An all-party meet called by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, over Kerala's flood situation, is currently underway. The meeting is being chaired by Mr Vijayan.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has pitched in Rs 700 crore for relief and rebuilding efforts.
Efforts to restore lives back to normal are underway in Kerala. On Monday, the first commercial flight landed at the INS Garuda Naval Base in Kochi. Phone connectivity and ATM services have been restored in many areas. The state's water authority and electricity board are trying to restore supply in areas that have been without power and tap water for days. Union minister KJ Alphons has reiterated that Kerala is in dire need of skilled workers.
The spread of diseases is a major concern after Kerala floods, owing to the non-availability of clean drinking water. The health ministry has set up 3,700 medical camps across the state and put six specialized medical teams on standby. Trains had earlier delivered RO purifiers and drinking water to the state. As for people still trapped, Drones are being used to assist in reaching people trapped in areas not easily accessible.
Here are the highlights on Kerala floods:
"The feedback received from the UAE government suggested that some individuals and organisations are involved in fund raising. I have to draw the attention of fellow Indians to the local laws (on fund raising)," Navdeep Singh Suri told the media on Monday.
He said only organisations that have special permission from the UAE's Community Development authorities can collect money and remit it abroad, the Gulf News reported on Tuesday.
#Update#KeralaFloods2018. Engineer Task Force from College of Military Engineering #IndianArmy led by Major Ravishankar repaired Water Treatment Plant Aluva. Enabled restoration of water supply to almost 3 lakh citizens. #OpMadad@PIB_India@SpokespersonMoD@HQ_IDS_Indiapic.twitter.com/o3m81s6TyE- ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 21, 2018
Kochi: Navy officials meet Sajita Jabeel,the pregnant lady who was airlifted in Aluva&later gave birth to baby.Commander Vijay Verma says,"It was a challenging rescue. The end-result,a baby being born,it's a joy like nothing else. A sense of personal satisfaction."#KeralaFloodspic.twitter.com/2PH3A9E7fh- ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2018
#KeralaFloodRelief : C-17 aircraft of Indian Air Force is being loaded at Air Force Station Halwara with relief material for flood affected people in Kerala.#SavingLives#KeralaFloodspic.twitter.com/tQYXf7KWxO- Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) August 21, 2018
People returning to flood-battered homes in Kerala from relief camps have found them being invaded by snakes, other reptiles and insects.
The Communist Party of India today said and the centre's assistance of Rs 500 crore to flood-battered Kerala was "too little", and Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have been "more generous" towards the state.
I also salute the spirit of people of Kerala and applaud the efforts of Govt. of India & Govt. Of Kerala during the biggest catastrophe in the history of Kerala. Long live Kerala - "Gods Own Country".- Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) August 21, 2018
#KeralaFloods#OpMadad#KeralaFloods2018#KeralaFloodRelief A team of 4 sailors deployed at Pizhala island for last 12 days hv rescued 1459 people so far from Pizhala/Kothad/ Moolamvelli/Chennur Is/ Cheriumthururh Is/ Periumthuruth Is&- SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) August 21, 2018
Kadamkuddi island. Well Done (file pic) pic.twitter.com/OTwY5G4dXE
#Update#Keralafloods2018 #IndianArmy Medical teams has provided medical aid to more than 746 personnel. Medical teams moved from Trivendrum & Secunderabad. Befitting their motto SARVE SANTU NIRAMAYA medical teams working tirelessly to provide relief #OpMadad#KeralaFloodReliefpic.twitter.com/mTB9coPcA7- ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 21, 2018
It has been a merciless monsoon for Kerala. The torrential rain over the last two weeks took nearly 200 lives, rendered lakhs homeless and sleepless. The floods have caused colossal damage to the picturesque coastal state which depends massively on tourism. The infrastructure has suffered multiple fractures."
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Kerala flood: The scale of devastation after Kerala's worst floods in a century is emerging as families return to their homes after days in relief camps. Suresh John and his family left their two-storey house in Chalakudi when the floodwaters rose 10 feet, almost submerging the building. They were forced to leave the dog."
Kerala Floods: The train services in Kayankulam-Kottayam- Ernakulam and Palakkad-Shoranur-Kozhikkode sections have been resumed."