Kerala flood Live Updates: Death toll rises to 324, PM Modi leaves for state to take stock of situation

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New Delhi | Updated:Aug 17, 2018 10:31:25 pm

Kerala flood rain weather live updates: In a noble gesture, telecom operators like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and BSNL have offered free calls and extended bill payment due dates for the customers in Kerala

Kerala flood rain weather liveKerala rains Live Updates: Incessant rain has caused massive floods, one of the worst in the state’s history, which have taken around 100 lives since August 8.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit rain-ravaged Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in God’s own country. PM Modi will visit the southern state once the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee is over in Delhi. Incessant rain has caused massive floods, one of the worst in the state’s history, which have taken around 100 lives since August 8. Life in the state has virtually come to a halt after the public transport has been forced to stop in many parts of the state. Flight operations in Cochin International Airport in Kochi were suspended till August 26.

In a noble gesture, telecom operators like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and BSNL have offered free calls and extended bill payment due dates for the customers in Kerala.

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    22:31 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Authorities have directed to reserve fuel for relief operations

    Authorities have directed each of these fuel bunks to keep in reserve 3,000 litres of diesel and 1,000 litres of petrol at all times for relief operations. Local fishermen have also joined in the rescue mission with their boats and could be seen evacuating those marooned in places like Aluva, Kalady, Perumbavoor, Muvattupuzha and Chalakudy. Several roads in the hill district of Idukki, including in picturesque Munnar, have been badly damaged from a string of landslides. Wayanad, among the worst-hit by the floods, is cut off from the rest of Kerala.

    21:16 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Women and Child Development Ministry co-ordinates with Kerala govt to deliver 100 metric tonnes of ready-to-eat food packets to the flood-affected children

    The Women and Child Development Ministry is coordinating with the Air Force and Kerala government to deliver 100 metric tonnes of ready-to-eat food packets to the flood-affected children in the state, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said today. The floods, Kerala's deadliest in close to a century, have claimed 173 lives since August 8. According to sources, 106 people were killed in just one day yesterday. "To aid distressed children stuck in this massive calamity, I have arranged 100 MT of ready-to-eat food. Have also assured the state government for more supplies," Gandhi said in a tweet. "Deeply anguished by the critical condition of Kerala. I have asked my team to extend full support to the Government of Kerala in rescue and relief operations," she said.

    20:01 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    PM Modi leaves for Kerala

    'Leaving for Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state,' tweets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    19:43 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Death toll rises to 324

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in a tweet gives an update on the situation. He tweeted that the death toll has risen to 324. 223139 people are in about over 1500 relief camps. 

    18:43 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Flooding in various parts of Kerala continues
    17:55 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announces Rs. 10 relief for Kerala

    Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced Rs. 10 crores worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala. Rs 5 crores is being transferred from CM's relief fund & remaining Rs 5 crores will be in form of ready-to-eat food material & other supplies-ANI

    17:44 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Indian Army has total 10 flood rilief columns in Kerala
    17:36 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Streets flooded in Ernakulam

    Streets flooded in Ernakulam's Velloorkunnam following heavy and incessant rainfall. 

    17:32 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Rescue operation by NDRF team in Muvattupuzha

    People being rescued by NDRF team in Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam.

    17:18 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    VVS Laxman shares resue camps information
    17:09 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    NDRF evacuated 183 people from Kozhencherry

    NDRF teams evacuated 183 people from village Kozhencherry/Pathanamthitta.

    16:59 (IST)17 Aug 2018
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    16:52 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Actor Salim Kumar and family reached out for help

    Actor Salim Kumar and family reached out for help as water flooded their home, according to news reports. Located close to the Kodungalloor Paravur, Aalammavu Junction, the actor's residence was also sheltering 30 persons. Speaking to local news TV channels, the actor said that all people including himself had to move to the second floor of the house for safety

    16:48 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Road clearing at Kumily after landslides

    Roads being cleared in Kumily after traffic movement was affected due to landslides.

