Kerala floods LIVE: Rahul Gandhi meets flood-affected people in Chengannur

Indian Navy supplies Food and materials to the flood affected people of Chengannur district of the Kerala, on Wednesday August 22, 2018.
Kerala floods: With water starting to recede in some of the flooded parts of Kerala, restoration process has been expedited in the state.

The Chief Minister Officer (CMO) in Kerala on Saturday tweeted that at least 1, 31, 683 houses wrecked in the floods have been cleaned, which is 31 per cent of the total flood-hit houses.

It also added, "Electricity restored for 2.3 million connections of the 2.5 million disrupted. 14,314 transformers (out of 16158 affected) are now functioning."

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday gave details saying, "Rs.10,000 will be transferred to the bank accounts of people who will leave relief camps and also to the people who have already left."

The Central Government has provided Rs.6 billion as advance assistance. 

Out of a total population of about 34.8 million, more than 5.4 million or one-sixth of the population of Kerala, had been directly affected by the floods.

As many as 357 people have lost their lives so far, with the state facing a loss of Rs 195.12 billion and over 10,00,000 people are packed into relief camps.

On Thursday, the Centre announced that additional funds would be released from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) on assessment of the damages in the flood-hit state as per laid down procedure. 

 
That states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, and several others have extended help to the state. Celebrities from various fields too offered aid in the wake of the situation.


2:02 PM IST Days after floods ravaged Kerala, leaving a massive trail of destruction, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today visited relief camps in Chengannur and heard the woes of the people.   Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the state, arrived in Thiruvananthapuram this morning from abroad. He then took a helicopter to Chengannur in Alappuzha district. Congress President Rahul Gandhi made way for an air ambulance to take off in Kerala's Chengannur, today. He is on a two-day tour to the flood affected areas in Kerala. pic.twitter.com/I3j1RBGwBx — ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2018

3:40 AM IST Flight operations from Cochin airport to resume on August 29 Flight operations from the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) airport, which suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 2.2 billion due to floods, will resume on August 29.   The airport, among the busiest in the country, had been rendered non-functional since August 14 due to flooding and torrential rains.   "CIAL is all set to commence full-scale operations (both international and domestic) at 2 PM on August 29," a CIAL spokesperson said here in a statement.

3:35 AM IST Kerala floods: CBSE to provide digital certificates to students The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday announced to provide digital mark sheets, migration certificates and pass certificates to the students from CBSE affiliated schools in Kerala as they might have lost them in the recent floods.   "Over 1,300 schools are affiliated to the CBSE in Kerala. Board exam academic documents are crucial for admission for higher studies and employment etc. CBSE, in technical collaboration with NeGD, developed its own and first of its kind digital academic repository called 'Parinam Manjusha'," read a statement from CBSE.   This academic repository has been integrated with DigiLocker - a service operated by the government that enables citizens to store certain official documents on the cloud.

9:06 AM IST CM Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the ongoing relief efforts. At present, there are 4,62,456 people in 1435 camps. The total death count from the rain havoc between August 8th and 26th is 302. #KeralaFloods — CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 26, 2018

9:05 AM IST Slaughtering cows against Hindu community's feelings. One shouldn't hurt other religions' feelings.See what happened to Kerala,they openly slaughtered cows&in less than 1 yr came to this stage. Whoever hurts Hindu community's feelings will be punished this way:BP Yatnal,BJP(25.8) pic.twitter.com/GuN8njnY6i — ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2018

9:01 AM IST Kerala to launch app to evaluate damage caused by flood   Kerala will soon launch a mobile application to estimate the damages that were caused by the devastating floods in the state and will accordingly compensate individuals, the District Magistrate of Ernakulam said.   Speaking to ANI, Mohammed Y. Safirulla said, "There is a planned structure that will evaluate the losses faced by all families. It will be completely transparent. The data will be shared with the public. Even independent bodies can access that data so that they can help individuals or specific areas."  

8:59 AM IST Kerala CM urges Malayalis to donate one month salary In a Facebook post, Vijayan said, "We can overcome any hurdle if Malayalis across the world stand united. Money will not be a hurdle for rebuilding Kerala. Let Malayalis across the world contribute their one month's salary for rebuilding the state. We should think about this."   "Everyone won't be able to give their one month's salary together. You can give it in ten month's time. The non-resident Malayalis should try to ensure the support of those who are with them," he added.   There are still 4.62 lakh people in 1,435 relief camps. At least three lakh houses have been cleaned so far.

8:58 AM IST Rahul Gandhi to visit flood-hit Kerala tomorrow   Rahul will reach the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram on August 28 following which he will visit the flood-affected areas of Chengannur, Alappuzha and Angamaly.   On the second day of his visit, the Congress chief is scheduled to visit Wayanad district.

2:44 AM IST Flood-ravaged Kerala's wait for full central aid package could be long Flood-ravaged Kerala may have to wait a few months to get the complete financial aid package from the Centre as the process of assessing the extent of damage and fund release is time-consuming, officials said.   After the initial release of funds, the Central government follows certain rules and guidelines before awarding the final aid to any state for a natural calamity, said a home ministry official, privy to such circumstances. The Centre has so far released Rs 6 billion for Kerala, which witnessed its worst flood in a century. The death toll in Kerala floods has touched 293 since August 8 while 15 people are still missing. Read more...

2:42 AM IST GST Council yet to receive formal cess proposal from flood-hit Kerala The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council is yet to get a formal proposal from the government of Kerala for a cess to fund post-flood rehabilitation.  Thomas Isaac, the state’s finance minister, had said he would be doing so, with a request for permission to levy one on the State GST (SGST). The latter, he had argued, was purely an intra-state tax and so, “there is no logic in denying (such a request). We want to have a 10 per cent cess on SGST, which I think will get us some Rs 10 billion", he had said. On how the Council would respond, Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi said if this was legally possible under the GST Act or rules, they would okay this, for a limited period.  Read more

8:03 PM IST More people leave relief camps, cleaning in high gear More and more people on Sunday quit various relief camps in flood-battered Kerala and returned to tidy up their once submerged homes.   Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 1,435 relief shelters were still operating, housing a total of 462,456 people, down from 6,05,000 people in 1,822 camps on Saturday.

8:02 PM IST Aid given is advance, more to follow : PM tells Kerala Governor Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Kerala Governor P Sathasivam that the flood ravaged state would get more central funds from the National Disaster Response Fund as per laid down procedure. Read more...

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Days after floods ravaged Kerala, leaving a massive trail of destruction, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today visited relief camps in Chengannur and heard the woes of the people.
 
Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the state, arrived in Thiruvananthapuram this morning from abroad. He then took a helicopter to Chengannur in Alappuzha district.

Flight operations from Cochin airport to resume on August 29

Flight operations from the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) airport, which suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 2.2 billion due to floods, will resume on August 29.
 
The airport, among the busiest in the country, had been rendered non-functional since August 14 due to flooding and torrential rains.
 
"CIAL is all set to commence full-scale operations (both international and domestic) at 2 PM on August 29," a CIAL spokesperson said here in a statement.
Kerala floods: CBSE to provide digital certificates to students

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday announced to provide digital mark sheets, migration certificates and pass certificates to the students from CBSE affiliated schools in Kerala as they might have lost them in the recent floods.
 
"Over 1,300 schools are affiliated to the CBSE in Kerala. Board exam academic documents are crucial for admission for higher studies and employment etc. CBSE, in technical collaboration with NeGD, developed its own and first of its kind digital academic repository called 'Parinam Manjusha'," read a statement from CBSE.
 
