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Kerala floods: Will hold a discussion with Centre on UAE relief aid issue if need arises, says CM Vijayan

Kerala rains and floods: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has said that he will have a discussion with the Centre over the former's denial on accepting relief aid from UAE. He also thanked the armed forces for their exemplary show during rescue operations in flood-affected Kerala.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that if need be, he will hold discussions with the Centre over the former’s denial of a Rs 700 crore flood relief aid offered by UAE. “As soon as this (UAE) aid was announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that this was an indeed welcome gesture. Now with media reports, if need be, we will speak to the Prime Minister,” he told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Vijayan had said that UAE “cannot be considered as any other nation” as “Indians, especially Keralites, have contributed immensely in their nation-building”. Read more

In the past 14 years, India has refused aid from Russia, US and Japan for Uttarakhand floods in 2013, and for the Kashmir earthquake in 2005 and floods in Kashmir in 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit last week, had announced an assistance of Rs 500 crore in addition to the Rs 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Meanwhile, Southern Naval command Wednesday called off its 14-day long rescue operations in the flood-hit Kerala, saying there were no more requests for evacuation as waters receding in affected areas, PTI reported. It also said the Naval personnel rescued a total of 16,005 people during ‘Operation Madad’, launched on August 9 for assisting the state administration and undertaking disaster relief operations.

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Kerala CM will be personally visiting relief camps across the state to review their functioning

CMO tweeted out and said that Pinarayi Vijayan shall be visiting different relief camps in the state to review the functioning of the camps. He will personally visit camps in the worst hit-area Chengannur apart from Kozhencherry, Alappuzha, North Paravoor and Chalakudy. 

Nagaland Deputy CM meets Kerala CM, hands over cheque for relief operations

Nagaland Deputy CM Y Patton met Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday and gave a cheque on behalf of Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio for Kerala flood relief operations.  Nagaland has announced an assistance of Rs 1 crore to the Kerala CM Relief Fund. 

Income tax officials to donate one day salary for relief efforts in Kerala

Income tax officials have decided to donate their one-day salary to aid the relief operations in flood-hit Kerala, news agency PTI reported.

"The Indian Revenue Service Association (an all-India body) expresses its deep concern and empathy with the disaster affected people of Kerala facing unprecedented floods in the state," according to an official statement issued today.

The statement said that all officers of the Indian Revenue Service (IRSS) Association will contribute at least one day's salary towards the disaster relief for the affected people of Kerala.

"We hope that the people of Kerala will soon overcome the calamity," it said.

Eid in Kerala

Muslims collect fund for the victims of Kerala floods after offering prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. (PTI Photo) 

CJI Dipak Misra visits Kerala Flood Relief Collection Centre in Delhi

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra visits the Kerala Flood Relief Collection Centre at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Opposition's charges on opening of dams leading to floods "baseless": CM Vijayan

Vijayan has termed the Opposition leaders' charges that all dams were opened at once as "baseless". Idamalayar and Idukki dams were opened after proper inspection and deliberation with officials, he said.

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If need be, we will approach Centre on UAE relief aid issue: CM Vijayan

"I have come across reports that the Centre might not accept the funds promised by UAE for relief. If need be, we will approach the Prime Minsiter and have a discussion on it," said CM P Vijayan.

CM announces farewell for defence forces for their exemplary show in rescue operations

The Kerala government has decided to organise a farewell on August 26 to express its love & gratitude towards the various defence forces who helped in relief and rescue operations in the state, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.

CM thanks Indian crickters for dedicating their victory to the flood victims

The CM thanked the Indian cricketers for dedicating their victory in England to the victims of Kerala floods. He also expressed his delight to see children coming to front and donating their life savings towards the relief fund.

CM urges people to stay strong in this testing hour

CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the police, fireforce and health officials are actively working in the relief operations. He also urged those who have returned to see their homes destroyed in the floods to stay strong and that together they shall overcome this crisis.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan extends gratitude to security forces in rescue operations

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan extended his gratitude towards the security forces for undertaking the herculean task of rescue operations in flood-affected Kerala. Addressing a press conference,  he said that rescue operations are on the verge of completion. 

Indian Navy ends rescue operations in Kerala

The Southern Naval command today called off its 14-day long rescue operations in the flood-hit Kerala, saying there were no more requests for evacuation as waters receding in affected areas, news agency PTI reported.

It also said the Naval personnel rescued a total of 16,005 people during 'Operation Madad', launched on August 9 for assisting the state administration and undertaking disaster relief operations.

"The Southern Naval Command recalled all rescue teams deployed for #OperationMadad as flood waters receded and no more requests for rescue were received," a Defence release said here.

Virat Kohli dedicates Trent Bridge win to Kerala flood victims

Indian skipper Virat Kohli Wednesday dedicated his team's 203-run victory over England in the Trent Bridge test to the Kerala flood victims. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Virat said, "We, as a team, want to dedicate this win to the flood victims in Kerala. This is our bit we can do as the Indian cricket team. A tough time there. "

Financial assistance provided by the Centre to Kerala is disappointing: Former CM Ommen Chandy

'Unfortunately, I am sorry to say that the financial assistance announced by the Government of India is quite disappointing as far the magnitude of the crisis is concerned'- Former CM Ommen Chandy in a letter to PM Modi #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/J9fmfe0XWn— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2018

UAE cannot be considered any another nation, CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Centre move to decline aid offer

With the central government hesitant to accept the offer of Rs 700 crore made by crown prince of Abu Dhabi for relief and rehabilitation works in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that UAE “cannot be considered as any other nation” as “Indians, especially Keralites, have contributed immensely in their nation building.” Read more

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Shashi Tharoor meets UN officials, discusses relief operations in Kerala

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor held high-level briefings at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva on Aug 20-21 on Kerala floods to identify avenues through which international organisations,the UN & the Red Cross, can support relief, rehabilitation&rebuilding operations in Kerala. Read more

Actor Jayaram handing over new Onam clothes to flood affected at a relief camp in Ernakulam district. (Express photo)

Discussed UN visit with CM Vijayan, have passed on recommendations, says Shashi Tharoor

The Thiruvananthapuram MP said he informed CM Vijayan on the “utility of these discussions, their nature and purpose and the specific areas of priority for the Chief Minister.” He further stated that he wrote to the CM on the impressions gained from his briefings with UN agencies in Geneva and the possible course of actions for the state, if required.