    16:44 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Worst flood in 100 years, CM leading relief efforts: CPI (M)

    As the worst flood in nearly 100 years wreak havoc on Kerala, the CM himself is leading the State-wide relief efforts. Ministers are monitoring the situation closely. People’s representatives of the Party are on the ground leading relief work: CPI (M)

    16:39 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    False campaign of fuel shortage in Kerala; heavy rush at filling stations

    Heavy rush at fuel stations as false campaign is circulating to convey that petrol is in short supply across Kerala. People are in panic mode due to this.

    16:37 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Navy helicopters reach Chengannur

    According to local news reports, Navy helicopters have reached Chengannur, asks people to display or wave white or red cloth so that they can spot them 

    16:35 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Kerala Finance Minister holds baby during rescue operations
    16:34 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Pinarayi Vijayan seeks more aid from Centre

    Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday called PM Narendra Modi again, seeking more aid for the state. He also sought additional Army personnel and helicopters.

    16:20 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    PM Modi to visit Kerala today
    16:14 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Car showroom immersed in Thrissur
    16:11 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    37 journalists trapped in Cheruthoni

    According to news18 Kerala report, there are 37 journalists trapped in Cheruthoni

    16:10 (IST)17 Aug 2018

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    16:09 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    37 journalists trapped in Cheruthoni
    According to news18 Kerala report, there are 37 journalists trapped in Cheruthoni 
    15:59 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Rescued by Navy, Sajita gives birth to a boy

    Sajita Jabeel, a 25 year old pregnant woman who was rescued by Navy from a flooded village in Kerala's Aluva, has given birth to a boy.

    15:45 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Vehicles stuck on the Kochi-Salem National highway

    Local news teams report that all vehicles on the Kochi-Salem National highway, which is in front of Kalamassery Apollo Tyres, has come to a complete standstill. The local reports cite that the key reason for this is due to the possibility of water-logged road ahead.

    13:52 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Kerala flood: SC order on Mullaperiyar Dam

    The Supreme Court has asked the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and a sub-committee set up by Kerala to deal with the flood situation in the state to coordinate and explore the possibility of reducing the water level at the Mullaperiyar Dam by three feet.

    13:44 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Breaking news from Gujarat

    Roads in Ahmedabad waterlogged following heavy rains

    13:19 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Kerala flood: SC seeks report from LDF govt

    Supreme Court has asked Kerala to take appropriate steps while releasing water at Mullaperiyar dam so that people are not affected. It has sought report from Kerala on steps taken on disaster management and rehabilitation measures.

    13:04 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Kerala: SC steps in

    Supreme Court has asked National Crisis Management Committee and Kerala's sub-committee to explore reducing Mullaperiyar Dam water level to 139 feet. The top court has asked Kerala and Tamil Nadu to abide by National Crisis Management Committee's directions on rehabilitation and water level reduction.

    12:49 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Kerala weather today: Heavy rainfall, gusty winds predicted

    A weather report at 7 a.m has predicted heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds in various parts of the state today. Winds at the speed of 60 kmph is expected in Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts, the report said.

    12:41 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Karnataka floods

    Meanwhile in Karnataka, Kodagu-Mangalore highway has been blocked in Makanur area due to multiple landslides triggered due to heavy incessant rainfall in the region. Locals say 'it is not possible to move, people are stuck in their houses, I have not seen such rainfall before'

    12:35 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    NDRF teams in Kerala

    Five units of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) have reached Thiruvananthapuram this morning and deployed for rescue operations. 35 teams are expected to reach Thiruvananthapuram today.

    12:32 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    PM Modi to visit Kerala
    12:28 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Kerala flood updates: Rescue operation is on

    Four Capital Ships of Indian Coast Guard have reached Kochi and joined the Disaster and Relief Team. 24 teams are already working in flood affected villages. Indian Coast Guard so far has rescued 1764 people and guided 4688 people to safer locations.

    12:25 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    We are landlocked, says Quick Reaction Team

    "We are landlocked as all roads leading out of Madikeri are blocked due to multiple landslides, we are unable to move to save people," said PRS Chetan, Civil Defense QRT (quick reaction team) on landslides on Kodagu-Kushalnagar road.

    12:23 (IST)17 Aug 2018
    Death toll reaches 167: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that death toll in Kerala due to floods has risen to 167.