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Kerala Weather Updates: No Micromanagement Of Airfares For Flights To Kerala, Clarifies Centre

Floods in Kerala have forced lakhs of people into relief camps. Daily surveys are being carried out to check outbreak of diseases and relief efforts are underway.

Kerala Weather Updates: No Micromanagement Of Airfares For Flights To Kerala, Clarifies Centre

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Rain has finally let up in Kerala and a red alert was withdrawn from all districts of the state on Sunday.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: 

Aug 20, 2018 22:57 (IST)
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 
Aug 20, 2018 21:27 (IST)
One million people have taken refuge in Kerala relief camps: Chief Minister 
Aug 20, 2018 21:24 (IST)
India Stands With Kerala: Piyush Goyal
Aug 20, 2018 21:18 (IST)
Districts in North Kerala are better off, an army spokesperson told NDTV. 
Aug 20, 2018 20:07 (IST)
Around 30,000 people have been rescued from the flood-hit state, defence ministry said today. 
Aug 20, 2018 19:25 (IST)
Supreme Court judges have decided to contribute Rs 25,000 each for the Kerala floods. 
Aug 20, 2018 18:24 (IST)
The floods in Kerala, worst in nearly a century, have not been declared a national disaster by the centre. 
Aug 20, 2018 18:00 (IST)
Aviation regulator DGCA is monitoring fares. Domestic airlines asked to carry cargo free of cost to Kerala: Suresh Prabhu told PTI
Aug 20, 2018 17:58 (IST)
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.
Aug 20, 2018 17:05 (IST)
 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. 
Aug 20, 2018 17:03 (IST)
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. 
Aug 20, 2018 17:01 (IST)
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. 

Aug 20, 2018 14:24 (IST)
Aug 20, 2018 14:05 (IST)
Kerala Flood: School Certificates Ruined In Flood, Kerala Teen Allegedly Hanged Himself In Kozhikode
Heartbroken on finding his Class 12 certificates destroyed in the devastation caused by the deadly monsoon in Kerala, a 19-year-old boy, committed suicide, police said today."
Aug 20, 2018 13:50 (IST)
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

Aug 20, 2018 13:35 (IST)
In Idukki, ATM services have resumed. Work is in progress to re-establish connectivity and restore communication.
Aug 20, 2018 13:21 (IST)
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has said that all judges the Supreme Court will make contributions towards Kerala chief minister's relief fund 
Aug 20, 2018 13:08 (IST)
Need This To Rebuild Kerala, Not Food And Clothes, Says Union MinisterNeed This To Rebuild Kerala, Not Food And Clothes, Says Union Minister
Need This To Rebuild Kerala, Not Food And Clothes, Says Union Minister | Video | Hundreds have died and several lakhs have been rendered homeless in flood-hit Kerala. Relief teams have been working tirelessly to rescue people and to ensure food, water and medicines reach each and every person in the state. Help has been pouring in from all over the world, but the state "doesn't need food and clothes", according to Union minister KJ Alphons.
Aug 20, 2018 13:07 (IST)
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 
Aug 20, 2018 13:02 (IST)
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

Aug 20, 2018 12:43 (IST)
Commercial Flights Land At Kochi Naval Base, Take Off Packed To Capacity. Read here

Aug 20, 2018 12:39 (IST)
In Kerala, Huge Thanks Painted On Rooftop From Where Pregnant Woman Was Rescued By The Navy
Naval rescue chopper pilot Commodore Vijay Varma and his men got a unique thank you note, days after Sajitha Jabil, was rescued from the rooftop of her house, in Chengamanad near Aluva in Kerala. A huge 'Thanks' was painted on the roof of the house, from where Commodore Varma had rescued Sajitha on August 17.
Aug 20, 2018 12:23 (IST)
Aug 20, 2018 12:21 (IST)
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

Aug 20, 2018 12:03 (IST)
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 

Aug 20, 2018 11:44 (IST)
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 

Aug 20, 2018 11:40 (IST)
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.
Aug 20, 2018 11:28 (IST)
Passengers at INS Garuda Kochi Naval Air Station as commercial flights service begins. The first commercial flight landed early this morning. 

Aug 20, 2018 11:23 (IST)
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
Aug 20, 2018 11:10 (IST)
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
Aug 20, 2018 10:43 (IST)
Special page on Kerala. Visit for updates, stories and details on how and where to donate. #IndiaForKerala 24-Hour Special Programming 

Aug 20, 2018 10:34 (IST)
A Kerala fisherman who crouched in flood waters, offering his back for women to step on and get onto rescue boats, has emerged as the new hero on social media. On Saturday, Jaiswal KP went down on all fours in nearly waist-deep water at a village in Mallapuram, to help rescued women climb onto inflatable boats. Read 
Aug 20, 2018 10:26 (IST)
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.
Aug 20, 2018 10:08 (IST)
55 doctors from JJ Hospital, 26 doctors from Pune's Sassoon hospital and paramedical staff leave for Thiruvananthapuram in two Air India aircrafts

Aug 20, 2018 10:04 (IST)
A Thank You note painted on the roof of a house where the a Naval ALH pilot rescued two women
Aug 20, 2018 09:51 (IST)
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 

Aug 20, 2018 09:38 (IST)
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

Aug 20, 2018 09:30 (IST)
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

Aug 20, 2018 09:18 (IST)
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.  

Aug 20, 2018 09:13 (IST)
Aug 20, 2018 09:02 (IST)
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

Aug 20, 2018 08:59 (IST)
The government of Maharashtra has sent 30 tonnes of relief material and 30 medical teams to Kerala

Aug 20, 2018 08:46 (IST)
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 
Aug 20, 2018 08:41 (IST)
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. 
Aug 20, 2018 08:37 (IST)
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.
Aug 20, 2018 08:33 (IST)
Visuals from inside the plane that landed today At INS Garuda 

Aug 20, 2018 08:30 (IST)
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.