This academic repository has been integrated with DigiLocker - a service operated by the government that enables citizens to store certain official documents on the cloud.
 
Kerala will soon launch a mobile application to estimate the damages that were caused by the devastating floods in the state and will accordingly compensate individuals, the District Magistrate of Ernakulam said.
 
Speaking to ANI, Mohammed Y. Safirulla said, "There is a planned structure that will evaluate the losses faced by all families. It will be completely transparent. The data will be shared with the public. Even independent bodies can access that data so that they can help individuals or specific areas."
 
Kerala CM urges Malayalis to donate one month salary

In a Facebook post, Vijayan said, "We can overcome any hurdle if Malayalis across the world stand united. Money will not be a hurdle for rebuilding Kerala. Let Malayalis across the world contribute their one month's salary for rebuilding the state. We should think about this."
 
"Everyone won't be able to give their one month's salary together. You can give it in ten month's time. The non-resident Malayalis should try to ensure the support of those who are with them," he added.
 
There are still 4.62 lakh people in 1,435 relief camps. At least three lakh houses have been cleaned so far.
 
Rahul will reach the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram on August 28 following which he will visit the flood-affected areas of Chengannur, Alappuzha and Angamaly.
 
On the second day of his visit, the Congress chief is scheduled to visit Wayanad district.
Flood-ravaged Kerala's wait for full central aid package could be long

Flood-ravaged Kerala may have to wait a few months to get the complete financial aid package from the Centre as the process of assessing the extent of damage and fund release is time-consuming, officials said.
 
After the initial release of funds, the Central government follows certain rules and guidelines before awarding the final aid to any state for a natural calamity, said a home ministry official, privy to such circumstances. The Centre has so far released Rs 6 billion for Kerala, which witnessed its worst flood in a century. The death toll in Kerala floods has touched 293 since August 8 while 15 people are still missing. Read more...
GST Council yet to receive formal cess proposal from flood-hit Kerala

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council is yet to get a formal proposal from the government of Kerala for a cess to fund post-flood rehabilitation. 

Thomas Isaac, the state’s finance minister, had said he would be doing so, with a request for permission to levy one on the State GST (SGST). The latter, he had argued, was purely an intra-state tax and so, “there is no logic in denying (such a request). We want to have a 10 per cent cess on SGST, which I think will get us some Rs 10 billion", he had said.

On how the Council would respond, Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi said if this was legally possible under the GST Act or rules, they would okay this, for a limited period.  Read more
More people leave relief camps, cleaning in high gear

More and more people on Sunday quit various relief camps in flood-battered Kerala and returned to tidy up their once submerged homes.
 
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 1,435 relief shelters were still operating, housing a total of 462,456 people, down from 6,05,000 people in 1,822 camps on Saturday.
Aid given is advance, more to follow : PM tells Kerala Governor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Kerala Governor P Sathasivam that the flood ravaged state would get more central funds from the National Disaster Response Fund as per laid down procedure.

Read more...
 
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy urged the BJP-led Centre on Sunday to refrain from putting obstacles in the way of foreign government aid coming to Kerala, ravaged by the most devastating floods in nearly a century.
 
 
Mahatma Gandhi, through a series of articles in his publications 'Young India' and 'Navajivan', had urged people of the country to generously contribute for the relief of the flood-hit' Malabar' (Kerala)
 
He said, "A sister has donated her four bracelets and a chain of pure gold. Another sister has given her heavy necklace. A child has parted with his gold trinket and a sister with her silver anklets."

 
 
Flood-ravaged Kerala may have to wait a few months to get the complete financial aid package from the Centre as the process of assessing the extent of damage and fund release is time-consuming, officials said.
 
After the initial release of funds, the central government follows certain rules and guidelines before awarding the final aid to any state for a natural calamity, a Home Ministry official, privy to such circumstances, said.

Nation stands in solidarity with flood-hit Kerala, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed solidarity with Kerala and said that people from all walks of life across the country have come in support of those whose lives were devastated in the massive floods.
 
"In today's pressing, hard times, the entire nation is with Kerala. Our sympathies are with those families who lost their loved ones. Loss of lives cannot be compensated, but I assure the grief-stricken families that in this moment of suffering and misery, 125 crore Indians stand by them," Modi said in his monthly "Mann Ki Baat" programme.
 
Flood-ravaged Kerala, for which tourism is the mainstay of its economy, is staring at 4 to 5 per cent decline in footfalls if the sector does not pick up from October, a senior tourism official has said.
 
The busiest airport in Kochi has been shut since August 16 and is expected to resume operations only from August 29.
Experts raise questions on preventive steps, dam management; writes Gireesh Babu
 
Since many of the dams are inter-connected, experts believe that mismanaging just one of them can cause a disproportionate ripple effect
 
Does Kerala need an early warning system for its dams? A protocol for emptying the reservoirs before the monsoon perhaps? What about a drainage and canal master plan for the cities? 
 
 
Meet M A Yusuff Ali, tycoon who sparked talk of UAE's aid; writes Shine Jacob
 
For many, he is the Dhirubhai Ambani of #Kerala. For others, he is the most influential Indian in West Asia. 
 
Did he get the Rs 7-billion pledge from the UAE Crown Prince?

 
Binoy Viswam, Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala, on Saturday approached the Supreme Court seeking direction to Centre to allow or accept funds from foreign governments and international organisation as assistance for Kerala Floods.
 
Denial of foreign funds towards the flood relief would result in violation of Article 21 (right to life) of the people of Kerala, he said.
 
Onam is celebrated with great pomp across the state, but this time around festivities are the last thing on people's minds as they come to grip with the devastation.
 
The usual celebrations like "pookolam" (floral carpets) and preparing feasts were missing in many rain-affected areas while comparatively subdued elsewhere.



 

 
With water starting to recede in some of the flooded parts of Kerala, restoration process has been expedited in the state.
 
The Chief Minister Officer (CMO) in Kerala on Saturday tweeted that at least 1, 31, 683 houses wrecked in the floods have been cleaned, which is 31% of the total flood-hit houses.
 
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said "Rs 10,000 will be transferred to the bank accounts of people who will leave relief camps and also to the people who have already left," according to ANI.
 
Tamil Nadu government yesterday despatched one lakh litres of 'Amma' brand of bottled drinking water to flood-hit Kerala from Coimbatore 
 
A total of 42 types of relief materials, including rice, grains, medicines and essentials worth Rs 4 crore was also sent
 
In order to ensure the availability of services in the state, the company has activated technical teams across all operational authorised and exclusive service centres in Kerala
CRPF personnel carry out relief operations in flood-hit Kerala

After carrying out extensive relief operations in rain hit areas of Kannur district, personnel of CRPF have shifted their focus to rehabilitating the flood affected people in some parts of Thrissur district.
 
A top CRPF official said a base camp has been established at Kerala Police Academy in Thrissur on August 22 and liaised with district administration for effective rehabilitation work.
 
To begin with more than 300 personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) joined hands with people of Mala Grama Panchayat in cleaning various schools, colleges, government buildings and badly damaged houses owing to land slides and accumulation of sludge, etc carried by flood waters, he said.
On Onam, PM Modi says nation stands with Kerala
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed hope that the festival of Onam will give new strength to the people of Kerala to overcome the advertises in the aftermath of the floods.
 
He said the country is behind the people of the state.


265 dead in Kerala floods since August 8, 36 still missing

The death toll in Kerala floods has touched 265 since August 8 while 36 people are still missing, the latest government figures show, even as the state prepares to mount a massive rehabilitation process for the displaced.
 
