The Indian Air Force and Army relief and rescue teams on Friday started food packet distribution among marooned people in different places in Kerala as the situation triggered by the state’s worst floods in a century remained grave.
Rescue teams are carrying out round-the-clock operation but many people in the state are still marooned. Continuous rain, landslides and floods have claimed more than 150 lives so far and have brought the public transport system to a virtual halt.
More than 25 trains were cancelled or rescheduled in the state on Thursday, and the Kochi airport has been shut till August 26.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the state in the evening to take stock of the situation.
Here are the Live updates on Kerala floods:
Death toll rises to 174
Three bodies were recovered from Pathanamthitta, taking the death toll in Kerala floods to 174.
Hill station Munnar remains cut-off
Hill station Munnar remains cut-off as it received 127 mm rainfall on Wednesday night. Army help has been sought to restore communication network.
Parish hall collapses in Paravur, 7 trapped
Seven people are trapped after a parish hall collapsed in north Paravur.
KSRTC cancelled over 8,000 tickets due to floods
The ongoing flood situation led the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation to cancel 8,415 tickets. The KSRTC has refunded Rs. 52,78,126 to the passengers from August 9 to August 17: ANI
PM Modi to reach Kerala in the evening
PM Modi will reach Thiruvananthapuram in the evening after the funeral of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He will start the aerial survey of flood-affected areas on Saturday morning.
CM warns of action against rumour mongers
CM P Vijayan says there is no threat to any dams, scoffs at rumours. He has warned of action against rumour mongers.
SC asks to explore possibility to reduce Mullaperiyar dam water level
The Supreme Court today asked the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and a sub-committee set up by Kerala to deal with the flood situation in the state to coordinate and explore the possibility of reducing the water level at the Mullaperiyar Dam by three feet.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice DY Chandrachud asked Kerala and Tamil Nadu to abide by the directions given by NCMC on the rehabilitation of displaced people and the reduction of water level from the existing 142 feet to 139 feet at the dam.
The top court also asked Kerala to submit the report on the steps taken on disaster management and rehabilitation measures.
It is deluge, says chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan
Situation is serious, it is deluge which we will overcome, says CM.
No threat to any dams, says CM
“More boats and choppers have been pressed into service. Around 150 boats were added this morning. 14 teams of navy have been deployed in Thrissur while 10 are in Wayanad; Coast guard have been placed at 28 places and 39 teams of NDRF were deployed,” says chief minister.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the NDRF has rescued around 4,000 people. In Idukki and Wayanad, rains have subsided but the water level in Periyar River is on rise. “We received around 1 lakh food packets from the Centre. All the stranded people will be saved by this evening. I am confident we can achieve this. The Defence minister has also responded quickly. There is no threat to any dams,” he adds.
Death toll since August 8 is 164: CM Vijayan
Rains have subsided in some areas, says CM Vijayan. “ I talked to the PM and defence minister in the morning. Situation is serious as many remain stranded. There are 2,23,000 people in 1,568 camps. Death toll since Aug 8 is 164,” said the CM.
CM’s presser begins
CM’s press conference on Kerala’s flood situation begins
Bodies recovered from Pathnamthitta, Idukki
Four bodies have been recovered from Pathnamthitta and Idukki.
IAF facing problem as there aren’t any landing facilities
The Air force says it is facing problem because here are no landing facilities for helicopters. An IAF official said its difficult to deal with such large volume of marooned people. They can only airlift one by one and it is time consuming
4 Coast Guard ships reach Kochi to join relief teams
4 Capital Ships of Indian Coast Guard have reached Kochi and joined the Disaster and Relief Team. 24 teams are already working in flood affected villages. Indian Coast Guard so far has rescued 1764 people and guided 4688 people to safer locations .
Kerala chief minister to brief media soon
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to brief the media on state’s flood situation soon.
Railways to run special flood-relief trains
Indian railways to run special flood-relief trains with army’s help to reach the stranded people. Around 3 lakh people have been lodged in relief camps.
NDRF teams reach Thiruvananthapuram
Five units of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) reached Thiruvananthapuram and were deployed for rescue operations. 35 teams are expected to reach there today.
Red alert issued in 13 districts for today
Red alert has been issued in all 13 districts except Kasaragod: ANI. Red alert has been issued for tomorrow also in Ernakulam and Idukki districts.
Will head to Kerala to take stock of situation: Modi
“Had telephone conversation with Kerala chief minister P Vijayan just now.We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I’ll be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding,” tweets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Torrential rains to subside, says IMD
Low pressure in bay of Bengal moves towards central part of India, says India Meteorological Department regional office. “Torrential rains to subside a bit,” it says.
Indian Coast Guard reaches flood-affected Manjumala
Indian Coast Guard’s rescue and relief team from Vandiperiyar has been shifted to the flood-affected Manjumala village. The team has rescued 16 stranded people from the village. Food and dry ration has been distributed among them, rescue operation is underway: ANI.