Kerala Flood Highlights: Kochi Airport To Resume Operations On August 29

Kerala Floods: People have been returning home after Kerala floods and many are still in relief camps. Over 200 people have died since August 8 and almost a million were forced to leave their homes.

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Kerala Flood Highlights: Kochi Airport To Resume Operations On August 29

Kerala Flood: Rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts are underway in Kerala after floods

As Kerala struggles to recover from devastating floods, the worst in over a century, experts on Tuesday said that certain warnings and predictions had gone unheeded. People are still in relief camps and struggling to piece their lives back together. Union Minister KJ Alphons spent a night at a relief camp in Changanacherry and had said that most of the people would not have been able to sleep, thinking of an uncertain future. The government’s relief package for Kerala may fall below the requirements and Kerala finance minister Thomas Issac said that foreign relief must not be denied.

Kerala needs skilled workers to rebuild itself, union minister KJ Alphons had reiterated on Tuesday. Help has been coming in from many quarters. People have been returning home after Kerala floods and many are still in relief camps. Over 200 people have died since August 8 and almost a million were forced to leave their homes. The initial assessment of losses is pegged at over Rs 20,000 crore.

Here are the Highlights on the Kerala floods: 


 


Aug 22, 2018
19:09 (IST)
Kochi Airport to resume operations on August 29

In view of concern expressed by stakeholders of airlines & ground staff that 90% of their staffers got affected by the flood, the Cochin International Airport Limited or CIAL has decided to extend the date of resuming operations for 3 more days. Operations will start on 29 August, according to news agency ANI.
Aug 22, 2018
19:03 (IST)
Kerala Floods: UAE Offered Aid On Its Own, Is Not "Any Other Nation": Pinarayi Vijayan
The UAE "cannot be considered any other nation", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday, amid reports that the centre had turned down aid offers from foreign governments in the wake of the flood disaster.
Aug 22, 2018
18:36 (IST)
Ex-Diplomat Stresses Accepting UAE Cash Offer For Kerala Is A Problem
While the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offering $100 million as financial assistance for flood relief operation in Kerala is a "good gesture", there is a "problem" in accepting such a huge cash donation, according to a former Indian diplomat who has served in the Gulf region.
Aug 22, 2018
18:30 (IST)

Aug 22, 2018
18:29 (IST)
Great gesture :
Aug 22, 2018
17:53 (IST)
Kerala Floods: Video Of Army Rescuing Man With Prosthetic Limb Wins Hearts
In yet another heartwarming incident of solidarity and courage in the face of adversity, a man with a prosthetic leg was rescued by the Indian army from the Kerala floods.
Aug 22, 2018
17:48 (IST)
Gautham, a Class 10 student from Vandiperiyar lost his books & notebooks in the flood, according to news agency ANI. He says,"We returned home from a relief camp after 15 days today&I can't find my books. I don't know how I will continue my studies now." Gautham's father added,"we have lost everything."

Aug 22, 2018
17:42 (IST)
Kerala Floods: Cristiano Ronaldo Has Not Donated $11 Million: Kerala Battles Deluge Of False News
Cristiano Ronaldo has not donated $11 million to the Kerala flood disaster fund and there are no cracks in a key dam, but fake news has fueled confusion and fear in the country.
Aug 22, 2018
16:36 (IST)
Read Here: Thailand Envoy Confirms India's 'No Aid' Stand, Kerala Asks Who Will Pay
An ambassador from Thailand today tweeted to say that India has made it clear that it would not accept international aid for flood relief in Kerala - raising concerns of a shortfall during reconstruction in the ravaged state. The Centre should not deny others a chance to help Kerala, since its financial package is far below the amount requested, said state finance minister Thomas Issac.
Aug 22, 2018
16:02 (IST)
Read Here: On UAE Aid, Kerala Minister's Reminder: Centre Can't Pay For Rebuilding
The Centre's financial package for Kerala may fall far below requirement and it should not deny others a chance to help the flood-hit state. In an interview with NDTV, Kerala finance minister Thomas Issac made the point, discussing the Rs 700-crore aid, which Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, has been promised by the United Arab Emirates.
Aug 22, 2018
14:57 (IST)
Aug 22, 2018
14:35 (IST)
Aug 22, 2018
14:17 (IST)
Kerala will ask the centre to raise ceiling on borrowing for the state to 4.5 per cent of the GDP, which is at 3 per cent now. This will help raise an additional Rs. 10,500 crore from the market, Mr Vijayan said. It will also "request NABARD for a special scheme to implement long-term projects for infrastructure development in agriculture, irrigation and associated areas and social sectors", he tweeted.
Aug 22, 2018
13:53 (IST)
On UAE Aid, Kerala Minister's Reminder: Centre Can't Pay For Rebuilding
The Centre's financial package for Kerala may fall far below requirement and it should not deny others a chance to help the flood-hit state. In an interview with NDTV, Kerala finance minister Thomas Issac made the point, discussing the Rs 700-crore aid, which Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, has been promised by the United Arab Emirates."
Aug 22, 2018
13:34 (IST)
Kerala flood: Indian Oil has assured full supply of Aviation fuel to Kerala. It said that aviation fuel refueling was happening at war footing and timely supply to forces was being ensured 
Aug 22, 2018
13:27 (IST)
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel delivering relief items to 460 families in various areas of Chengannur.

