Floods in Kerala: Daily surveys are being carried out to check outbreak of diseases in relief camps.
Rain has finally let up in Kerala and a red alert was withdrawn from all districts of the state on Sunday. The weather office has said that there has been a gradual decrease in rainfall on the state and floodwaters have begun to recede. Relief and rescue operations are on and the first commercial flight has landed at the INS Garuda Kochi Naval Air Station. In spite of the signs of improvement in Kerala weather, thousands of people are still feared trapped and there have been reports of diseases in relief camps, although there is no major outbreak. Three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram, have been isolated as a precaution and daily surveys are being carried out to check any outbreaks.
The government on Sunday told the National Crisis Management Committee that the Kerala flood situation was gradually improving.
Here are the updates on Kerala floods:
223 people lost their lives between August 8-20. Six people died today. Centre said they'll make all necessary requirements available to us but in today's situation what is most needed is the necessary help, equivalent to the total damages caused so far: Kerala Chief Minister
One million people have taken refuge in Kerala relief camps: Chief Minister
India Stands With Kerala: Piyush Goyal
Districts in North Kerala are better off, an army spokesperson told NDTV.
Around 30,000 people have been rescued from the flood-hit state, defence ministry said today.
Supreme Court judges have decided to contribute Rs 25,000 each for the Kerala floods.
The floods in Kerala, worst in nearly a century, have not been declared a national disaster by the centre.
Aviation regulator DGCA is monitoring fares. Domestic airlines asked to carry cargo free of cost to Kerala: Suresh Prabhu told PTI
Baba Ramdev Praises Security Forces For Rescue Operations
"It is inspiring to see the way our security forces have worked tirelessly in the flood-affected areas. We all are immensely proud of our security forces that even in an unpleasant situation like this, they never failed to respond to those who are affected," Baba Ramdev told ANI.
The Gujarat-based National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) today said it will dispatch relief materials worth Rs 2 crore comprising over 10 lakh packs of ready-to-drink milk, 500 tonnes of cattle feed and veterinary medicines to flood-hit Kerala, news agency PTI reported.
Assam Donates Rs 3 Crore To Kerala
Assam has donated Rs 3 crore to the flood-hit state. "Seeing the deluge and the sufferings of the people of Kerala, the soreness of the people of Majuli, the largest river island, comes to my mind and I pledge to share the sufferings of my brother and sisters in Kerala as I do with the brothers and sisters back home in Assam," Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
To Help Kerala, Chattisgarh Sends 2,500 Tonnes Of Rice
Chhattisgarh has sent 2,500 tonnes of rice for the people of flood-hit Kerala in a special train, which departed from the state on Sunday. The train will likely to reach the southern state in the next three days covering a distance of 2,100 kms, officials said today, news agency PTI reported.
One huge challenge for people in Kerala is going to be rebuilding their lives after the disaster. The pictures piece together the story of a family returning home, only to find their belongings destroyed
In Idukki, ATM services have resumed. Work is in progress to re-establish connectivity and restore communication.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has said that all judges the Supreme Court will make contributions towards Kerala chief minister's relief fund
Since operations at Cochin International Airport have been temporarily suspended up to 26th Aug 14:00, we've extended the waiver on penalties for date change up to 15th Sept on all confirmed tickets to & from Kochi till 26th Aug: Jet Airways on Twitter
Union Minister of Health JP Nadda said 3757 medical camps had been setup in Kerala. 90 different medicines were required and first installment has reached. He added that an advisory had been issued for daily monitoring and surveillance. Quick response medical teams to start work as soon as water recedes
Commercial Flights Land At Kochi Naval Base, Take Off Packed To Capacity. Read here
Contact officers coordinating different aspects of food relief (NDMA on Twitter)
Medicines & health personnel- Rajeev Sadanandan ACS +91 98688 29495
Health control room 1800 1231 454
Food supplies-Kamal Rao Pr.Secy +918129203333
Non-food items-Biswanath Pr.Secy +9172900 02121
Sewa International, an Indian non-profit organisation in America, has raised over $10,000 for the flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala. Over 5,000 Sewa volunteers have fanned out distributing food packets and cooking kits, and are opening free kitchens and medical camps to help the flood affected. Read Story
The following trains are running as per regular schedule:
Nizamuddin- Ernakulam Mangala Lakshadweep Express
Mangalore-Nagercoil Parasuram Express
Jamnagar-Tirunelveli Express and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus -Thiruvananthapuram Netravathi Express from Shoranur junction
There has been no rain in central Kerala's Thrissur in the last 24 hours. People displaced by the floods have started returning homes. Relief agencies in Thrissur say they need more antiseptic soaps and disinfectants. Food packets and medicines are being dropped from helicopters.
