The Indian Coast Guard has evacuated 2,507 people and over 6,415 others provided with assistance as it continues with relief work in flood affected areas of Kerala.
The deadliest deluge in Kerala in close to a century had claimed over 340 lives since May. Almost all the villages in the southern state have been submerged.
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On Saturday, a red alert was issued in 11 districts as more heavy rainfall was predicted for the day in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod.
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So far, the Indian Coast Guard has pressed four offshore patrol vessels, five aircraft and 31 Coast Guard Disaster Relief teams with Gemini boats and rafts for flood relief operations.
Around 1,000 Indian Coast Guard personnel, in coordination with NDMA, SDMA and other state authorities, are on war footing to provide disaster relief efforts in flood-hit Kerala.
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One Coast Guard ship sailed from Mumbai with 40 tons of relief material provided by the Maharashtra Government and Malayali Samaj in Mumbai. An additional 50 tons was being transported from New Mangalore.
The Coast Guard, which had been in action since August 9, 2018, has saved 31 lives off Kerala and Karnataka coasts in its SAR operation till date.
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