More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps set up across the state, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management office said. Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, told Reuters that authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago.
Meanwhile, for the first time since August 9, no red alert has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for any of Kerala’s 14 districts. However, the weather forecast for Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts predicted heavy rains at isolated places. Kerala continues to remain on edge as the death toll since August 8 has climbed to 194. In a boost for rescue and relief operations in the flood-ravaged state, flight operations are set to resume from Kochi Naval Base from tomorrow.
Kerala floods and rains: Rescue and relief operations continue in full swing. Read in Malayalam, Tamil
Security checks are underway at Garuda Naval base in Kochi
Security checks are underway at Garuda Naval base in Kochi where a commercial flight is coming in after 18 years.
Mamata Banerjee announces Rs 10 crore for Kerala flood relief
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that West Bengal government will contribute Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister’s relief fund in view of the devastating flood in the state. “My heart goes out to the people of Kerala battling #KeralaFloods In this hour of crisis, to stand beside the flood-affected people of Kerala, we have decided to make a contribution of Rs Ten Crore to the Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund,” Mamata tweeted. READ MORE HERE
Kerala govt to compensate fisherman for assisting in relief works
CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced that the Government will honour fishing workers who were part of the rescue mission. All boats will be granted ₹3000 for each day of their work. Government will also bear the repairing costs of boats damaged during the mission. #KeralaFloods— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 19, 2018
Maharashtra govt sets up 24×7 relief centre
Maharashtra government has set up a 24×7 Kerala Relief Desk at government headquarters, Mantralay, in Mumbai. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to expedite the process of providing relief and rehabilitation to flood-ravaged Kerala. A decision has been taken to send a team of 50 doctors, led by Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, to Kerala. The team will leave on Monday. The medical team is part of the emergency drive to provide immediate treatment in wake of the fear of epidemic outbreak due to floods. READ MORE
Mumbai sends 30 ton relief material to Kerala, 70 doctors to reach on Monday
Special cargo flight carrying another 30 ton of relief material including food from Mumbai was dispatched to flood-hit Kerela on Sunday evening. Yesterday 6.5 tonnes of relief material was dispatched. A medical team comprising of 70 doctors will reach Kerela on Monday.
Chief Ministers of Manipur and Assam expressed thier grief at the loss of lives in Kerala
Manipur Chief Minister tweeted: "People of Manipur stand in solidarity with the people of Kerala, may you find comfort in knowing that the rest of India stand with you. The people of Manipur pray for you and extending a sum of Rs 2 crore to relief funds from the state."
Assam CM Sarbanand Sonwal also expressed his grief at the loss of lives & large scale damage to property due to floods in Kerala and announced Rs 3 crore financial assistance to the Govt of Kerala for rescue & relief operations.
Fake news on Whatsapp gripping Kerala amid flood rescue efforts?
An imposter allegedly adorned the Indian Army uniform and has been spreading misinformation regarding the IAF efforts across Kerala.
Imposter wearing Army combat uniform in video spreading disinformation about rescue & relief efforts. Every effort by all & #IndianArmy aimed to overcome this terrifying human tragedy.Forward disinformation about #IndianArmy on WhatsApp +917290028579. We are at it #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/ncUR7tCkZW— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 19, 2018
TVS&Sons CEO donates Rs 1 crore to CMRDF
TVS &Sons CEO Mr.Raghavan handed over Rs 1 crore to CM Pinarayi Vijayan today at Trivandrum along with two containers that are coming from Madurai with food and basic amenities.
Palakkad locals are reconstructing the main road in a village
Kerala: Locals in Palakkad's Alathur village are reconstructing the main road near Venganoor bridge, washed due to rain, by contributing money. Locals say 'Authority says it'll take 6-7 months to complete paperwork for construction. Don't know when will permanent road be built.' pic.twitter.com/dbAKwnCE7X— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
UAE-based tycoons pledge Rs 125 million for deluge-hit Kerala
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 stated PTI. Nearly 200 people have lost their lives in Kerala since August 8 due to floods caused by rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.
Train services expected to be restored, commercial flights to begin operation from Monday
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
Uttar Pradesh DGP urges his colleagues in the police dept to donate one day's salary to Kerala
Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh appeals to UP Police to voluntarily donate one day salary for Kerala flood victims. He says, "Over 300 people have lost their lives in #KeralaFloods. It's a national calamity and we all need to think how we can help the people of Kerala." pic.twitter.com/1KEd0tmYfp— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 19, 2018
50,000 million tonnes of food grains provided in Kerala, more to be sent: Indian Government
The Dept of Food & Public Distribution has provided 50,000 million tonnes (MT) of food grains. The Dept of Consumer Affairs has made arrangements to airlift 100 metric tonnes of pulses by tomorrow with additional quantities to be sent by train: Government of India #KeralaFloods— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Manipur government announces Rs 2 crore donation to Kerala
The Manipur government on Sunday donated Rs 2 crore as flood relief for the victims of Kerala hit by days of incessant rainfall and massive floods. "People of Manipur stand in solidarity with the people of Kerala, may you find comfort in knowing that the rest of India stand with you. The people of Manipur pray for you and extending a sum of Rs 2 crore to relief funds from the state, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said.
Sushma Swaraj announces passports damaged in floods to be renewed for free
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to announce that all passports damaged in the Kerala floods will be renewed free of cost by the central government.