Passengers at INS Garuda Kochi Naval Air Station as commercial flights service begins. The first commercial flight landed early this morning.
Called a review meeting, with the Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha on Kerala Floods with senior officials of Rajya Sabha and Vice President Secretariat and decided to donate a month's salary for relief measures: Venkaiah Naidu on Twitter
There'll be no electricity in homes. Carpentry, plumbing would be gone. We need hundreds of thousands of electricians, plumbers, carpenatrs to rush to Kerala. We don't need clothes and food. People with technical capabilities are required to put life back into Kerala: KJ Alphons as quoted by ANI
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that the government would honour fishing workers who were part of the rescue mission. All boats will be granted ₹3000 for each day of their work. Government will also bear the repairing costs of boats damaged during the mission.
55 doctors from JJ Hospital, 26 doctors from Pune's Sassoon hospital and paramedical staff leave for Thiruvananthapuram in two Air India aircrafts
A Thank You note painted on the roof of a house where the a Naval ALH pilot rescued two women
Floodwaters in Kerala may have begun to recede but the situation in relief camps is far from hopeful. No electricity, no mat to sleep on -- people at a relief camp in rural Ernakulum say their living condition is difficult indeed. The camp at Aluva's UC College is just one of the 3,000 across Kerala where more than 6 lakh people have found shelter. Read
A doctor couple came to the aid of evacuees being brought to the camp in Kerala's Aluva, one of the worst affected in the state.
"The first two days thousands of people were being brought in. Entire Aluva was completely cut off from the rest of world due to severe flooding. In the beginning, we somehow managed to send two patients to another hospital. But later I realised it was impossible to do so with everyone. So we both took it up, but it was extremely tough. Later more doctors joined us. I could sleep for only 2-3 hours for the first three days that I was here." 57-year old Dr Najeeb told NDTV
Floodwater has started receding in some areas of Kerala but there is a lack of clean drinking water and diseases due to mosquito infestation, especially in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram
The Western Naval Command on Sunday sailed Indian Naval Ship (INS) Mysore with relief material to provide assistance to the flood-hit state. On the night of August 19, the ship carried about 70 tonnes of relief material which includes bottled water, ready to eat meals, fresh ration, milk, biscuits, medicines, essential toiletries, phenyl, gash bags, bleaching powder, and candles.
National Disaster Management Authority's updates on Kerala relief:
2 x BSF boats from Vizag to Thiruvananthapuram (will reach today)
60T medicines from Hindon to Thiruvananthapuram 70 doctors & 30 personnel with medicines from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram
100T food packets from Jalandhar to Thiruvananthapuram (two shuttles planned depending on time available)
Airlift operations planned for 20 Aug* Balance approx 35T food packets from Halwara to Thiruvananthapuram
The government of Maharashtra has sent 30 tonnes of relief material and 30 medical teams to Kerala
The Indian Commercial Pilots' Association told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that they were willing to fly to flood-hit Kerala without taking any money. Read Here
The first flight, which landed at Kochi, has been booked full on its return leg. The 70-seater passenger plane being operated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of the state-run carrier Air India, is flying between Bengaluru and the Kochi naval base, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted on Sunday.
As Kerala Fights Back Floods, Flights Begin At Kochi Navy Base: 10 Facts
Commercial flight operations to flood-hit Kochi resumed today after the Navy activated its airstrips to accommodate small passenger aircraft. The first flight -- an Alliance Air ATR plane -- landed early this morning at INS Garuda naval air station. The main Kochi airport will remain closed till August 26 as water is yet to recede from the facility, the country's seventh-busiest.
Visuals from inside the plane that landed today At INS Garuda
Commercial flight operations to Kochi resumed today. The first flight -- an Alliance Air ATR plane -- landed early this morning at INS Garuda naval air station. The main Kochi airport will remain closed till August 26 as water is yet to recede.