HIGHLIGHTS: Centre declares Kerala floods 'calamity of severe nature'

About 10,000 people are likely to be rescued by Monday in Kerala where rain-induced floods have claimed over 200 lives in the last 10 days, officials said.

Published: 20th August 2018 08:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2018 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

Aerial photo of Kerala floods. (Photo | PTI).

By Online Desk

About 10,000 people are likely to be rescued by Monday in Kerala where rain-induced floods have claimed over 200 lives in the last 10 days, officials said. About 38,000 people have been rescued so far.

"A total of 8,46,680 people are in 3,734 camps, and rescue operations are in last stages. Rehabilitation is our next target," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday, on the worst floods the state has faced since 1924.

The maximum death toll has been reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far, as per official estimates.

The red alert that was in force in all districts was also withdrawn as water level came down. Meantime, orange alert has been declared in districts except for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasargod.

Heavy rain is likely to subside today in the flood-hit state, the weather office has said, though light rain has been forecast at least till Saturday.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, “heavy rainfall” is expected only in Kozhikode, Kannur and Idduki districts over the next four days. While the situation seems to be easing up in Kerala, neighbouring states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are also reeling under floods.


11:43 Aug 20

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11:39 Aug 20

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Over one million people now in 3,274 relief camps, 602 people rescued today: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

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Army rescues 1850 people from flood-affected areas of Kerala

09:23 Aug 20

Gulf Air to operate all its scheduled flights to Bahrain from Thiruvananthapuram airport from August 21 to 26

09:22 Aug 20

One year moratorium declared on farm loan repayment to help farmers who lost crops in Kerala floods

09:17 Aug 20

Coast Guard relief teams safely evacuated people from flood-affected Kuttanad

09:10 Aug 20

Navy conducted rescue operations in North Paravur

09:06 Aug 20

An Indian Navy Dornier aircraft with diving team lands at Kannur to restore water supply

09:03 Aug 20

Hero's Welcome

Cooperation Minister Kadakampally Surendran shared on his Facebook handle the honorary welcome that the fishermen received at Vizhinjam on their come back from the rescue operations

09:00 Aug 20

Kudos for Indian Navy pilots for saving lives of stranded people

08:51 Aug 20

Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan participated in cleaning of flood-hit houses

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Kerala faces the gigantic task of rehabilitating homeless and preventing outbreak of diseases

07:28 Aug 20

Centre declares Kerala floods 'calamity of severe nature' .

"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.

07:11 Aug 20

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07:07 Aug 20

People waiting in queues to collect fuel in Kozhikode


People waiting in queues to collect fuel from a petrol bunk in Kozhikode. The city-residents have been facing acute fuel short since the past couple of days, and petrol was available only in a handful of pumps. (Photo | TP Sooraj / EPS)

06:51 Aug 20

One year moratorium declared on farm loan repayment

06:46 Aug 20

Fishermen refuse government's Rs 3,000 conveyance for saving lives

A leader of fishermen, who have won widespread praise by rescuing hundreds caught up in the Kerala floods, on Monday refused to accept Rs 3,000 offered to each member of the community by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said, they are happy to hear praises but won't accept money for saving people's life.

06:42 Aug 20

Kerala floods should be declared national disaster: Congress leader AK Antony

"When floods hit Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre said it was almost like a national disaster and Rs 1,000 crore was sanctioned. But when Kerala is facing the worst-ever natural calamity, just Rs 600 crore has been sanctioned, which is nothing in view of the huge damage caused in the state," Antony said.


06:12 Aug 20

A migrant worker from West Bengal, stranded in the flood-ravaged Kerala, has made an appeal to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to rescue him and others like him.  

06:10 Aug 20
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06:04 Aug 20

The government has asked industrialists and business organisations to provide whatever help they feel is appropriate to flood-affected Kerala, which is facing a "humanitarian crisis": Union minister Suresh Prabhu. (PTI) 

05:59 Aug 20
05:59 Aug 20

Telangana government is sending 500 tonnes of rice to flood-hit Kerala as announced by state civil supplies minister E Rajender.  

05:49 Aug 20

Fishermen refuse Kerala government's Rs 3,000 conveyance for saving lives. Fishefolk from major fishing centres reached the worst-hit Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts.