The hilly district of Idukki, housing the largest arch dam in Asia from which waters were released for the first time in 26 years, has been hit the hardest -- 51 deaths and 10 still missing, as per the latest figures released by the Disaster Management State Control Room.
Dubai-based Emirates to carry 175 tonnes of relief cargo
 
Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo will carry flood relief cargo of more than 175 tonnes to the southern Indian state of Kerala, which is reeling under the flood fury from the past couple of weeks.
 
The airline company is expected to send over more than a dozen flights to transport the relief goods, which have been donated by scores of organisations and UAE-based businesses, to Thiruvananthapuram--- the nearest online Emirates station to the areas which are most affected by the heavy downpour and flooding.
Tourism industry estimates losses worth Rs 20 bn due to Kerala floods
 
The tourism industry in Kerala is estimating losses worth Rs 20 billion due to the floods which include Rs 15 billion as the opportunity lost during the last two months and another two to three months.
 
Sabarimala, one of the major pilgrim centres in South India, has seen a loss of around Rs 1 billion and is expecting the situation to remain bleak during this pilgrimage season if at least a bridge is not built for the pilgrims to travel to the Lord Ayyappa Temple. The government has said that it would hand over the task of building two bailey bridges at Pamba to the Indian Army and which will be ready before the upcoming season.
Apple donates Rs 70 million for Kerala's flood victims
 
Heartbroken by the catastrophic flooding in Kerala, US tech giant Apple on Saturday announced to donate Rs 70 million towards the ongoing relief work.
 
"We're heartbroken by the catastrophic flooding in Kerala. Apple is donating Rs 70 million to support the life saving work Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund are undertaking to support survivors, help those who have been displaced and rebuild homes and schools," the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said in a statement.
869,000 still in relief camps

With water receding and more people returning home from relief camps, the Kerala government today made a strong pitch for assistance and expresed hope that the Centre would accept the UAE aid "offer" of Rs 7 billion.
 
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state was facing the biggest calamity in 100 years and preliminary estimate of losses comes around Rs 20 billion.
No aid finalised officially for Kerala flood relief: UAE officials
 
UAE ambassador Ahmed Albannam, without mentioning financial aid, said his government only set up a national emergency committee to provide relief assistance to people affected by flash floods in Kerala.
 
"The UAE has not officially announced any financial aid for Kerala flood relief. We have not conveyed anything to India on any assistance," said a senior official in the UAE embassy.
Railway recruitment test for Kerala candidates to be held on Sept 4

The railways' computer-based exams which were postponed in Kerala in the wake of the devastating floods have been rescheduled for September 4, a senior official said on Friday.
 
Around 30,000 candidates who had been unable to appear in the exam will now be able to do so, the railways has said.

Click here to read more
 
With more than a million people displaced by flooding in Kerala, Britain-based charity Christian Aid on Friday warned that more devastating floods in India will become the norm if nothing is done to tackle climate change.
 
Simultaneously, it plans to support 10,000 people in each of the flood-hit Wayanad and Idukki districts.
 
To Read more, click HERE
 
India Cements Ltd today said its team is covering 12 districts across flood-hit Kerala to take up relief and rehabilitation measures in the state.
 
A team, led by vice-president (marketing) of the company Anilkumar, mobilised relief materials such as food, water, candles, clothes, medicines from different parts of Tamil Nadu for the affected people in the neighbouring state, a spokesman of India Cements said.
 
CMDRF has announced a special lottery to raise additional relief funds for the flood-ravaged state, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said here on Friday.
 
Issac told the media that the cost of a ticket would be Rs 250 with the draw on October 3, with the entire proceeds of the lottery going towards the CMDRF.
'There will be no Onam': Keralites who lost everything stare at uncertainty; writes Gireesh Babu 
 
The main day of this year's Onam falls on Saturday. Though devastated by floods, Keralites will put on their happy faces to welcome King Mahabali, the mythical, righteous king who must have watched from netherworld the sufferings of his people and now 'comes to visit them'.
 

 
SC made it clear that it would confine itself to the aspect of disaster management and said the decision to lower the water limit in the dam has been taken in view of the devastating deluge in Kerala
Kerala BJP says UAE didn't announce financial aid

The Kerala unit of the BJP on Friday said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) did not announce financial aid of $100 million for the flood-ravaged state.
 
It demanded that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reveal the source who told him about the assistance.
No, thank you: Today's BS Edit says that Centre is justified in not accepting UAE aid for Kerala. Consider this: Could Pakistan help out J&K govt without New Delhi being involved?
 
Allowing state govts to form their own bilateral aid and  ties is tantamount to allowing them to conduct an independent foreign policy
 

 

Flood that became a lore: Kerala evokes memories of massive losses in 1924; writes Sachin P Mampatta 
 
Historians claim, in 1924, the hills came down to the valleys in Munnar, Kerala. After the floods this year, the situation is not too different. 
 
 
The two accused, S Thomas and M P Dinesh, were stopped by residents at a relief camp Panamaram village while they were loading the relief materials into a vehicle.
 
Thomas and Dinesh said that they were moving the materials to another camp in the village. But the residents called the police and upon interrogation it was found that they lied.
 
Meanwhile, a similar incident was also reported from Chengannur where the accused was a temporary govt official.
Kerala bishop dies after falling out from a moving train 

80-year-old Thomas Mar Athanasios, head of the Chengannur Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, was standing near a door in the train when the incident took place at around 5.45 am in Pulepedi.
 
The door then suddenly sclosed and the Bishop fell out of the train.

Sinna Durai, a disabled man from Pathanamthitta's Othera, saved a couple's life who was stuck in flood, says,"I heard them cry for help, at which I arranged a makeshift raft and assisted them to move to an elevated platform," reported ANI.

 
 
 

IAF airlifts relief material

Indian Air Force at Nagpur yesterday airlifted relief material for flood-hit Kerala. 
 
Even citizens of Nagpur have come forward to contribute relief material. The vendors who supplied the utility materials also extended considerable discounts on the purchases made for relief material
 
Kerala floods: Rs 600 crore only advance aid, clarifies Centre

The Centre yesterday clarified that Rs 600 crore released for tackling the flood situation in Kerala was only an advance assistance, and additional funds would be released from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) on assessment of the damages in the flood-hit state as per laid down procedure.
 Malayalam film industry hit hard by Kerala floods; many theatres damaged

A meeting of film producers, distributors and theatre owners with the office bearers of the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce held here today decided to re-arrange the dates for releasing at least 10 films scheduled durinoffice-bearersl.




Sudden release of water from Mullaperiyar by TN led to floods: Kerala to SC

The Kerala government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the sudden release of water from the Mullaperiyar dam by the Tamil Nadu government was one of the reasons for the massive floods in the state.
 
In an affidavit filed by the Chief Secretary, the Kerala government said that as the water level crossed 137 feet at Mullaperiyar Dam, authorities in Kerala decided to evacuate on a war footing people who lived in the dam's downstream.
HRD Minister Javadekar donates a month's salary for Kerala relief

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday pledged to donate a month's salary towards the relief efforts in flood-ravaged Kerala and urged ministry and university employees also to contribute at least a day's salary.


Kerala shifts focus to epidemic control

Floods in Kerala pose a great challenge to the state health authorities as they struggle to check a possible outbreak of epidemics, a problem associated with the deluge, official sources said on Thursday.
 
Health department officials said post-floods their focus has shifted to ensuring medical attention for the injured and the people living in shelter camps, cleaning of houses and wells, distribution of medicines and cleaning materials to the affected people.
Delhi HC judges to contribute for Kerala floods

Delhi High Court judges have decided to contribute for flood relief in Kerala, it was announced on Thursday.
 
Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and other judges will contribute to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund for the rehabilitation of those hit by the floods, a statement said.
Kerala flood may lead to 20% cut in India's coffee output: Trade body

India's coffee production in 2018/19 is likely to fall by at least one-fifth from a year ago as floods in key producing states damaged the crop and delayed exports, industry officials told Reuters.
 
Some of the worst flooding in India in a century killed hundreds of people in the southern states of Kerala and Karnataka earlier this month, both of which account for more than 90 per cent of the country's total coffee production. Click here to read more
Can accept foreign government aid, says 2016 disaster management plan

India may not have accepted the UAE government's offer of Rs 7 billion financial aid to flood-devastated Kerala but according to the National Disaster Management Plan of 2016 if the national government of another country offers assistance as a goodwill gesture to disaster victims, the central government may accept it.
 
"As a matter of policy, the government of India does not issue any appeal for foreign assistance in the wake of a disaster. However, if the national government of another country voluntarily offers assistance as a goodwill gesture in solidarity with the disaster victims, the central government may accept the offer," says the Plan drafted by the National Disaster Management Authority, IANS reported.
Donate Rs 26 bn to Kerala if you want to reject UAE's offer: CPI to Centre

If the Centre wants to reject the Rs 7-billion offer of the UAE to Kerala for flood relief operations, it should give a Rs 26 billion interim assistance as sought by the southern state, the Communist Party of India (CPI) said on Thursday.
 
Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, the national general secretary of the CPI -- the second biggest constituent in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala -- also accused the Centre of "standing on false prestige" on the issue of foreign aid at times of natural disasters. Click here to read more.
Govt inherited policy of refusing foreign aid, says Alphons Kannanthanam

In refusing foreign aid for the rehabilitation of flood-hit Kerala, the Centre has followed a 14-year convention it "inherited" from previous governments of refusing such assistance in the face of natural calamities, Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam said on Thursday.
 
The government is under fire for refusing aid for Kerala from countries like the UAE and Thailand. Alphons said this was a policy that was followed by the current government since former prime minister Manmohan Singh had refused aid from foreign countries in 2004 during the devastating Tsunami.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan visits relief camps, hears to woes of those affected

With 1.3 million people put up in relief camps after the devastating floods that ravaged Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday spent time with many of them, hearing to their problems and assured all help.
 
Vijayan took the helicopter to visit the relief camps in Chengannur, Kozhencherry, Alappuzha, North Paravoor and Chalakudy, covering three districts.
 
"There is no need for any anxiety, government will provide funds to rebuild homes," Vijayan told the people in the camps, many of them unable to hold back tears.
Goa offers financial aid of Rs 50 million
 
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday sanctioned a financial aid of Rs 50 million as a contribution of his government towards the Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund for flood relief operations.
 
Apart from this, the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and other judges have decided to contribute voluntarily to the Kerala CMRF.
Infosys Foundation rushes relief material to flood-hit Kerala, Kodagu

"We have sent four truckloads of survival kits including 40 items like clothes, rice, drinking water, and medicines to Kerala's Wayanad and Ernakulam districts and regions near Thiruvananthapuram," said Chairperson Sudha Murthy, according to ANI. The survival kits sent to Kerala are worth over Rs 1 crore.

The Foundation has sent 25,000 water bottles, steel utensils, mats, buckets and mugs for 250 families worth over Rs 25 lakh
Amitabh Bachchan contributes towards Kerala flood relief

As the rain-battered Kerala continues to battle floods, Amitabh Bachchan has made a donation of Rs 51 lakh to the relief organisations working towards the welfare of victims. Not just money, the 75-year-old also gave away some of his personal belongings, including around 80 jackets, 25 pants, 20 shirts & scarves and 40 shoes. 
 
Apart from him, many other Bollywood celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Hrithik Roshan among others, have extended their support, urging people to come forward and help the people of Kerala
 

Kerala plans to raise Rs 7.5 bn through hiked liquor duty & 10% cess on GST, writes T E Narasimhan 

The Kerala government will seek permission from the GST Council to impose a cess of 10 per cent on the State GST as it looks to rebuild the state ravaged by the devastating floods which could have potentially caused damage worth around Rs 200 billion.
Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and its other judges decide to contribute voluntarily to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Pinarayi Vijayan conducts an in-person review of the functioning of relief camps in Chengannur



Kerala govt to initiate high-level discussion on UAE aid

Pinarayi Vijayan said the state government will initiate high-level discussions with the Centre to enable the transfer of funds from the UAE government in the wake of the floods in the state.
 
"The National Disaster Management policy provides provisions to accept voluntary offers from foreign nations in the wake of calamities," the chief minister said in response to reports of the Centre's reluctance to accept UAE aid worth Rs 700 crore
Kerala CM to visit relief camps

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday will conduct an in-person review of the functioning of relief camps in Chengannur, Kozhencherry, Alappuzha, North Paravoor and Chalakudy.
 
Nearly one million people are sheltering in number of relief camps, set up by the administration across the state.
Kerala floods a man-made disaster, says Opposition
 
The Congress on Wednesday said that the floods in Kerala, the worst in a century, were man-made and due to faulty dam management, reported Press Trust of India.
 
Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala told the media that the tragedy took place because of lack of coordination between the Power Minister, the Water Resource Ministers and the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).
 
"This monsoon, Kerala received 41.44 per cent more rains and all the (sluice gates of the) dams were opened without proper analysis or impact studies... People were totally unaware that the dams were being opened," he said.
 
Kerala government on Wednesday turned its attention to cleaning of houses and public places which were damaged in the unprecedented rains which ravaged the state. 
After Rs 7 billion aid from United Arab Emirates government to flood-hit Kerala, Centre is likely to take a stand of ‘politely’ refusing any ‘help’ from foreign governments 

Read our report here
Idukki, the epicentre of the flooding, recorded the highest rainfall in Kerala and second-highest rainfall (3,521 mm) of any Indian district over these 81 days

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Kerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac says he has a three-pronged strategy to raise funds

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People returning to their flood-battered homes in Kerala from relief camps were are being greeted by snakes and other reptiles and insects.
 
Mustafa, a snake catcher, has caught over 100 snakes from homes.
 
"It's quite natural that when floods come, snakes come with it and so do other insects from overflowing ponds and rivers. People who return to clean up their homes should be careful and not put their hands into shoes, under cracked tiles or in wet firewood," he said.
 
A hospital in Angamaly in Ernakuam district is treating 52 persons for snakebites.
Kerala Police to take strict action against those who spread fake news
 
"There will be no leniency shown to such people and those who engage in spreading fake messages and news. Already a few are behind the bars," says Kerala police.
 
The CPI said and the Centre's assistance of Rs 5 billion to flood-battered Kerala was "too little", and Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have been "more generous" towards the state.
 
The prime minister had last week announced a relief of Rs 5 billion to the state, in addition to Rs 1 billion announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
 
CPI General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said, "We are not satisfied. We think it's too little considering the scale of destruction in Kerala. Initial estimates put the loss at Rs 200 billion."
 
"This (Rs 5 billion) will not be enough," Reddy said.
Kerala to ask Centre to raise borrowing limit

The Government of Kerala will ask the Centre to raise the state's borrowing limit from three per cent of the GSDP to 4.5 per cent, along with a special package of Rs 26 billion.
 
A special session of the Legislative Assembly will be called on August 30 to discuss the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work to be taken up.
 
