Heavy rain in Kerala has left over 69 tourists, including 20 foreigners, stranded at a resort in Munnar
Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan Pinarayi today visited flood-hit districts as heavy rain killed 37 people across the state. He announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh compensation for people who lost their land and Rs 4 lakh for families of those killed. Kerala has been hit by heavy rain and landslides since Wednesday and the situation came to a head after the shutters of one of the dams of the Idukki reservoir had to be opened to control the rising water level which came dangerously close to full-capacity. The shutters of Cheruthoni dam in the reservoir were opened for the first time in 26 years, on Thursday following which a fourth red alert was issued for the Idukki reservoir.
More than 15,600 people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up across the state. The army, navy, air force, coast guard, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been carrying out evacuation and relief operations across flood-hit districts. According to Union Minister KJ Alphons, Kerala is experiencing the heaviest rainfall in 50 years.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and offered all possible assistance to those affected.
"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinrayi Vijayan and discussed the prevailing flood situation in the state. I have assured all possible assistance from the Centre to the state government. The relief and rescue ops are going on. MHA is closely monitoring the flood situation," the home minister said in a tweet. Mr Singh is also scheduled to undertake an aerial survey of the state's flood-affected areas tomorrow.
Here are the LIVE updates of the Kerala floods:
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Number of dead rises to 37
Visuals from a relief camp in Panamaram in Kerala's Wayanad district
3 Children Among 6 People Rescued From A Village In Kerala's Wayanad
A team of National Disaster Response Force rescued 6 people, including 3 children from a village in Mananthavady Taluk in Wayanad district, Kerala
Kerala Chief Minister At Review Meeting In Wayanad
Pinarayi Vijayan meets with top officials in Wayanad to review the situation in flood affected districts of the states
Kerala Leader of Opposition Visited Relief Camp In Aluwa
"The torrential rain and flash floods have wrec(ked) havoc in the state with thousands moved to relief camps. Visiting one of the relief camps in Aluwa," Ramesh Chennithala said in a tweet.
"Provide Sufficient Funds": Rahul Gandhi Writes To PM Modi On Kerala Floods
Kerala Announced Rs 10 Lakh Compensation For People Who Lost Their Land In Floods
Kerala government announced Compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of those killed in floods, and Rs 10 lakh for people who lost their land, according to news agency ANI
Pinarayi Vijayan Contributes ₹1 lakh To The Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund
"Kerala is facing an unprecedented rain havoc. Rebuilding the affected areas is going to be an arduous task. CM has urged all to contribute generously to relief efforts," the Chief Minister's office said in a tweet.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara Extends Support To Kerala
"We are with our brothers and sisters from Kerala in this hour of crisis caused by massive rains. We will extend all possible support from our side to help our neighbours get back to normalcy," G Parameshwara said in a tweet.
Vijayan Pinarayi Meets People Affected By Kerala Floods In Wayanad
Visuals Of Aerial Survey Conducted By Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan And His Team
Woman Commandos Of Kerala Police Deployed Across Flood-Hit Areas
12 newly inducted women commandos of Kerala police, on their first assignment, have been stationed in four flood-affected districts.
"We have been stationed in flood affected areas .been are well trained to handle any situation and are confident. Right now we have been given the duty of crown management " Josnimol K Jose told NDTV
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's helicopter has landed in Wayanad, Kerala. Later, he is scheduled to attend a review meeting at the collectorate, along with Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala.
Bad weather at the decided landing spot near Kattappana in Idukki has forced Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's team to abandon landing. Now the team is heading towards Wayanad, according a statement by the Chief Minister's Office.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's Aerial Survey Of Flood-Affected Areas
Mr Vijayan, along with Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala will be visiting relief camps and attend a review meeting in Wayanad.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi Calls On Party Workers To "Help Those In Need"
"Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property & forcing thousands to abandon their homes. I urge each and every Congress worker in Kerala to step up & help those in need. My prayers & thoughts are with the people of Kerala in this difficult time," Mr Gandhi said on Twitter.
Visuals from flooded Panamaram village in Wayanad.
Chief Minister Of Kerala and Opposition Leader are to make an aerial sortie across worst affected districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuzham, Kozhikode.
State government has issued a red alert for worst affected states.
Wayanad till August 14, Idukki till August 13, and for Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad till August 11.
Around 30,000 people have been moved to relief camps across Kerala.
Number of dead due to flooding and landslides following heavy and incessant rains in the state rises to 29.