05:38 Aug 20
05:28 Aug 20

Health and sanitation top priority: Kerala health Minister K K Shailaja

CM has spoken to us and we've discussed the situation at hand, our priority right now is health and sanitation. We have all the resources required to help the people and we also urge them to come forward if they any issue related to the same: Kerala Health Min KK Shailaja (ANI)

05:20 Aug 20

Inmates of Central Prison at Poojappura are preparing chapatis to feed Kerala flood victims in relief camps. READ HERE 

05:13 Aug 20

Special train arranged to bring back Odia workers

05:12 Aug 20

Indian Railways sanctions free movement of relief material from Odisha. As per CM Naveen Pattnaik's orders, 500 MT of polythene sheets for Kerala flood victims to be loaded at Dhanamandal in 20 BCN wagons. 

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Kottayam Rescue teams and local panchayats in the process of evacuating people from landslip-prone areas to relief camps at Kottayam district in Kerala on Monday. (Photo | PTI)

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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. READ FULL STORY HERE

03:48 Aug 20

 Kerala floods leaves 50 athletes from state oscillating between anxiety and concerned for loved ones while trying to focus on their Asian Games campaign.

03:37 Aug 20

Flights Rescheduled

03:33 Aug 20
A team of around 100 doctors and paramedical staff from Maharashtra left for Thiruvananthapuram in two IAF aircraft to help the flood-affected people. (READ HERE)
03:24 Aug 20

Telangana State IAS Officers Association has decided to contribute one day salary of the serving IAS officers to CMRF of Kerala towards rescue and rehabilitation work in flood-hit Kerala.  

03:21 Aug 20

Special train to run from Thiruvananthapuram to Chennai

02:55 Aug 20

The ongoing catastrophe that first hit Kerala on August 8 and has been tearing the state apart since August 15 has resulted in close to eight lakh ‘refugees’ being forced out of their homes into nearly 3,500 relief camps.

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An aerial view of flooded areas of Kerala on Monday Aug. 20 2018. (Coast Guard Handout Photo via PTI)

02:34 Aug 20

Relief material arrives at Cochin Port

Naval Ship INS Deepak, carrying relief material from Mumbai, arrives at Cochin port with about 800 tonnes of fresh water and nearly 18 tonnes of provisions.  (READ HERE) 

02:32 Aug 20

Around 70 teams are present there with boats, life vests & food packets. Places where light & helicopters cant reach my boys have reached: General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, Lt Gen DR Soni. (ANI) 

02:29 Aug 20

49 IAF choppers deployed in flood-hit Kerala

02:14 Aug 20

Crop loss: Kerala begins buying from neighbours; losses to farm sector pegged over Rs 1000 crores

Kerala has started procuring vegetables and fruits from neighbouring states to fill the huge gap in availability to ensure adequate supply in the markets and relief camps. READ MORE HERE

02:14 Aug 20

A 19-year-old boy, committed suicide on finding his class twelve certificates destroyed in the devastation caused by the deadly monsoon in Kerala. READ STORY HERE

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CM Vijayan enquires about the welfare of migrant workers in the state

01:49 Aug 20

Idukki almost back to normal

01:46 Aug 20

SC judges will also contribute to Kerala flood relief fund, says CJI Dipak Misra

01:36 Aug 20

WATCH | Rescue ops in North Paravoor

01:02 Aug 20

Malayalis in Jharkhand cancel Onam fete, start donation drive

Kerala Samajam, comprising 3000 members, celebrates Onam in a grand manner every year, but this time no one is in a mood to rejoice. (PTI)

01:02 Aug 20

Hero Cycles to gift cycle to Anupriya, girl who donated her piggy bank saving for flood relief

The gesture of a nine year-old girl Anupriya from a town in Tamil Nadu to of four years meant for a bicylce, for Kerala flood relief has moved premier cycle manufacturer Hero Cycles, who has now promised her to gift the cycle of her dreams. 

