The state of Kerala has been witnessing acute flood situation since past few days owing to incessant rain, the death toll in Kerala flood has increased to 94. Thirty-Three dams have been opened across Kerala and more rains have been in forecast till Saturday.
Eleven people are missing, 41 injured, 165538 people are in 1155 relief camps, 2857 houses damaged and 3393 hectares of crop loss, reported news agency ANI
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed the people for their generous contributions to battle the worst floods faced by Kerala in nearly a century.
Very serious situation is prevailing in the state as nearly all villages are flood affected. I had a telephonic conversation with PM, HM and Defence minister, they have offered all support. More helicopters to be deployed soon: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/nFkLVNDSe6
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2018
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Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been asked to mobilize additional manpower, boats and helicopters to scale up the rescue and relief operations. Food packets and drinking water are also being rushed.
Earlier today, NDRF teams evacuated 926 persons to a safer place at Pathamithitta, Kozzhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Alappuzha. Army also built a 35-feet long bridge and rescued around 100 people including children and senior citizens from Malampuzha’s Valiyakadu village.
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The Indian Coast Guard has also mobilised ten teams to assist District Disaster Management Authority in evacuating people from the flood-affected areas. The Coast Guard relief teams have been placed at Patanamthitta, Munanbam, Aranmula, Idukki, Ferok-Calicut, and Allepy respectively whereas two relief teams each have been dispatched for Aluva and Chengannur. The teams are equipped with Gemini Boats for evacuating the stranded people especially women, children and senior citizens.
Centre launches massive rescue & relief operations in #Kerala; Cabinet Secy chairs a high-level meeting on PM @narendramodi’s instructions; Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard & NDRF asked to mobilize additional manpower, boats & helicopters to scale up rescue and relief operations pic.twitter.com/v1CklKVZ7S
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans rescued senior citizens in Arattupuzha village of Thrissur district. Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss flood situation in the state.
People have taken it to twitter and posted a lot of videos of the acute flood situation:
It’s not the scenic backwater of the Gods Own Country, but the busiest Cochin Intl Airport. #Rain Fury at # Kerala pic.twitter.com/l3HhXOGZTt
— Dhinesh Kallungal (@Dinesh_TNIE) August 15, 2018
#Comk #ChasingMonsoon The Raging #AthirapallyFalls amidst pouring #Rains as Ghats of #Kerala witness another day of heavy rains #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/hCyTmYZcms
— Chennairains (@ChennaiRains) August 14, 2018
The shutters of #IdukkiDam opened after 26 Years due to over flow of water bcs of heavy Rain across Kerala.
Historical moment though little panic too! pic.twitter.com/cb5uuZloFf
— Unaɪse Reborn (@unnuviews) August 9, 2018
#Kerala #KeralaFlood Athirapally pic.twitter.com/LkiQZtTOZ1
— Dooringtalkies (@solomonsnape) August 14, 2018
Horrible visuals of landslide in Kottiyoor, Kannur district. This visuals will make us aware how drastic the situation in Kerala is. Hope the man who shot this video is safe. #KeralaFloods @dhanyarajendran @legaljournalist @varier_megha @jamewils pic.twitter.com/gTzQ3WCXVE
— M.Unnikrishnan (@unnis_m) August 16, 2018