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Kerala Rains Live Updates: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announces Rs 5 crore

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With the death toll rocketing to 324 in Kerala due to floods in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a step forward to oversee the rescue operations on Saturday. Modi arrived in Kochi on Saturday and did an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas along with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. After chairing a high-level meeting with the officials, he announced Rs 500 crores as interim relief assistance for Kerala.

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Along with that, the Premier also announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the PM’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

Kerala Rains Live Updates August 18:

8:15 PM:

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announces Rs 5 crore.

7:09 PM:

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur announces Rs 5 crore.

6:07 PM:

UP DGP appeals personnel to donate one-day salary.

5:46 PM:

Madhya Pradesh has released Rs 10 crore for flood-hit Kerala.

5:45 PM:

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis announces 20 crore assistance for flood-hit Kerala.

4:27 PM:

Red Alert issued for today in 11 districts. Heavy rainfall predicted for the day in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod: Pinarayi Vijayan.

3:10 PM:

Delhi govt donates Rs 10 crore, AAP ministers send one month salary.

2:30 PM:

Expect heavy rainfall for the next two days, predicts IMD:

The Indian Metereological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall for the next two days. Rain has already intensified in Kochi and central districts of Kerala. It said, a circulation has formed in north Bay of Bengal which will have an impact on Kerala and heavy rain will continue today and tomorrow (Sunday) in the flood-hit state, reports Indian Express.

2:25 PM:

Maharashtra sends drinking water via trains to Kerala. The first instalment of seven lakh litre was sent today from Pune.

Kerala floods - Drinking Water Train
Kerala floods – Drinking Water Train (Image: Indian Express)
Kerala floods - water train
Kerala floods – water train (Image: Indian Express)

2:20 PM:

The first lot of supplementary nutrition ‘Balamrutham’ (nearly 100 MTs) being dispatched from Hyderabad to Trivandrum, as part of relief work being carried out by Ministry of WCD, in collaboration with the Govt of Telangana.

2:00 PM:

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar donate Rs 10 crore each for Kerala flood assistance.

12:40 PM:

UN chief expresses sadness over the situation in Kerala:

Expressing his concern over the issue, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said, “Our humanitarian colleagues, as well as the country team in India, have been following the recent floods very closely. The United Nations is of course saddened by the loss of life, destruction, and displacement caused by floods in India.”

His spokesperson added, quoting the statement, “India has quite a well-operated machinery to deal with natural disasters but of course our country team — I was in touch with our Resident Coordinator today — they’re following closely and they’re in touch with partners on the ground.”

12:35 PM:

CPI leader dies after he slips and falls into Kuttanad river.

12:30 PM:

This is what PM Modi saw during his aerial survey for Kerala floods.

Kerala flood- submerged Kochi airport
Kerala flood- submerged Kochi airport (Image: PIB)
Kerala Floods- submerged area
Kerala Floods- submerged area (Image: PIB)
Kerala floods-submerged area
Kerala floods-submerged area (Image: PIB)

11: 45 AM:

Congress president Rahul Gandhi appeals to PM to declare Kerala floods as a national disaster. Taking to Twitter, he says, “The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake.”

11: 30 AM:

Insurance companies to hold special camps for assessment and timely release of compensation, assures PM.

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The chief minister had issued a red alert for 13 districts of Kerala and is monitoring the situation himself. He had appealed to the people of the country to donate generously. It is to be known that gates of 80 dams have been opened as the water level crossed their respective danger mark in reservoirs.

PM Modi chairs meeting with officials in Kochi on Saturday
PM Modi chairs a meeting with officials in Kochi on Saturday

The CMO in Kerala has released a press statement which states that 3,14,391 people from 70,085 families have been shifted to the 2094 camps across the State. Altogether, 82,442 people were rescued on Friday alone.

On Friday, gates of Parambikulam and TN Sholayar dams were opened by Tamil Nadu — towards Kerala’s  Poringalkuthu reservoir — on Friday which raised the water level of Chalakudy river, leading to overflowing in the towns of Wayanad, Palakkad, and Thekkady. Speaking to this website, the source said on condition of anonymity, “Tamil Nadu doesn’t care about human lives. They have released water from dams without warning.”

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