With the flood waters receding rapidly, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in Kerala and the busiest, will open on August 26 - after 12 days of closure. Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters. One side the compound wall of the airport came down after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex, turning it into a virtual sea. (PTI)
Thousands of people in flood-hit areas in Kerala are battling all odds to survive as the death toll has touched 197 in the past 10 days in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8.
Many are still stranded in their homes with no food and sheaths of water around them at various places in Alapuzha, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts.
The maximum death toll has been reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far, as per official estimates.
Twenty-eight deaths were reported in Malappuram and 27 in Thrissur.
At Chengannur in Alapuzha district, at least 5,000 are stranded, according to revenue officials.
Cochin Airport to reopen on august 26
People belonging to Sikh community in Kochi prepared food&provided it to relief camps. The coordinator said,"From last 3 days we are serving food to more than 1000 people. We're preparing food inside Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in hygienic conditions." (19.8.2018) #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/Ju7qU1gM1X— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
People languishing in relief camps have no clue about the future
Kerala: Chandra, resident of Vandiperiyar in Idukki dist & a tailor by profession, lost his house in the floods; says 'I have been living here for 3 yrs. Now I don't have a home. I'm in a relief camp. I don't know what will happen once they send us out of the camp. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/80tl2HCnQJ— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Maharashtra will send 30 medical teams to Kerala tomorrow morning
Train No.16649 Mangalauru Central - Thiruvananthapuram Parasuram Express will depart at 5 am on Aug. 20 as per schedule. It will further proceed to Thrisur-Eranakulam - Thiruvananthapuram according to the functioning of track between Shoranur and Ernakulam @NewIndianXpress— vincent dsouza (@vinndz_TNIE) August 19, 2018
Maharashtra government sends 30 tonnes of relief material to Kerala today
#Maharashtra govt has sent 30 tonnes of relief material to Kerala,today. 5 tonnes more to be sent tomorrow. 6.5 tonnes of relief material was sent y'day. Relief material includes ready to eat food packets,dry grains, blankets, sanitary napkins&other essential items. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/XZLs45PIFR— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Commercial flights will start operating from Kochi Naval Base from tomorrow
Two special trains will run tomorrow to Kolkata from Trivandrum & Ernakulam. Train services expected to restore on all lines by tomorrow evening. Commercial flights will start operating from Kochi Naval Base from tomorrow: Government of India #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/f9EcJNKFMI— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to airlift 60 tonnes of emergency medicines to Kerala tomorrow
No heavy rains in Kerala from tomorrow, says National Disaster Management Authority
Odisha to provide additional Rs 5 Crore financial assistance to Kerala
Odisha CM announced additional financial assistance of Rs 5 Crore for Kerala from Chief Minister's Relief Fund. This is in addition to Rs 5 Cr sanctioned earlier. He has also ordered 500 MT of polythene sheets worth about Rs 8 Crores to be sent to Kerala. #KeralaFloods (file pic) pic.twitter.com/YDy2lpkEp7— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
13 deaths today, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
A total of 724,649 people are sheltering in 5,645 camps following "one of the worst ever floods" in Kerala that has claimed some 370 lives and caused widespread destruction, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday.
Odisha's Fire Service Personnel sent to Kerala to help
244 Fire Service Personnel trained in rescue ops with 65 rescue boats&other equipment have been sent from Odisha to Kerala to help in rescue ops. Odisha CM directed Odisha Relief Commissioner to extend all help to people from the state stranded in Kerala #KeralaFloods (file pic) pic.twitter.com/oLsCWkvyM4— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Donate 10 per cent of Eid budget for Kerala, says Islamic Centre on India
Pope Francis urges help, prayers for Kerala
Pope Francis on Sunday called for solidarity and help from the international community for people affected by Kerala flood.
Indian citizens show placards in support of the people of Kerala during Pope Francis' Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican (Photo | AP)
MIM through its Majlis Charitable Trust has decided to contribute ₹16 lakhs for #KeralaFloodRelief this amount will be deposited in @CMOKerala Relief Fund by tomorrow,& we will also send required medicines worth ₹10 lakhs to KERALA— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) August 19, 2018
I urge people t come forward and help KERALA
Vistara to operate all Kochi flights from Thiruvananthapuram during August 16-26
Vistara airlines started operating all its Kochi flights to and from Thiruvananthapuram since Thursday, after the closure of Cochin International Airport.