Insurance companies expect claims in flood ravaged Kerala to cross Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion) as the government declares the deluge as 'calamity of severe nature'. Assessment of claims will take place with situation moving to normal, a senior official of an insurance firm said, adding clear picture will emerge in the next 4-5 days when claims are received.

Given the magnitude, preliminary assessment points that claims for car, home and industry will be upwards Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion), the official said. Yesterday, the central government exempted customs duty and inter-state taxes on relief material for Kerala, reported PTI.
 
Central Railway employees have decided to contribute parts of their salary for the the rescue and relief operations of flood-hit Kerala, according to details released by the ministry on Tuesday, said IANS report. Both the officers and staff of the central railway zone with headquarters in Mumbai will contribute to the Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund according to their pay grade.
 
The Telangana State IAS Officers Association on Tuesday decided to contribute one day's salary of serving IAS officers in the state towards relief and rehabilitation efforts in rain-ravaged Kerala. The Association today submitted a letter to the Chief Secretary to deduct one day salary from the August 2018 salary, official sources said. The Telangana government had earlier contributed Rs 25 crore for the relief efforts in Kerala, said a PTI report.
 
The staff of J&K Bank will contribute Rs 11 crore (Rs 110 million) to help the flood-affected people of Kerala, reported PTI.
 
While most of the staffers are donating their six days' salary towards the relief fund in the southern state, the top executives helped enhance the scale of contribution with their salary of up to two months. The J&K bank staff has decided to donate six days of their salary to the flood victims in Kerala. The Chairman and CEO of the bank, Parvez Ahmed, shall be contributing two months' salary while the executive presidents will donate their one month salary towards the cause.
 
Maruti Suzuki India said on Tuesday that the company along with its employees will donate Rs 3.5 crore (Rs 35 million) as Kerala flood relief work
 
It has donated Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million) towards the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to strengthen relief, rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts of the government, Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement. Also, employees will make a contribution amounting to Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 15 million). Earlier in the day, Bajaj Auto also announced contribution of Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million) in aid of flood-hit Kerala, reported PTI.
Here's Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the loss of life caused by devastating floods in the state of Kerala
 
HAM radio operators are helping in rescue operations in flood-devastated Kerala by tracing stranded people through their last mobile phone location and sharing information with officials as most communication services remain hit in the state. The HAM or amateur radio operators are licenced to conduct such communications under specific radio frequencies by the Union Ministry of Communications, said a PTI report. 
 
According to a PTI report, over 1,650 people were rescued based on HAM radio support from the Thiruvananthapuram centre from August 16 to August 19. More than 300 HAM radio operators are working round-the-clock in Kerala and are helping the administration in rescue operations, Director of the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Amateur Radio, Ram Mohan Suri, said.

In places where people are stranded and cannot communicate as their mobile phones are not working, HAM radio operators are tracking the last location of their phone's signal. Based on it, they are trying to locate the person.
 
The Cochin International Airport on Limired (CIAL) has suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 220 crore (Rs 2.2 billion) in the Kerala floods. The CIAL management has launched rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure including 2.5 km long airport walls that collapsed after Periyar river overflowed. The runway, taxi bay, duty free shops and other areas of international and domestic terminals were also submerged, causing damage to electrical equipment including runway lights, PTI reported.
 
The solar power system of the world's first solar-powered airport has also suffered damage in the floods. The airport is expected to be reopened next week.
 
 
 
UAE offers Rs 700 crore for financial assistance, says Pinarayi Vijayan




MP Police donates money for Kerala flood relief
 
MP Police has donated Rs 1.31 crore to Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. Further, all police personnel of MP will donate 1 day's salary for the same purpose, says Madhya Pradesh DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla
 
Kerala floods: Restoration work begins after water recedes in Thrissur district

 
The judges of the Supreme Court will contribute Rs 25,000 each to the Kerala flood relief fund, said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra yesterday
 
 
"The Prime Minister has announced relief of Rs 500 Crore for Kerala, we expect at least Rs 100 Crore for Kodagu. We will request the central government for it. We have to repair roads for connectivity. We are taking help of the Army and the National Disaster Response Force," Kumaraswamy said
 
"The Centre said they will 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 Pinarayi Vijayan said
 
 
Train services partially restored in flood-hit Kerala

The train services in Kayankulam-Kottayam- Ernakulam and Palakkad-Shoranur-Kozhikkode sections have been resumed.
 
Trivandrum- Ernakulam section was also connected by passenger Special Trains for the flood period.
 
Heavy damages caused by the floods in Aluva- Thrissur, Thrissur-Shoranur, Kayamkulam-Kottayam- Ernakulam Shoranur-Tirur, Shoranur- Palakkad routes have been fixed.
 
Few special trains were started via Trivandrum, Tirunelveli, and Madurai to Chennai, Egmore, Howarah, Gorakhpur, Bhubaneswar routes to evacuate stranded people.
 
The traffic in Aluva- Thrissur, Thrissur-Shoranur sections was also restored.

Declare Kerala floods a national calamity, says Chandrababu Naidu
 
"The Centre should declare it a national calamity. It's the responsibility of all to restore normalcy in Kerala," Naidu said. 
 
He said Andhra Pradesh has extended an assistance of nearly Rs 50 crore to flood-battered Kerala "through all means, including donations in cash".
 
The demand comes close on the heels of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Left parties in Kerala and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy making similar demands to the central governmen.
 
 
 

Let-up in rain, floods makes Navy scale down rescue operations

The Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy on Monday started scaling down 'Operation Madad' consequent to rains having reduced and floodwaters receding from many areas in Kerala, a defence press release said here.
 
As of 4.30 pm today, the 11th day of the operation, the number of diving teams has been reduced to 51, with 41 teams having returned after their rescue mission, the release said.
 
A total of 350 people was rescued by boats from this morning, the release said.
 
The finance ministry has decided to exempt goods imported or supplied for flood relief operations in Kerala from basic customs duty/IGST till December 31, 2018, sources said.
 
A notification to this effect is likely to be issued tomorrow.
One million in Kerala relief centres: Pinarayi Vijayan

Over one million people are now sheltered in 3,274 relief camps in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday, even as rains that have battered the state for a week finally abated.
 
A total of 602 marooned people were rescued on Monday, the Chief Minister told the media.
Under its influence, Andhra northern coastal received copious amounts of rainfall in last 24 hours.Some parts of Visakhapatnam, East & West Godavari have received heavy to very heavy rainfall: India Meteorological Department
 
IndiGo today said it would operate flights from the Kochi naval base from Tuesday, as domestic carriers look to provide more air connectivity to flood-ravaged Kerala.
Govt has asked industrialists, business organisations to extend help to Kerala in dealing with flood situation: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu.
 
The massive flood in Kerala has been declared a calamity of severe nature, the Home Ministry said today.
 
"Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides in Kerala, this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes," a home ministry official said.
Fishermen refuse Rs 3,000 for saving lives

Khais Mohammed from Fort Kochi said in a video post that he and his colleagues were happy to hear the words of praise from the Chief Minister for the role they played in going to the remotest areas amid pouring rain and dangerous waters to rescue the marooned.
 
"We are really happy that I and my friends rescued several people. What made us happier was when you said that we (fishermen) are your army.
 
"But after that we heard that for our services we will be paid Rs 3,000. Sir, that made us really sad as we do not want money for saving the lives of fellow humans," Mohammed said.
 
He, however, added that all the fishermen were happy that the government had promised to repair their damaged boats free of cost.
Arunachal to donate Rs three crore to Kerala

Arunachal Pradesh government has announced to contribute Rs 30 million to Kerala Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund in the wake of recent devastating floods in the southern state.
 
