India Floods: Worst floods in 100 years

India Floods: Worst floods in 100 years

India Floods: Worst floods in 100 years

Mr. Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

The NCMC review meeting also chose to restore power lines, petrol pumps, LPG, health facilities and necessary medicines, food and fodder etc.

Assocham said Kerala would have suffered massive economic losses to the tune of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 crore with a staggered impact of a few months on tourism, cash crops and trade including global trade from Kochi and other ports.

More than 30 military helicopters and 320 boats are attempting rescues across Kerala after some areas were engulfed by overflowing rivers, with residents seen swimming and wading through chest-high waters past partially submerged houses. Modi is expected to chair a meeting to discuss the situation in Kerala.

The Minister of Cabinet Affairs of UAE, Mohammed Abdulla Al Gergawi, is in direct contact with Kerala chief minister Pinayari Vijayan and has given his team the task to respond to all requests for specific types of aid.

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The PM assured the state that food grains and medicines would provided to the state.

The prime minister also directed the National Highways Authority of India to fix national highways damaged due to the floods on a priority basis. "Rescuing those who are trapped remains the topmost priority", Modi posted on Twitter. He tweeted: "A big thank you to Sheikh Mohammed for his gracious offer to support people of Kerala during this hard time".

Two circling navy helicopters dropped food and water in metal baskets and airlifted out at least four people, including a three-year-old child.

The intensity of rains, although has decreased in several districts since yesterday morning, flood waters from big dams in Idukki district continued to be let out. "There is no way to communicate with each other". We are trying to rescue people. This is NDRF's biggest-ever relief and rescue operation in the country till date. Till now 324 people have lost their lives due to this flodd.

As Kerala grapples in a flood situation, the Meteorological Department has raised the hopes of the people by removing the Red alert from eight of the 11 districts. "When the chopper ahead of me could not locate my family of three, I thought of losing even that straw". "Please, please!" state legislator Saji Cherian said on a Kerala-based TV news channel, the Indian Express newspaper reported. But authorities and local media outlets said they were being inundated with calls for assistance.

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The government has convened a meeting of mobile service providers and oil companies to ensure uninterrupted services, especially to support the rescue operations.

Power supply in many parts of the state was affected as the state electricity board switched off to avoid any accident.

He said the Congress will launch an agitation to highlight "bhrashtachar ka khel, Rafale" (corruption in Rafale deal) that allegedly caused a loss of Rs 41,000 crore to the exchequer.

-Visuals of relief operations conducted by Air Force at Chengannur.

The deadliest deluge in Kerala in close to a century has claimed 194 lives since August 8.

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