Kerala CM said in a press conference that the State's IT cell will make sure acadamic loss of students are met. 36 lakh textbooks are ready for distribution and the students will be give additional uniforms.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (File Photo | EPS)
Landslides hit Nelliyampathy hill roads
All the fishermen returning home will be honoured by local self governments, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvambadi seen flooded after heavy monsoon downpour in Kozhikode. (Photo | EPS)
Rainfall likely to subside in next five days: IMD
Rainfall likely to reduce further in the next five days, says India Meteorological Department
Kerala CM congratulates fishermen who offered help
Kerala CM congratulates all the fishermen who took part in the rescue operations. Announces free fuel and Rs 3000 per day for those who came forward to help during the difficult time.
Will provide six health inspectors to each panchayat: Kerala CM
"Each panchayat will get six health inspectors, health department will hire required people on a contract basis," says Kerala CM at a press conference.
Kerala CM says restoring power supply in Kerala will take time
"Restoring electricity supply will take time as security is of prime importance right now. However, street lights will be fixed without fail," says CM Pinarayi Vijayan at a press confrence.
Green chilli sold for Rs 400 per kilogram in Kochi
The worst floods to batter Kerala since 1924 have fuelled shortages and sent prices of vegetables zooming, with green chilli selling at Rs 400 a kg in Kochi and surrounding areas. (IANS)
J&K to donate Rs 2 crore to Kerala
Rapid Action Force build a temporary bride in an effort to block flooding water in Erumachery
Palakkad: Temporary bridge is being built by Rapid Action Force(RAF) in Erumachery to block flooding water. Dy Commandant,RAF Coimbatore,says,"After dam gates were opened,overflowing water damaged roads in area & entered paddy fields. Bridge will stop the overflow.' #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/mUxyv4Hfsd— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
#KeralaFloods: A community kitchen has been set up at Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT), Kalamassery by a team of 21 Navy personnel. The kitchen has provided 50000 meals over last 3 days to flood affected people, with support from students & local administration. pic.twitter.com/uJKD69ZL5h— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
TVS Motor offers Rs 1 crore aid to Kerala
TVS Motor Company has contributed Rs 1 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund
Telangana Home Minister donates Rs 25 crore and 50 water purifiers to help flood-battered Kerala
Home Minister of Telangana Naini Narshimha Reddy handed over a cheque of Rs 25 Crore to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan earlier today. 50 RO machines worth Rs 2.5 Crore will be airlifted from Begumpet (Telangana) to Kerala shortly, to provide clean drinking water. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/nri3aPdHMT— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Amitabh Bachchan urges people to help flood-hit Kerala
T 2904 - The devastation caused by incessant rain in Kerala is frightening !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 18, 2018
Hundreds and thousands of our sisters and brothers are in deep anguish ! We must do all we can to contribute as much as we can towards the needs of the people of Kerala ..
I have .. you must too ..🙏
Indian railways to transport relief material to Kerala for free
Railways has issued a set of guidelines allowing all government organisations as well as private bodies to transport relief material to flood-ravaged Kerala for free. (PTI)
Kerala CM asks people to send only valid rescue requests, says erroneous information delays rescue ops
Attention:Efforts are in progress to save even the last person stranded. Many of the requests coming to helpline numbers are for people who are already rescued. Sending erroneous information can only delay rescue efforts. Kindly forward only messages that are valid #KeralaFloods— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 19, 2018
58 of our NDRF teams are deployed across 8 districts of the state. They're carrying out rescue & evacuation work & extending medical emergency aids. Now that rain has subsided to some extent, our teams are being relocated partly to worst-affected areas: NDRF DG. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/93Cl9aAJ6y— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Centre taking steps to ensure operations from Cochin Naval Base
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed satisfaction that Union & state governments were working together & in synergy in rescue and relief operations in Kerala. He praised relief agencies such as NDRF and public officials at state and Central level for their response and commitment. (ANI)
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has restored all its services to Kerala's Ernakulam, Kottayam, Thrissur, Palghat, Kozhikode, Kannur and Trivandrum. First service to start at 4 pm to Trivandrum from Bengaluru. Services to Kasaragod not restored. (ANI)
#Kerala:RAF team recovered one body from Nemmara landslide area in Palakkad district early morning today.Dy Commandant RAF Coimbatore unit, says,"We have recovered total 10 bodies from the area. Landslides are still occurring in the area,it was a tough task to recover the bodies" pic.twitter.com/hISfBI1EEy— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Red alert withdrawn for all districts of Kerala today. Orange alert issued for 10 districts, yellow alert for two districts. Rescue operations underway across the state. (ANI)