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu announces Rs 3 crore as immediate assistance from Chief Ministers Relief Fund for the Kerala flood and expressed solidarity with the people in Kerala in this trying time. #KeralaFloods, the CMO Arunachal wrote on Twitter.
All MPs and MLAs of Shiv Sena to contribute their one month salary to Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund
WHO sends a 13-member team to Kerala. These officials will work as surveillance officers in 13 districts in the wake of epidemic threat after floods.
 
With hundreds of people dead and lakhs other homeless in Kerala due to floods, various Malayali and Keralite associations in Kolkata are collecting funds and reliefs materials for the flood victims in their state.
 
These association run by Keralite people residing in Kolkata have started a relief drive for the flood victims in their state.
 
Lending a helping hand, volunteers belonging to the Sikh community in Kochi are providing food to people in flood-hit Kerala. Those taking part prepare the food inside Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha and then send it to relief camps.
Kerala CM thanks Telangana counterpart for Rs 250 million aid

Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday thanked his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao for the gesturein contributing Rs 250 million towards relief measures in the rain-ravaged state.
 
"The overwhelming response from your state and others demonstrate the extent of compassion and care that we show to each other in the hour of crisis and calamity, which makes us all proud of being part of Indian ethos and spirit," Vijayan said in a letter to Rao.
Policybazaar sets up special helpline number for families affected by Kerala Floods

Policybazaar.com has set up a dedicated 24x7 call center assistance to guide the families who have been affected by the nature's fury in Kerala with any kind of insurance related queries that they may be facing.
 
The helpline will provide assistance on claim related matters - including registration and settlement - for all types of insurance plans, including life, motor, home and health.
Assam govt announces Rs 3 crore aid to Kerala

"We can very well realise the pain perpetrated by the floods to the people of Kerala as the people of Assam face such kind of furry every year," Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
 
In view of the catastrophic flood, the chief minister announced a financial aid of Rs 3 crore to Kerala.
Flood-affected families on mind, Kerala athletes carry on at Asiad

The tragedy unfolding in the aftermath of the Kerala floods is finding an echo in faraway Indonesia where over 40 athletes from the state are oscillating between anxiety and concern for loved ones while trying to focus on their Asian Games campaign.
 
A swimmer didn't even know of it until a journalist enquired, a sprinter is worried while a hockey player is just relieved that his family is in a safe zone even though he is heartbroken for his state.
Kerala floods: 1 million people in relief camps, says Tourism Minister

As the rescue and relief operations continue in flood-hit Kerala, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons on Monday said that the authorities have housed at least one million people in scores of relief camps set up by the administration across the state.
 
"Today we have nearly one million people in relief camps. The district collectors are working as coordinators and providing supplies. Central forces are providing all possible services to Kerala. Biggest heroes are fishermen, they came in 600 boats and are rescuing stranded people," he said.
Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu called a review meeting on #KeralaFloods with Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh and other senior officials of Rajya Sabha and Vice President Secretariat and decided to donate a month’s salary for relief measures



Regional CRPF Wife’s Welfare Association in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore flagged off relief materials consisting of dry rations, clothing, medicines, sanitary items in 12 trucks with Rapid Action Force (RAF) team to Kerala's Thrissur and Chalakudy



How Isro satellites are playing a key part in saving lives; writes T E Narasimhan 

A set of remote sensing satellites and radar satellites has been taking pictures of various aspects of the situation in the flood-hit state from a distance of 400-800 kilometres from the Earth and sending it back with supportive data, which once crunched, helped the experts to predict the level of rains till then, what to expect in the next few hours and even about the situation in the forests and the water reservoirs.
Train status: Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Lakshadweep Express, Mangalore-Nagercoil Parasuram Express, Jamnagar–Tirunelveli Express and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Thiruvananthapuram Netravathi Express from Shoranur junction to run as per normal schedule.
Indian Navy rescue team joined six ropes across a stream in Thrissur yesterday rescuing 109 people who were stranded on the other side after the bridge over it collapsed



Delhi's Patiala House Court allows Shashi Tharoor to visit United Nations Headquarters to seek aid for Kerala Floods.
Passengers are at INS Garuda Kochi Naval Air Station as commercial flights service begins at the station due to flooding of Cochin International Airport 



A 'Thanks' note


All MPs and MLAs of Shiv Sena to contribute their one month salary to Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund



K J Alphons on Kerala floods: 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/food. People with technical capabilities are required to put life back into Kerala.



 
 

 
On the night of August 19, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Mysore carried about 70 tonnes of relief material which includes bottled water, ready to eat meals, fresh ration, milk, biscuits and other miscellaneous things like medicines, essential toiletries, phenyl, gash bags, bleaching powder, and candles. The relief material also included items received from some NGOs situated in Mumbai
Indian NGO raises over $10,000 for flood relief operations in Kerala 

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.
 
Over 50,000 metric tonnes of food grains have made available, with more quantities in the pipeline. Arrangements are being made to airlift 100 metric tonnes of pulses by Mondy, with more to be sent by train.
 
"Over 9,300 kilolitres of kerosene has been made available while another 12,000 kilolitres will be allocated. The LPG bottling plant in Kochi has also been reopened," the NCMC was told.
The Indian Railways said that two special trains will be run on Monday from Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam to Kolkata and that the train services are expected to be restored on all lines in Kerala by Monday evening.
 
The Railways said it would provide blankets and bedsheets to the affected people in Kerala.
“The focus of the state government will be to bring life back to normalcy even as rescuing the people stranded in remote areas continues. Rehabilitation of the affected will be taken up with the cooperation of the local people,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday.
Keralite sacked from Gulf firm over insensitive remarks about flood victims

A Gulf firm has fired a man from Kerala after he made insensitive comments on a social media post on the plight of the flood-hit victims in the state.
 
The company, Lulu Group International dismissed Rahul Cheru Palayattu, who worked as a cashier at the company's branch in Oman after he mocked the sanitation requirements of the flood victims in Kerala on Facebook, Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MPs to donate their one month salary to Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund
 
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced Rs 30 million assistance to flood-hit Kerala on Sunday. "The Government of Assam would extend financial aid of Rs 3 crore (Rs 30 million) to Kerala government in view of the devastating flood in the southern state," an official release said quoting the chief minister.
Centre directs more focus on food, medicine, restoration of vital services in flood-hit Kerala

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) today directed the central ministries to focus on providing essential commodities and medicine and restoration of vital services in flood-hit Kerala.
 
The NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, in its review meeting directed that focus should now be on provision of emergency supplies of food, water, medicines and restoration of essential services such as power, fuel, telecom and transport links as flood water recedes in Kerala.
No heavy rains in Kerala from tmrw; 633,000 people in relief camps: NDMA

The NDMA today said there will be no heavy rains in the flood-hit Kerala for the next four days, giving a ray of hope to the distraught people of the state.
 
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) also said more than 33,000 people have been rescued by different agencies from the flood affected areas of the state. Over 633,000 people are currently staying in relief camps, it added.
 
Odisha sends trained men with boats to Kerala to help in rescue operations


Visuals: Relief material for Kerala being loaded on INS Mysore



846,680 people in relief camps: Kerala CM

A total of 846,680 people made homeless by devastating floods in Kerala are sheltering in 3,734 camps and the last stage of rescue operations is now on, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday.
 
"Our prime concern was to save lives. It appears it has been met," Vijayan told the media amid reports that the floods, the worst since 1924, have left around 370 people dead and led to widespread destruction.
IMD sees gradual decline in rainfall in Kerala over the next 5 days
 
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday appealed to all food processing industries to come to the aid of the flood-ravaged people of Kerala by generously donating processed food products.
 