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Hit by landslides, Idukki district remains cut off for seventh day

Kerala’s Idukki district in the Western Ghats, one of the most affected regions in the unprecedented rains, remained cut off from the mainland for the seventh day with all major roads either buried or washed away in landslides. Unlike other flood-hit regions in Kerala, what led to the massive destruction in Idukki was landslides.

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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan greeted the people of Kerala on the occasion of Eid

Vishwanathan Anand pledges to donate for Kerala flood victims

A live show conducted on the ChessBase India Youtube Channel by Nihal Sarin has India's first grandmaster and five-time World Champion Vishwanathan Anand pledging to donate Rs 15,000 which will be donated to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund for the Kerala floods. The live show will be conducted on August 22.

Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund has received Rs 210 cr, says Thomas Isaac

Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund has so far received Rs 210 cr. This is in addition to the pledge for financial assistance of Rs 160 crores. We feel humbled by this overwhelming response and pledge to to strive to meet your expectations, said Kerala's finance minister Thomas Isaac.

Water levels at Idukki and Idamalayar as of 6 am

Eid-al-Adha celebrated in Kerala

A man dries books on a sunny day after the flood in Kerala's Chalakudy at Thrissur. ( Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

Clear sky at Cochin as flood water begins to recede in places. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Kerala floods | Hike central aid to Rs 2,000 crore: Sitaram Yechury to PM Modi

Arguing that the flood relief of Rs 500 crore announced by the Centre for Kerala was “grossly inadequate”, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday wrote to PM Narendra Modi asking the government to increase the assistance to Rs 2,000 crore and seek the help of United Nations’ aid agencies for rebuilding homes in the state.

Yechury wrote that massive resources would be required for rehabilitation of people. He demanded that “substantial funds” be released under Pradhan Mantri Awaz Yojana for building homes, deployment of personnel of NHAI and other central agencies to help rebuild communication networks and waiver of duties on medical equipment sent by organisations abroad.

Pune division of Railways sends 4 tonnes of relief material to Thiruvanathapuram

Continuing its efforts to help flood-affected Kerala, Pune Division of the Indian Railways on Tuesday sent four tonnes of relief material, including food, clothes and medicines, to Thiruvananthapuram. Last week, the Pune division had sent a train with 29 wagons filled with drinking water to Kayamkulam in coastal part of Kerala, as the state faced severe shortage of drinking water. An empty train with 18 coaches, all general bogey, was also sent to Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. This is third such relief material sent by the division.

It may be noted here that Central Railway has already sent potable water in 14 wagons to Kerala, besides sending 27,000 kg of relief material to Kerala by different trains.

Kochi airport operations likely to resume on August 26

The seventh largest airport in the country, in terms of passenger traffic, sees almost 55 per cent of its traffic from international passengers. Following the closure of the airport, some airlines have moved their Kochi operations to nearby airports such as Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

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Railway minister Piyush Goyal appeals to employees to donate their one-day salary

Kerala is likely to get around Rs 200 crore from Railways after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday appealed to the national transporter’s 13 lakh employees across 16 zones to voluntarily donate a day’s salary for the cause. 

Pitching in for flood relief in Kerala

Mizoram offered Rs 2 crore aid for Kerala. While J&K Bank staffers will be contributing Rs 11 crore to the Kerala relief fund. BJP MPs, MLAs and MLCs from Jammu and Kashmir will donate a month’s salary, J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina said. As many as 500 full-time party workers will also work as volunteers in flood-affected areas of Kerala.

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Five out of 6 people from Kerala are living in Middle East, mostly in UAE

“There are around 3.8 million Keralites working in the Middle East, of whom 70-80% are in Saudi Arabia and the UAE together,” said Harikrishnan Namboothiripad, CEO of Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs (NORKA), a state government department. 

On the other hand, the 2016 Kerala Migration Survey puts the number of migrant workers from Kerala at 2.2 million, 90% of them in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. This is down from 2.4 million migrants in the 2014 survey, conducted by the Centre for Development Studies (CDS). Another CDS survey found that Keralites abroad sent home Rs 71,000 crore in 2014; and these reached 16.6% — 1 of every 6 — of all households in the state.

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Snake warning issued in Thiruvananthapuram

As flood-hit people started returning from relief camps, many reported the presence of poisonous snakes at their houses. These are believed to have come from forests. In Ernakulam district, where more than 1 lakh people returned home on Tuesday, a private hospital said it had attended to several cases of snake bite since the flood.

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A couple being rescued via boat by locals near Aluva

Kerala floods: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had pegged the loses incurred by the state at Rs 19,512 crore so far. Over 200 people were killed since August 8 in the floods and thousands have been displaced in Kerala. Over 10.78 lakh people, including 2.12 lakh women and 1 lakh children below 12 years of age, are taking shelter in 3,200 relief camps. A special assembly session will be held on August 30 to discuss relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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