Kerala flood toll reaches 370, rescue operations continue

Erika Holt
August 20, 2018

North and central Kerala has been worst-hit by the floods with the global airport in main city of Kochi shut until at least August 26. The service has been extended only to small passenger aircraft as of now.

The deadliest deluge in Kerala in close to a century has claimed 194 lives since August 8.

"I am close to the church in Kerala, which is on the front lines in providing aid to the people", Francis said.

Mr Anil Vasudevan of Kerala's health department said it is preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps.

With more downpours on the way, the government has dispatched multiple military units and state officials are pleading for additional help.

Around 22,000 people were rescued today in the operations launched by the defence personnel, national and state disaster response forces, fishermen and local people. Tons of relief material is being transported to Kerala and distributed across the state. Further, as per IMD forecast, rainfall is expected to recede further barring in one or two districts.The meeting was attended by Secretaries of Central Ministries including Home, Health, Civil Aviation, Food Processing, Telecom, Water Resources and Senior Officers of Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, NDRF, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC) and other senior officers. Food and essential commodities are being airdropped wherever weather conditions are conducive. More than 6,900 life jackets, 3,000 life buoys, 167 inflatable tower lights, 2,100 raincoats, 1,300 gumboots and 153 chain saws have been provided as per the request of the State Government.

Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani issued a directive to allocate $ 5 million (Rs 34.89 crore) in aid of those affected by the floods that recently hit the southern Indian state of Kerala, to help provide shelter to those who lost their homes as a result of the humanitarian crisis, the daily reported. Railways informed that trains have been running to Thiruvananthapuram via Erode and Madurai.

The Cochin Naval Base will be opened for commercial flights from Monday. The state-run Kerala State Road Transport Corp also restarted operations on the MC Road to Kottayam.

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HSI India is also coordinating with the collector of the districts and government veterinary hospitals to assist and to accommodate animals across Kerala. I appeal people not fall prey to misinformation campaign.

"Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years".

Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called this current flood "the worst monsoon disaster since 1924".

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In Vatican City on Sunday, Pope Francis held a moment of silence during his noontime blessing to pray for Kerala flood victims.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a brief air inspection tour of the state on Saturday and announced an immediate grant of almost 5 billion rupees, $75 million (€63 million).

The leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala of the Congress, offered "full cooperation" to the state government in the next phase too.

The Prime Minister directed the National Highways Authority of India to fix the main national highways damaged due to the floods on a priority basis.

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