In a statement, Badal said the flood-affected people of Kerala, thousands of whom have been rendered homeless, need processed food items urgently.
Indian-origin businessmen based in UAE pledge Rs 125 mn

Indian-origin billionaire businessmen based in the UAE have announced Rs 125 million donation for flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala, according to a media report.
 
Kerala-born businessman Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, has announced a Rs 50 million donation for rain-battered Kerala, Khaleej Times reported on Sunday.
 
Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar on Sunday said that he will donate one-month salary to the relief fund in floods-battered Kerala.
 
"Deeply disturbed by the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in Kerala. As a small contribution towards resettling them and aid in the relief work, I have decided to donate one-month salary for Kerala relief work," he said in a Facebook post.
J&K govt gives Kerala Rs 2 cr for flood relief

The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced financial aid of Rs 20 million today for the rescue operations in Kerala. 

A United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based businessman has announced a $707,837 donation towards relief operations in flood-hit Kerala. About half of the amount will directly go to the CM's Relief Fund, while the rest will be allocated for medical relief aid, reports Khaleej Times.
 
A team of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India on Sunday started rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala. The 90-member team is using 17 wide-body rafts brought in from Rishikesh.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind has spoken to Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today to enquire about the situation in the flood-hit Kerala. He expressed satisfaction over State and Union government working together in the rescue operation.

India Inc extends aid to inundated Kerala

Industry body CII has set up a task force chaired by its former president Kris Gopalakrishnan to work on relief measures for victims in flood-ravaged Kerala in coordination with the Kerala government and the district administrations. JSW Group said it has initiated a group-wide initiative wherein its employees are asked to voluntarily contribute in cash as well as in kind. TVS Motor Company has also contributed Rs 10 million to the CM's Relief Fund.
Amid grief, a wedding in Kerala relief camp

As Kerala continued to reel under one of the worst floods it has faced in over a century, a young couple taking shelter in a relief camp in Malappuram district got married on Sunday. Anju, who had moved into the MSP School near Malappuram three days ago, tied the knot with Saiju at the Thiripunthra temple.
Goa may go Kerala way, warns ecologist Madhav Gadgil

Noted environmentalist Madhav Gadgil has warned that Goa may face the same fate as Kerala if it does not take necessary precautionary measures on the environmental front.
 
He said governments have been neglectful in implementing environmental norms.
 
Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has slammed the Pinarayi Vijayan led Kerala government for failing to develop a proper contingency plan. Speaking to ANI, he said that the Vijayan led government has only given rhetoric poor infrastructure which has led to this man-made disaster.
 
Amitabh Bachchan has contributed towards relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala. Shah Rukh Khan's Meer Foundation has also made donation of Rs 2.1 million to a relief group working amongst flood victims.

Bengal government announces Rs 10 cr to Kerala

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter on Sunday to announce financial aid of Rs 100 million (Rs 10 crore) forrelief operations in Kerala.


Railways to transport relief material to Kerala for free

Railways have issued guidelines to all government organisations as well as private bodies to transport relief material to flood-ravaged Kerala for free. Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday had announced that Railways will provide free transportation of relief material for Kerala coming in from various state government agencies, PSUs and other government agencies. 


Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and filmaker Priyadarshan have donated money to the CM's relief fund to help in the rescue operations in Kerala.


Kerala death toll reaches 357

The death toll due to rains and floods in Kerala has gone up to 357 this monsoon season, as 22 more deaths were reported on Saturday even as around 50,000 people were rescued in different parts of the state, and red alert continued in 11 districts following prediction of more rains.


Telangana rushes 100-tonne food for children in flood-hit Kerala
 
The Telangana government has dispatched 100 metric tonnes of nutritious food for children in flood-hit Kerala.
 
The food manufactured by Telangana Foods, a state government enterprise, was airlifted to Kerala on Saturday.
Railways to transport relief materials for free
 
Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday announced that Railways will provide free transportation of relief material for Kerala through various state government agencies, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and other government agencies.


 

Liverpool offers help to Kerala flood victims
 
Liverpool Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Moore has promised to help the Kerala flood victims after the team's official supporters club, the Kerala Reds, sought help.

Thousands rescued as rains& landslides continue to haunt Kerala
 
Thousands of people stranded in isolated buildings and rooftops in flood-hit Kerala were rescued on Saturday, even as rains and fresh landslides were reported in some places as the toll touched 194 in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8.
 
A large number of people, including senior citizens, women and children were airlifted from isolated buildings, while many others were evacuated in army boats, large fishing vessels and makeshift yachts, official sources said.

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala | Photo: Reuters

Haryana announces Rs 100 million for flood-hit Kerala

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said that the state government would provide financial assistance of Rs 100 million to flood affected people and for rescue operations in Kerala.
 
He said that the people of Kerala had been facing heavy losses of life and property due to severe floods, and Haryana is with Kerala in this hour of need.
 
Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu have already announced aid for flood-ravaged Kerala.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday spoke to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan over phone about the situation in the rain-ravaged state and assured him of providing all possible help in this hour of crisis.
 
A release from the Chief Minister's Office here said Naidu expressed grief over loss of lives and destruction of property in the monsoon fury.
 
Naidu assured Kerala that his state was ready to provide all possible help to it in this hour of crisis.
 
More than 20 lorries carrying relief materials worth Rs 2 million from all districts in the state was on Saturday flagged off to flood-ravaged Kerala.
 
With the Chief Minister announcing Rs 500 million financial assistance to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress fund again, the relief materials collected from all the districts in the states were despatched, Local Administration Minister, S P Velumani, who flagged off the vehicles here said.
Vijayan cancels US trip for treatment
 
In view of the grave situation in Kerala due to floods, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has call off his proposed trip to the US for medical treatment, an official said on Saturday.
 
Vijayan was scheduled to leave for Mayo Clinic in the USA on Sunday.
Kejriwal asks to donate one-day salary for Kerala victims

Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed to Delhi government employees to donate their one day salary for people suffering in flood hit-Kerala


Kerala woman refuses to abandon dogs

According to AFP report, a Kerala woman refused to leave her flooded house without her 25 dogs. The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue.
 
The woman, Sunitha, was found by rescuers in Thrissur, which has been worst hit by floods that have left at least 324 dead.
 
But she refused to leave her house unless her dogs, all strays or abandoned pets, were taken too, Ms Varma told AFP.
Jharkhand CM announces Rs 500 million aid for rain-battered Kerala

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday announced Rs 500 million as assistance to Kerala for support of the flood-affected people there.
 
Expressing concern over the serious flood situation in Kerala, Das said that 325 million people of Jharkhand are with natives of the Kerala in this hour of grief, an official release said.


 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday expressed solidarity with the flood victims in Kerala and condoled the families of those who lost their lives in the destruction triggered by the torrential rains in the state.
 
"Words alone are not enough. Yet I must tell all my brothers and sisters of Kerala that our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones. Strength to those who are fighting the Kerala Floods," she wrote on Twitter.
 
As Kerala is struggling to cope with the flood fury, 21-year-old college student, who was viciously trolled for selling fish to meet her educational needs, has contributed Rs 105,000 towards the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.
 
Hanan, a college student from Kochi, said the money was donated by various people after her struggle to fund her studies and take care of her family was widely shared on the social media.
 
