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Kerala rains HIGHLIGHTS: Red alert issued in several districts as death toll climbs to 37

Kerala rains HIGHLIGHTS: As the death toll reached 37 in Kerala floods, CM Pinarayi Vijayan undertook an aerial survey of the rain-affected parts in the state. An aid of Rs 4 lakh has been announced for families of deceased, even as 11 out of 14 districts remain under water.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2018 2:24:08 am
Kerala rains LIVE, kerala rains, kerala landslide, kerala dam, periyar river, idukki dam, kerala floods, Idduki dam gates, floods in kerala, heavy rain in kerala, south west monsoon, Indian Express, kerala news An aeriel view of the floods in Aluva after heavy rains, in Kerala on Friday, Aug 10, 2018. (PTI Photo)

As the death toll climbed to 37 in rain-affected Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday undertook an aerial survey of flood-ravaged districts of the state. More than 11 out of 14 districts in the southern Indian state are under water due to incessant rains in the last three days. NDRF, Army and other forces are working on a war footing to rescue people from flood-affected areas as the overall situation remains grave.

On Saturday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to release sufficient funds to the Kerala Government. Meanwhile, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has also appealed to all to contribute generously to restore life in the state. He has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of deceased and Rs 10 lakh to those who lost their property in the Floods. The CM is visiting the flood-affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode & Malappuram districts.

The centre has assured all assistance to the state government after. The South-West monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala, with heavy rains battering the southern state for the last three days. For the first time in the last 26 years, all five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam–a part of Idukki hydel reservoir system– were opened. Idukki dam is one of the largest arch dams in Asia. Besides, more than 24 dams across the state have also been opened to drain out excess water.

A total of 11,713 people have been shifted to 73 relief camps across the state. Read in MALAYALAM

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00:36 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan tweets asking people to donate

Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan asks for donations to help and support Kerala flood victims

00:06 (IST)12 Aug 2018
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority tweeted the current flow at the Idduki reservoir
00:03 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Heavy rains in Telangana; CM asks officials to be alert

Meanwhile, in Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asked officials to be alert and supervise relief measures in parts of the state which witnessed heavy rains on Saturday, PTI reported. Rao spoke to Chief Secretary S K Joshi on the situation arising out of heavy rains and suggested that special officials be appointed in districts where the impact of rains was heavy, to guide relief operations, a release from the chief minister's office said.

22:31 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Kerala CM says it will take a long time to rebuild affected areas
21:05 (IST)11 Aug 2018
CM Pinarayi Vijayan seeks help from Keralites living abroad

Here is the full text of Vijaya's post on Facebook:

Kerala is experiencing an unprecedented situation due to heavy and continuous downpour and resultant floods and natural calamity. The state mechanism is effectively engaging in the damage control. We need enormous help and liberal support from the NRI community across the globe. I appeal members and collaborators of Lokakerala Sabha and Norka Roots to extend your generous support and assistance to bring back our brethren to normalcy and the flood-ravaged areas to stability.

The state is facing an extraordinary crisis due to catastrophic natural calamities that claimed 29 lives in a span of three days. Agricultural loss alone counts to crores of rupees. Hundreds of houses were damaged. Several roads and bridges are to be reconstructed.

It will take many months to bring back people and the state to normalcy. This is the moment to rise to the occasion and to prove our commitment, humanity and compassion to the state and our people.

* Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS) is a common platform for Keralites living across the globe.

20:32 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Rainfall activity over Kerala likely to increase: IMD

Rainfall activity over Kerala, Karnataka and Ghat areas of Tamil Nadu is likely to increase in the intensity once again during 12th-14th August in association with a fresh surge of monsoon westerlies. According to IMD data available, rain/thundershowers were observed at a few places over Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, along with some other areas.

19:54 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Kerala tomorrow

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala on Sunday to take stock of the situation in the southern state, reports PTI. Tourism Minister KJ Alphons and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs will accompany him.

19:14 (IST)11 Aug 2018
11,713 people in 73 camps

As per latest updates, 11,713 people are there in 73 camps. Due to incessant rains and flood-like situation, people have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps.

18:42 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Death toll in Kerala floods reaches 37, five persons missing

At least 37 people have lost their lives in Kerala floods, as per latest update from the State Disaster Management Authority. Five people were reported to be missing.

18:12 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Kerala CM visited a relief camp in Ernakulam today

17:53 (IST)11 Aug 2018
29 people have lost their lives so far. 11 out of 14 districts in the state remain under water.
17:29 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan appeals to all to contribute generously to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund
16:46 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Bridge constructed by Defence Security Corps in Wayanad
16:24 (IST)11 Aug 2018
IMD issues red alert for Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram, Calicut

Red Alert for Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram, Calicut till Aug 12 & Orange alert till Aug 14, reports ANI. Orange alert for Kasaragod till Aug 13, have been issued by India Meteorological Department.

16:01 (IST)11 Aug 2018
PM Modi has talked to Kerala CM and assured all possible help: Union Min KJ Alphons

Union Minister KJ Alphons told ANI that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also spoken to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on the grave situation due to floods and rains in the state. He said 11 out of 14 districts in Kerala are under water. Govt of India has sent armed forces & they have been on the ground for past 3 days & have been helping state govt administration. NDRF teams have also been sent, he said.

15:53 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Be it humans or animals, NDRF to the rescue
15:28 (IST)11 Aug 2018
IMD issues Red Alert for Idukki, Wayanad, Kannur

Red Alert has been issued for Idukki & Wayanad till Aug 14 & Orange alert till Aug 15, reports ANI. India Meteorological Department has issued Red Alert for Kannur till Aug 13 & Orange alert till Aug 15.

15:27 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Kerala CM Vijayan to visit relief camps in Ernakulam

15:14 (IST)11 Aug 2018
Relief camps set up in different parts of the state
14:46 (IST)11 Aug 2018
6 people including 3 children rescued by NDRF from a village in Mananthavady Taluk in Wayanad district

Kerala rains HIGHLIGHTS: Kerala State Disaster Management Authority issued a red alert to make necessary preparations for the authorities for evacuation of people in vulnerable areas in case of a water surge. An orange alert was sounded on June 30 at the dam after water level in the reservoir reached 167 metres.

Of the total deaths, 11 people died in Idukki district, five in Malappuram district, three in Wayanad, two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode, said a home ministry spokesperson. NDRF teams have been deployed in various flood-affected districts -- Ernakulum (1), Alappuzha (1), Wayanad (1), Kozhikode (2) and Palakkad (1) to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief work. An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the central government will also visit flood-affected areas in Kerala, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state.

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore to rain-ravaged Kerala as a mark of support to the neighbouring state. Due to a steady rise in the water level in the Idukki reservoir, one of the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, one of the largest arch dams in Asia, was opened as part of a trial run. People living near the banks of the Periyar and in low-lying areas have been asked to exercise caution as a result of the release of the sluice gates.

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