Aug 22, 2018
13:10 (IST)
In the wake of tropical cyclones and severe weather events in Kerala and Karnataka coasts, the centre has proposed to set up a Cyclone Warning Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) M Rajeevan said today.

The cyclone centre is expected to come up in another one month, he said.

At present, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has cyclone warning centres in Chennai, Bhubaneswar,  Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Aug 22, 2018
12:47 (IST)
Kerala Flood: State Of Dams In India

In the past, CAG reports have highlighted that Of 4,862 large dams, only 349 have emergency disaster action plans. Kerala alone has 60 dams 




Aug 22, 2018
12:37 (IST)
"We asked for Rs 2000 crore, they (centre) could give us only Rs 600 crore, I don't know why they should deny some other government's help": Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac had said 


Aug 22, 2018
12:30 (IST)
Relief and rescue ops in process in Venmoney,Chengannur. The Engineer Task Force of 8 Engineer regiment rescued stranded people and distributed water, medicines and food supplies

Aug 22, 2018
12:25 (IST)
Tourism minister KJ Alphons has been saying that Kerala needed army of skilled workers that will help the flood-ravaged state rebuild itself. Tuesday night the union minister slept at a relief camp in Changanacherry. "Most people didn't sleep thinking of a uncertain tomorrow", he said. 

Aug 22, 2018
12:18 (IST)
Political blame-game in Kerala 

Kerala Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has lashed out at the government saying that Kerala floods were a man-made disaster and that people were not warned when the dam gates were opened.  VD Satheeshan, Congress lawmaker from Ernakulam said those who took the wrong decision of delaying the opening of gates must be prosecuted. 

Aug 22, 2018
12:07 (IST)
Kerala floods: People offer prayers at Masjid Noor Juma Masjid in Vandiperiyar in Idukki district on the occasion of Eid

Aug 22, 2018
12:00 (IST)

The Home Ministry had clarified that Indians staying abroad could send  donations to Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund as that will be tax free.

"If foreign aid is coming to non-profits or NGOs which are registered under the Foreign Contribution (regulation) Act (FCRA) then they will not be taxed. But if donations are received by NGOs which are not registered, then it is counted as the income of the NGO and that will be taxed," a senior officer had told NDTV.  

 

Aug 22, 2018
11:56 (IST)
Army Aviation Squadron drops off 1500 kilograms of relief material in areas North and South of Kochi, that had been cut-off since the past 3 to 4 days

Aug 22, 2018
11:46 (IST)

Border Security Force carrying out operations for rehabilitation in the flood affected suburban regions of Thrissur. Indo-Tibetan Border Police are also lending a hand in relief ops. 


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Aug 22, 2018
11:04 (IST)
Relief material from various parts of the country being brought to Kochin Port

Aug 22, 2018
10:44 (IST)
Ayyappa devotees have been advised by authorities not go to Sabrimala as flood waters in the Pampa river at the foothills have not yet receded.

Aug 22, 2018
10:10 (IST)
Swimmer Sajan Prakash has been to hell and back at the Asian Games, competing in Jakarta while family members went missing in Kerala floods. 

The 24-year-old became the first swimmer to reach last weekend's 200 metres butterfly final despite the knowledge that five relatives had not been found and his family home in Kerala had been destroyed by floodwater.

Prakash finished outside the medals in fifth, but his prayers were answered after an uncle called to inform him his family members had survived the devastating floods that have killed more than 350 people. Read story
Aug 22, 2018
10:00 (IST)
Kerala Floods: In Touching Video, People Applaud As Army Delivers Medicines
A video of the rescue and relief operations carried out at Chatengkeri was shared by the army 16 hours ago. It shows about 20 people standing in ankle-deep water, clapping as army personnel carry in boxes full of medicine." 
Aug 22, 2018
09:51 (IST)
An online platform has been launched to help rain-hit victims of Kerala connect with people who are willing to throw open their houses for accommodation.

The website 'EachOneHostOne.com', which was launched by five Chennai entrepreneurs, helps the affected relocate to any safer place which has been offered near them.
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