12:06 Aug 20

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. (Photo | ANI Twitter)


12:04 Aug 20

Attention, train travellers

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WATCH | RAF personnel build makeshift bridge in Palakkad

12:02 Aug 20

WATCH | Midnight rescue ops in Thiruvalla

11:55 Aug 20

Free textbooks to be distributed for school students

Prof. C. Raveendranath, Minister for Education says: By 31 August, text books will be distributed. Students should come to schools and register for text books which they have lost in the floods. They have to register this month. If students have lost their valuable certificates in the flood - by 3rd September, they should register in their respective schools. Arrangements will be made at the earliest to issue the new certificates.

11:51 Aug 20

Parur: There are about 1000 people to be resued from four Panchayats, says MLA V D Satheesan

11:49 Aug 20

Chhattisgarh sends 25,000 quintal rice by train to flood-ravaged Kerala


11:48 Aug 20

Maharashtra dispatched 30 tons relief material to Kerala from Mumbai Airport through Indian Airforce flight on Sunday. An additional 5 tons will be sent today.

11:35 Aug 20
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Indigo aircraft also lands at INS Garuda

11:26 Aug 20

The 70-seater Alliance Air plane that landed at Kochi


 The first flight of the 70-seater Alliance Air plane that landed at Kochi has been booked full on its return leg to Bengaluru. Alliance Air is a subsidiary of the state-run carrier Air India. Other airlines are also likely to fly to Kochi. (Photo | Suresh Prabhu/ Twitter)

11:22 Aug 20

Union Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu tweets after first scheduled flight lands at Cochin INS Garuda

11:15 Aug 20

Nearly 80,000 people have been rescued by midnight; shifted to various rescue camps: Saji Cherian

The Chengannur MLA said: We have identified 60 spots for the next rescue operation. The initial Focus will be North Pandanad and we have identified five wards and we will send in five resue teams to these areas.

11:03 Aug 20

No relief camp has been set up in Pandanad panchayat as the area is completely flooded. (TV reports)

11:01 Aug 20

Chengannur: Pandanad panchayat fully submerged under water

Chengannur rescue operations expected for two more days; Pandanad area in focus.

10:36 Aug 20

Keralite sacked from Lulu Group International over insensitive remarks about flood victims

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. READ MORE HERE

10:34 Aug 20

Spread of fake news about the floods continues on social media

10:32 Aug 20

Indian NGO raises over USD 10,000 for Kerela Floods

Sewa International USA has raised over USD 10,000 towards the flood relief in Kerela, where nearly 200 people have died in devastating floods and thousands have lost lives and have been rendered homeless, the organisation said in a statement. (PTI)

10:30 Aug 20

Before you return home, think

“When you get back home, you are to mark the level of flood water on your walls with chalk or paint. This is highly crucial. Post the Great flood of ‘99, people failed to document and record the intensity and level of flood waters, says Muralee Thummarukudy, chief of Disaster Risk Reduction in the United Nations Environment Programme. READ MORE HERE

10:23 Aug 20

Commercial flight operations to Kochi resumes today

Commercial flight operations to flood-hit Kochi resumed today after the Navy activated its airstrips to accommodate small passenger aircraft. The first flight -- an Alliance Air ATR plane -- landed early this morning at the INS Garuda naval air station The main Kochi International Airport will remain closed till August 26th due to flooding in and around the main building.

09:10 Aug 20

The fishermen of the state have been credited for organising successful rescue ops

09:09 Aug 20


09:07 Aug 20

Kerala floods: As water retreats, victims stare at bleak future

On Day Five, flood-hit Kerala breathed easy. The sun came out after several days, water receded in many areas and thousands were rescued and brought to the relief camps. READ MORE HERE

09:05 Aug 20

Commercial flights will start operating from Kochi Naval Base today

Two special trains will run today to Kolkata from Trivandrum & Ernakulam. Train services expected to restore on all lines by today evening. Commercial flights will start operating from Kochi Naval Base. Government of India

09:04 Aug 20

13 deaths on Sunday, 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 yesterday in a press conference.


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  • Ajaya D

    At the end of each age (yuga) there will be a deluge and massive flooding. This is why Kerala, Karnataka and other places are flooded - so, now the Dark Age (Kaliyug) has ended! After 2 years a new Golden Age will start on planet Earth in 2020 - as per Mayan Long Count Calendar. It was predicted by ancient Maya astronomers in 400 BC at Izapa in Mexico!
    4 years ago reply
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