We have been getting enough relief and rescue help, there is no doubt that we are in need of more help, but let us be positive. I request journalists to also look at rescue with a positive outlook. We should not be negative at this point. We are hopeful: Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan 
Aug 18, 2018 13:12 (IST)
Attorney General KK Venugopal has donated Rs 1 crore to the Kerala chief minister's relief fund. Mr Venugopal is from Cannore in Kerala. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had personally written to the AG for his help. Mr Venugopal said the amount he donated is just a small drop in the ocean.
Aug 18, 2018 13:00 (IST)
Railway update:

A passenger special train, operating from Ernakulam Jn(08:00 hrs) via Alappuzha will connect passengers from Kollam Jn by 16724 Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai egmore Ananthapuri express.

A passenger special will start from Thiruvananthapuram central at 11:30 hrs towards Ernakulam Jn via Alappuzha, On arrival at Ernakulam Jn it will operate as a special express towards Chennai egmore via Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram- Nagercoil town-Tirunelveli-Madurai

An Express Special will start from Thiruvananthapuram central at 17:00 hrs and run via Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Chennai Egmore, Gudur to Howrah. Reservation available for this train

Train No 12625 Thiruvananthapuram-New Delhi Kerala express leaving Thiruvananthapuram central at 11.15hrs will run via Nagercoil town-Tirunelveli-Madurai-Dindigul-Erode

Aug 18, 2018 12:46 (IST)
PM Modi's tweets on Kerala

I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit. I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation

NDRF teams, companies of BSF, CISF and RAF are deployed in the state for rescue and relief operations

Centre is providing all possible assistance to Kerala. This includes financial assistance, providing food grains and medicines

My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives due to incessant flooding across Kerala

Aug 18, 2018 12:41 (IST)
The National Highway Authority Of India has been directed by PM Modi to repair the main national highways damaged due to the floods on a priority basis. The central public sector undertaking like the NTPC and the PGCIL have been asked to render all possible assistance to the state government in restoring power lines
Aug 18, 2018 12:32 (IST)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala. Punjab and Delhi had announced aid earlier 
Aug 18, 2018 12:30 (IST)
Insurance companies were also directed to hold special camps for assessment and timely release of compensation to the affected families and beneficiaries under social security schemes. Villagers, whose houses have been destroyed in the floods, would be provided Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin houses on priority.

Aug 18, 2018 12:21 (IST)
In Kerala, I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state. 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: PM Modi tweeted 
Aug 18, 2018 12:17 (IST)
The Odisha government on Saturday sent a 240-member fire services team to carry out rescue operations in flood-ravaged Kerala. The team along with 75 power boats was airlifted by the Indian Air Force from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar 
Aug 18, 2018 11:59 (IST)
"Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has actively been monitoring the situation and rescue efforts in the state, said last evening.

Aug 18, 2018 11:44 (IST)
"The area has been completely flooded. I have lost almost everything I had. The water level is increasing with every passing hour", a resident of Kollakadavu village said. 
Aug 18, 2018 11:22 (IST)
The State Bank of India (SBI) has donated Rs 2 crore for the Kerala flood victims and initiated several other ground-level measures in the deluged state, an official said on Saturday.The SBI has encouraged all its 270,000 staffers to contribute to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), and the bank would contribute an equivalent amount.
Aug 18, 2018 11:20 (IST)
Aug 18, 2018 11:19 (IST)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has asked PM Modi to declare Kerala floods a national emergency without any delay. On the other hand Arvind Kejriwal has called an emergency meeting to discuss Kerala floods today
Aug 18, 2018 11:17 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accompanied by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P. Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons
Aug 18, 2018 11:02 (IST)
Rs 500 crore worth of immediate relief announced for flood-hit Kerala. 
Aug 18, 2018 10:34 (IST)
Kerala, Rained Out And Homeless, Needs Help. What You Can Do.

Aug 18, 2018 10:30 (IST)
Kerala Floods: "Kerala Part Of Our Success Story", Says UAE, Offers Help To Flood-Hit State
Kerala, facing one of the worst floods in a century, has been offered help by the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is to form a committee to help flood-hit areas of the state, a report said." 
Aug 18, 2018 10:07 (IST)
State highway to Idukki city from Kumily is blocked due to landslide, clearance operation underway

Aug 18, 2018 09:47 (IST)
PM Modi chairs a meeting in Kochi with CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister KJ Alphons and other officials

Aug 18, 2018 09:35 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala cancelled due to bad weather: Sources. He had left Thiruvananthapuram for Kochi about an hour and a half ago. 
Aug 18, 2018 09:10 (IST)
The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted 
Aug 18, 2018 09:00 (IST)
PM Surveys Flood-Battered Kerala; 324 Dead,  Over 3 Lakh Displaced: 10 Facts. Read Here
Aug 18, 2018 08:51 (IST)
United Arab Emirates will form a committee to help flood-hit areas of Kerala. Sheikh Khalifa, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, has instructed the formation of a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the people in Kerala. 
Aug 18, 2018 08:38 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took off in a helicopter from here to survey the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rains in Kerala. Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over 3 lakh others forced to move to some 2,000 relief camps.
Aug 18, 2018 08:36 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kochi, where he will take stock of the flood situation across Kerala. "Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps," read a tweet from the Chief Minister's Office. Till now, 42 Navy, 16 Army, 28 Coast Guard and 39 National Disaster Relief Force teams were engaged in rescue operations. Another 14 NDRF teams are expected to reach shortly. The military has pushed in more than 200 boats. Another four aircraft and three Coast Guard ships have also been brought in.
Aug 18, 2018 08:17 (IST)
Aug 18, 2018 08:12 (IST)

Many states have come forward to  help Kerala. Punjab, Maharashtra and Telanganam have offered packed food.

Aug 18, 2018 08:04 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee on Kerala flood: Words alone are not enough. Yet I must tell all my brothers and sisters of Kerala that our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones. Strength to those who are fighting the
Aug 18, 2018 08:02 (IST)
You can also donate to the Kerala Chief Minister Distress relief fund. Details below: 

NO: 67319948232 

Bank: State Bank of India   

IFSC : SBIN0070028 


Aug 18, 2018 07:43 (IST)
Aug 18, 2018 07:28 (IST)

PM Modi leaves from Thiruvananthapuram for an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Kochi

Aug 18, 2018 07:23 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra  Modi is on his way to Kochi
Aug 18, 2018 07:21 (IST)
Teiangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced Rs 25 crores of immediate financial help to the rain-hit state. He has also asked for water purifying machines worth Rs 2.5 crores to be sent to Kerala. 
Aug 18, 2018 07:12 (IST)
Aug 18, 2018 07:07 (IST)
Kerala Rains: PM Modi To Visit Flood-Hit Kerala Today, Nearly 100 Dead
Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Kerala and undertake an aerial survey of the flood ravaged areas on Saturday, Union Minister K J Alphons yesterday said."