PM Modi arrives in Kerala, to undertake aerial survey of affected areas on Satu…

The death toll in the Kerala floods rose to 200 on Saturday, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the state to assess the disaster. He will undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas on Saturday.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the situation caused by torrential rain, flash floods and landslides in the state as “really serious”. Although he had quoted the toll as 164 on Friday morning, 16 more were reported in the hours that followed. Over 120 people have lost their lives in the last two days.

Vijayan said that although two lakh people have been shifted to as many as 1,568 relief camps, many are still stranded. Air, railway and road services remained disrupted in many areas for over five days, and marooned people flooded government and media offices with desperate phone calls. Fresh landslides were also reported from Wayanad and Kannur districts.

“We are trying our best to rescue marooned people. Saving lives is our main concern now. Rescue operations are being taken up on a war footing with choppers and boats,” Vijayan said, adding that over 15,000 people were evacuated in the last two days. He dispelled reports that a few dams in the state were in the danger of bursting.

Updated: August 18, 2018 — 10:37 am