There are unprecedented floods in Kerala causing huge damage. We have decided that as the situation becomes normal, passports damaged on account floods shall be replaced free of charge. Please contact the concerned Passport Kendras. #KeralaFloods Pls RT— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 12, 2018
Various political party workers in the state toil relentlessly to provide victims with food, stock and other materials
As per ANI, Seva Bharati, RSS' community service unit is carrying out rescue&relief ops across state. A unit member says 'We stock materials&transport it via trucks&trains.We started this on 15 Aug&will continue as long as it's required'. CPI (M) cadres also continue working in camps to provide relief.
Vehicles carrying relief food and other material stuck on Palakkad-Thrissur National Highway since 2 days
Heavy vehicles carrying vegetables and other essential materials from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are struck for the past two days in Palakkad- Thrissur National Highway after Kuthiran stretch became unmotorable following heavy landslide.
Relief camps in Mumbai work on collecting donations to help Kerala flood victims
Odisha CM contributes additional Rs 5 crore to Kerala
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced monetary help of additional Rs 5 crore to the earlier sanctioned Rs 5 crore for Kerala as well as polythene sheets worth Rs 8 crore to be sent to the state
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
As water starts receeding in Kerala, the real picture comes out
Donate 10 per cent of Eid budget to Kerala: Islamic Centre of India
The Islamic Centre of India has appealed to Muslims to at least donate 10 per cent of their Eid-ul-Adha budget for flood-ravaged Kerala. "Bakr-Eid is a festival which symbolises sacrifice in the real sense. This time, it is the flood-affected people of Kerala who need our support," he said.
23, 213 people rescued in Kerala, 159 rescued in Karnataka suggests IAF consolidates report
According to a report released by the Indian Armed Forces showcasing the consolidated flood relief rescue efforts, nearly 23, 213 people were rescued and 2000 people were provided medical aid. 104 Navy boats, 110 Army boats and more than 200 rescue teams were deployed for operations in Kerala.
In Karnataka, 159 persons were rescued with the help of Army and Navy while air operations were not conducted due to bad weather.
Indian citizens come out in support of Kerala flood victims in Vatican city
Water in areas across flood-hit Kerala starts receeding, roads become clearer
Pope Francis prays for Kerala flood victims
Pope Francis prayed for Kerala flood victims at the Angelus on Sunday. “In recent days,” he noted, “the inhabitants of Kerala have been harshly struck by intense rains, which have caused flooding and landslides, with heavy loss of human life, with many people missing and displaced, with extensive damage to crops and homes.”
Rainfall to decrease gradually in the next 5 days: IMD
Qatar government allocates Rs 35 crore for flood-ravaged Kerala
Wishing speedy recovery to the state, Tamim Bin Hamad's government in Qatar extended help to the flood victims in Kerala.
Under HH the Amir @TamimBinHamad directives, $5 million has been allocated to the flood victims of #Kerala. We extend our sincere condolences to the victims’ families & to the Indian people, many who have contributed to Qatar’s development & wishing the injured a speedy recovery.— عبدالله بن ناصر بن خليفة آل ثاني (@ANK_AlThani) August 18, 2018
Air Marshal provides the count of relief material and people rescued in the state
On 18 Aug, 18 sorties were carried out & 99 survivors were brought. Total 526 survivors have been winched up. 29 tonnes of total relief material air dropped, so far. 47,125 kg of food items & medicines distributed: Air Marshal B Suresh, Southern Air Command. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/7V5U2EYjWu— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Authorities fear outbreak of diseases in relief camps
Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago.
Telanagana Home Minister donates Rs 25 crore to Pinarayi Vijayan
Telangana Home Minister donated Rs 25 crore and handed over the cheque to Pinarayi Vijayan and also said that 50 RO machines would be airlifted to Kerala soon.
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
CMO assures even the last person stranded will be rescued; not to flood helpline numbers with misleading information
Pinarayi Vijayan's office tweeted urging requestees to not provide erroneous information about people stranded assuring that every person will be rescued.
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
Indian Navy spokesperson tweets 'Kerala is Janmabhoomi'
#OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaFloods2018 "If IOR is our Karmbhoomi, then Kerala is our Janmabhoomi" - Adm Sunil Lanba CNS. A frontline Delhi class Destroyer INS Mysore being readied for desptach to Kochi. Relief material and provisions being loaded in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/XKTC3UJwZE— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) August 19, 2018
Railways announces free transportation cost of sending relief material
Indian railways issued a set of guidelines allowing all government organisations as well as private bodies to transport relief material to flood-ravaged Kerala for free. However, non-government organisations have to be vetted by divisional railway managers in order to avail this provision, said the guidelines issued Saturday.
Relief material reaches Kerala
Pastor donates land for people to bury their dead
Samuel's decision to offer 25 cents of his land in Adoor in Pathanamthitta district for people to bury their dead is winning hearts. "Anyone irrespective of religion, caste, creed, class or sex can be buried on my land," he said. Read more
West Bengal govt to give Rs 10 crore for Kerala flood relief
Bollywood celebs including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan contribute towards Kerala flood relief
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 ..🙏
President Ram Nath Kovind enquires about flood situation in Kerala
#PresidentKovind expressed satisfaction that the Union and state governments were working together and 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
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 19, 2018