"I had got the amount from people and I am happy to give back the amount to the needy," she said.
Train services between Ernakulam, Thrissur suspended
 
Train services between Ernakulam and Thrissur remained suspended on Saturday
 
Even when they are offline, Kerala flood victims can use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them, Google said.
Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS.
Red alert withdrawn for all districts except Ernakulam and Idukki
 
The red alert issued in all districts, except Ernakulam and Idukki, has been withdrawn
In August, till 16th actual rainfall was 619.5mm, normally it should have been 244.1 mm. The intensity of rainfall has decreased now there won't be extremely heavy rains anymore but heavy rains will continue for 2 days: Dr. S Devi, India Meteorological Department.
In Kerala, there has been a damage worth 20- 30 billion. Congress party demands that #KeralaFloods be declared a national calamity: Randeep Surjewala, Congress
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announces an aid of Rs 100 million for flood-hit Kerala from Bihar Chief Minister Relief Fund
 
A colossal southwest monsoon in Kerala has resulted in floods and landslides in the state, which is worst in the last 100 years.
PM conducted aerial survey to get first-hand knowledge about flood. Our helicopter could not go to some places due to inclement weather. He has announced Rs500 crore&all possible help. We thanked him & demanded more helicopters & boats: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan 
According to the army, 3,627 persons have been rescued till date, including 22 foreign nationals.
Indian Army constructs 13 bridges
 
The Indian Army, which is actively involved in the rescue and relief efforts in Kerala, constructed 13 bridges in order to establish connection with 38 remote areas in the state, which has been hit severely by floods.
Rahul urges Modi to declare Kerala floods a national disaster

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately declare the floods in Kerala as a national disaster.
 
"Dear PM (Prime Minister), please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay. The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake," Gandhi tweeted.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced an aid of Rs 100 million for flood-hit Kerala.
Insurance companies have been directed to hold special camps for assessment and timely release of compensation to the affected families and beneficiaries under social security schemes. Directions have also been issued for early clearance of claims under the Fasal Bima Yojna for farmers.
Achankovil river near Alappuzha's Kollakadavu village is overflowing following heavy rainfall in the area. Shaukat, a villager says,"The area has been completely flooded. I have lost almost everything I had. The water level is increasing with every passing hour."
PM Modi announces Rs 5 billion as temporary relief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is Kerala currently, announced Rs 5 billion as temporary relief, while the State has sought for Rs 20 billion.
SBI has donated Rs 20 million to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) and announced waiver of fees and charges on services offered by the bank in Kerala. #KeralaFloods
The chief minister's office has also released helpline numbers.
 
Kasargod: 9446601700
Kannur: 91-944-668-2300
Kozhikode: 91-944-653-8900
Wayanad: 91-807-840-9770
Malappuram: 91-938-346-3212
Malappuram: 91-938-346-4212
Thrissur: 91-944-707-4424
Thrissur: 91-487-236-3424
Palakkad: 91-830-180-3282
Ernakulam: 91-790-220-0400
Ernakulam: 91-790-220-0300
Alappuzha: 91-477-223-8630
Alappuzha: 91-949-500-3630
Alappuzha: 91-949-500-3640
Idukki: 91-906-156-6111
Idukki: 91-938-346-3036
Kottayam: 91-944-656-2236
Kottayam: 91-944-656-2236
Pathanamthitta: 91-807-880-8915
Kollam: 91-944-767-7800
Thiruvananthapuram: 91-949-771-1281
Here's how you can help those affected by the Kerala floods:
 
Donations can be made through cheques or demand drafts (DD), or internet banking. Address for cheques: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer, Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 1;
 
To contribute online -
 
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
PAN: AAAGD0584M
Name of Donee: CMDRF
Here's how you can help those affected by the Kerala floods:
 
Contribute through the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF)
 
The chief minister's office released a letter appealing for help to rebuild the lives of people affected by the floods in Kerala. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "We have an important task before us, the task of bringing life back to normalcy."


 

UAE to provide aid to flood-hit Kerala
 
To be chaired by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), the national emergency committee will include representatives from the UAE's humanitarian organisations, according to Gulf News.
State highway to Idukki city from Kumily is blocked due to landslide, clearance operation underway.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aerial survey to witness the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rains in Kerala was called off on Saturday due to bad weather, state government officials said.
Rains subsided on Saturday morning resulting in the water level in Idukki and parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts coming down.
Modi begins aerial survey along with CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took off in a helicopter from here to survey the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rains in Kerala.
 
Modi, who arrived here from the state capital, is being accompanied by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran and other top state officials.
 
His visit comes at a time when the Congress-led opposition has been demanding immediate deployment of the Army since the state government has been unable to deal with the crisis.
 
Before returning to Delhi from Kochi later on Saturday, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting to discuss the situation.
Guterres 'saddened' by Kerala flood toll; UN monitoring situation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is saddened by the loss of lives and the destruction due to the Kerala floods and the world organisation is following the situation very closely, according to his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
 
The UN "is saddened by the loss of life, destruction and displacement caused by the floods in India," which is the worst flooding in about 100 years, Dujarric told reporters.
Air India and Air India Express on Friday said their flights scheduled to depart from the Kochi airport will operate from Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. 
 
The rescheduled flights for Air India are AI 933 to Dubai, AI 047 to New Delhi, AI 682 to Mumbai, AI 511 to New Delhi and AI 510 to Chennai. 

 
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irdai) asked insurers to ensure reported claims are registered and eligible claims are settled expeditiously to give relief to those hit by heavy rains and floods in Kerala

Commuters wade across waterlogged streets as heavy monsoon rains causes floods in Kochi 

Photo courtesy: PTI




 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday announced Rs 250 million and 10 reverse osmosis plants worth Rs 25 million for flood-ravaged Kerala.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state; received by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons

Odisha urges Kerala to assist 130 stranded labourers

The Odisha government has requested Kerala to provide assistance including food and drinking water to 130 people from the eastern Indian state stranded at Odapally in Kerala.

The Odisha government's action came soon after it received an alert from one Anil Sethi, a labourer, who informed around 130 people from Odisha who  taken shelter in a house at Aluva Munnar Road, , near Asha Munnar Post Office.

 
DGCA has asked domestic airlines to mount additional flights to and from Kerala with a cap on the maximum fare.
Stranded pregnant woman in Kerala airlifted, gives birth
 
A pregnant woman stranded in one of the worst flood-hit areas of Kerala had developed complications with a ruptured amniotic sac. The two lives remained in danger till help came out of the blue - literally.
 
Sajita Jabil, 25, was stuck on the rooftop of her house in Aluva - a submerged region of Kerala's Ernakulam district - when she heard the rattling of chopper blades. It was an Indian Navy chopper that had flown specially to rescue and end her nightmare.
 
A doctor was first lowered from the chopper to examine her condition before she was airlifted and taken to Sanjivani multi-specialty hospital in Alappuzha district.
 
"A pregnant lady with water bag leaking (was) airlifted and evacuated to Sanjivani. Operation successful," Indian Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma tweeted.

17 trains between Karnataka and Kerala cancelled, 8 partially cancelled and 2 diverted due to heavy rains, land slips, flash floods
Southern Railway dispatched 7 BRN wagons with syntax tank carrying 2.8 lakh litre drinking water from Tamil Nadu's Erode at 4 pm. 15 BRN flat wagons with Syntax water tanks being moved from Chennai to Erode. Water will be dispatched to Kerala.
 
Irdai has asked all insurance companies to set up special camps and make immediate payments against insurance claims.
Streets flooded in Ernakulam's Velloorkunnam following heavy and incessant rainfall. 167 people have died till now in Kerala floods
An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala. Photo: Reuters
Roads being cleared in Kerala's Kumily after traffic movement was affected due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall.