Kerala Flood Tragedy: PM Narendra Modi announces Rs 500 crore as interim relief

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As monsoon rains and floods continue to destroy Kerala, claiming over 300 lives since May, the state plunged deeper into misery with the passing of the day. Hospitals and medical institutes are facing shortage of oxygen and fuel stations are running dry. There were reports that water had begun to seep into shelter homes where thousands are shifted for safety, officials said. The deadly deluge not only took hundreds of lives but also destroyed the scenic beauty of the green state, badly hampering its tourism sector and its agriculture sector, which stood as the backbone of the state.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night to take a survey of the flood situation and was received by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons as he is scheduled to take an aerial inspection today (Saturday).

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Kerala floods highlights:

# 240 fire service personnel departed from Odisha's Bhubaneswar for Kerala today for relief and rescue operations.

# Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has released Rs 10 crores as assistance for flood-hit Kerala.

# Indian Army rescues 256 civilians including 3 pregnant women and a large number of old couples in Chalakudy  area. Rescue Operation undertaken in East Chalakudy. 

#Update #KeralaFloods 2018. A column of 8 Engr Regt led by Lt Anshu Mali rescued 256 civilians including 3 pregnant ladies & a large number of old couples in Chalakudy area. Rescue Operation undertaken in East Chalakudy. We are at it#OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/UFIZZQbipm

— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 18, 2018

# 105 RAF personnel provides fresh fruits, food items and medicines to people living in makeshift camps in different Taluks of flood ravaged Palakkadu district of Kerala.

#105RAF personnel helping flood victims living in various rescue camps. Fresh fruits, food items and medicines provided to people living in makeshift camps in different Taluks of flood ravaged Palakkadu district of Kerala.#RapidActionForce #FightingFloods pic.twitter.com/IMN1j7GuW5

— CRPF (@crpfindia) August 18, 2018

# All Congress MPs, MLAs and MLC to donate one month salary for flood relief in Kerala; special relief committee to be made to send essential items to Kerala.

All our MPs, MLAs and MLC to donate their one month salary for flood relief in Kerala. A special relief committee will be made to send essential items to Kerala: Randeep Surjewala, Congress. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/qQNFepQMV9

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# All BJP corporaters of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) to donate their one month salary towards Kerala flood relief.

# BJP Maharashtra Minister Ravindra Chavan donates his one month salary to Kerala floods relief. 

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

Red Alert issued for today in 11 districts. Heavy rainfall predicted for the day in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam & Kasaragod: Kerala Chief Minister Office. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/hUvE3GxXgC

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announces Rs. 15 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund for flood-hit Kerala.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announces Rs. 15 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund for flood-hit Kerala. #KeralaFloods (File pic) pic.twitter.com/vpBPtYlflf

— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 18, 2018

# 1 lakh packets of food products consisting water bottles, skimmed milk, biscuits and sugar being sent to Halwara airport in Ludhiana. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announces Rs 10 crores worth of immediate relief for Kerala floods; Rs 5 crore in form of ready-to-eat food material.

Punjab: 1 lakh packets of food products consisting water bottles, skimmed milk, biscuits & sugar being sent to Halwara airport in Ludhiana. CM Capt Amarinder Singh had announced Rs 10 crores worth of immediate relief for #KeralaFloods,Rs 5 cr in form of ready-to-eat food material pic.twitter.com/XfrVyn31vX

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# NDRF teams rescued 194 persons, 12 livestocks and evacuated 10,467 persons; provided pre-hospital treatment to 159 persons.

NDRF teams have rescued 194 persons&12 livestock&evacuated 10,467 persons &provided pre-hospital treatment to 159 persons.15 teams operational in Thrissur,13 in Pathanamthitta,11 in Alappuzha,5 in Ernakulam, 4 in Idukki,3 in Malappuram & 2 each in Wayanad&Kozhikode. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/znmOqwLeg3

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh offers all possible help from Chhattisgarh government for Kerala floods. 

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh spoke to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on telephone and offered all possible help from Chhattisgarh govt for #KeralaFloods. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/oJXK0AHcXA

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announces Rs 10 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund for flood-hit Kerala. 

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announces Rs. 10 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund for flood-hit Kerala. #KeralaFloods (File pic) pic.twitter.com/l2pFOKfQop

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala.

Jhanrkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala. #KeralaFloods (File pic) pic.twitter.com/hCsZU8qqJt

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Chief Minister of Maharashtra tweets

CM @Dev_Fadnavis announces ₹5 crore as immediate assistance from Maharashtra Government for Kerala flood affected persons.State Government is constantly in touch with Kerala Government for their requirements and the necessary support, since yesterday.#KeralaFloods

— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) August 18, 2018

# Special aircraft of Indian Army reaches Thiruvananthapuram with food and basic amenities for flood-affected areas.

Special aircraft of Indian Army reaches Thiruvananthapuram with food and basic amenities for flood affected areas. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/33zudY6d6n

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announces an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala from Bihar Chief Minister Relief Fund. 

# In August, till 16th actual rainfall was 619.5mm, normally it should have been 244.1 mm. The intensity of rainfall has decreased now there won't be extremely heavy rains anymore but heavy rains will continue for 2 days: Dr. S Devi, India Meteorological Department

In August, till 16th actual rainfall was 619.5mm, normally it should have been 244.1 mm. The intensity of rainfall has decreased now there won't be extremely heavy rains anymore but heavy rains will continue for 2 days: Dr. S Devi, India Meteorological Department on #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/PAuc98DyKA

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala from Chief Minister Relief Fund.

# Visuals of flooding and submerged houses from Chengannur.

Visuals of flooding and submerged houses from Chengannur. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/ldG0zAp28J

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Former Indian cricket VVS Laxman on Kerala Floods

Friends in Trivandrum plz don't unnecessarily fill ur petrol tanks. More than 1000 ltrs of fuel for rescue support per day is required here. It’s becoming hard to arrange required fuel from pumps due to unnecessary over filling. Please be responsible & consume less #KeralaFloods

— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 18, 2018

# Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Kerala Floods and PM Modi's aerial survey

PM conducted aerial survey to get first-hand knowledge about flood. Our helicopter could not go to some places due to inclement weather. He has announced Rs500 crore&all possible help. We thanked him & demanded more helicopters & boats: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/kdy9wsJdvj

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Indian Air Force carries out rescue operation

IAF Garud Commando carried out rescue operations by winching children from the roof top & evacuated in IAF helicopter to rescue camps. 1/3 #KeralaFloodRelief pic.twitter.com/8LgpbX0XGZ

— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) August 18, 2018

.@IAF_MCC #GarudCommando carried out rescue operations by winching children from the roof top & evacuated in IAF helicopter to rescue camps. #KeralaFloodRelief pic.twitter.com/r31Av6tkzc

— PIB India (@PIB_India) August 18, 2018

# Update from Indian Air Force: 

#ExPitchBlack18 : Indian Air Force is all packed & ready to board the jets to head for the next destination, Malaysia.The big boys C-17 & C-130 & the fast jets bid adieu to 'down under' Australia. pic.twitter.com/rJW6YkplVj

— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) August 18, 2018

# Here are some IMPORTANT DO's and DONT's during Floods

ATTENTION!Here are some IMPORTANT DO's and DONT's during #Floods #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/4tGBpvqfk2

— ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) August 18, 2018

# Centre is providing comprehensive assistance to the people of Kerala, which will contribute in restoring normalcy to citizens' lives faster.

Centre is providing comprehensive assistance to the people of Kerala, which will contribute in restoring normalcy to citizens' lives faster.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 18, 2018

# Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are also deployed for assisting the State in search & rescue operations. A total of 38 helicopters have been deployed for rescue and relief measures. In addition, 20 Aircraft are also being used for ferrying resources.

Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are also deployed for assisting the State in search & rescue operations. A total of 38 helicopters have been deployed for rescue and relief measures. In addition, 20 Aircraft are also being used for ferrying resources.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 18, 2018

Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme 5.5 Cr. person days have been sanctioned in the labour budget 2018-19. Any further request for incurring the person days would be considered as per the requirement projected by the State.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 18, 2018

# The flood situation in Kerala has been continuously and closely monitored by the Centre. All help is being provided to the State Government to deal with the adverse situation. PM has been in constant touch with the Kerala CM regarding the flood situation, tweets the Office of the Prime Minister of India (PMOIndia)

The flood situation in Kerala has been continuously and closely monitored by the Centre. All help is being provided to the State Government to deal with the adverse situation. PM has been in constant touch with the Kerala CM regarding the flood situation.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 18, 2018

# Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala

# PM Modi on his aerial survey

The Prime Minister visited Kerala to review the situation arising due to the floods in the State. After a review meeting, he made an aerial assessment of the damages caused due to floods in some of the affected areas. pic.twitter.com/DQtANpBUtI

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 18, 2018

# PM @narendramodi expressed grief and sorrow on the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to property due to floods in Kerala. PM announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from PMNRF.

PM @narendramodi expressed grief and sorrow on the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to property due to floods in Kerala. PM announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from PMNRF.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 18, 2018

# 58 teams of NDRF are deployed in 8 affected districts, we have recused 170 people and 7000 people have been evacuated to safer places. If required more teams will be deployed: Sanjay Kumar, DG, NDRF on Kerala Flood

58 teams of NDRF are deployed in 8 affected districts, we have recused 170 people and 7000 people have been evacuated to safer places. If required more teams will be deployed: Sanjay Kumar, DG, NDRF on #KeralaFlood pic.twitter.com/wCVOTvDBSO

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# "The area has been completely flooded. I have lost almost everything I had. The water level is increasing with every passing hour," says a villager as Achankovil river near Alappuzha's Kollakadavu village is overflowing following heavy rainfall in the area. 

Achankovil river near Alappuzha's Kollakadavu village is overflowing following heavy rainfall in the area. Shaukat, a villager says,"The area has been completely flooded. I have lost almost everything I had. The water level is increasing with every passing hour." #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/BTYlQ1kdvJ

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced Rs 500 crore as immediate aid for Kerala, in addition to the 100 crore announced earlier

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced Rs 500 crore as immediate aid for Kerala, in addition to the 100 crore announced earlier #Keralafloods https://t.co/lvqRnlcEuu

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accompanied by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P. Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons during aerial survey of flood-affected areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accompanied by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P. Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons during aerial survey of flood affected areas. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/s0LB2Z9J3q

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood affected areas. PM has 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 PM’s National Relief Funds (PMNRF)

#WATCH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood affected areas. PM has 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 PM’s National Relief Funds (PMNRF). #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/T6FYNVLmMu

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# The State Bank of India (SBI) has donated Rs 2 crore to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) and announced waiver of fees and charges on services offered by the bank in Kerala.

The State Bank of India (SBI) has donated Rs 2 crore to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) and announced waiver of fees and charges on services offered by the bank in Kerala. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/I47nNTQPPA

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Kattappana: State highway to Idukki city from Kumily is blocked due to landslide, clearance operation underway.

Kattappana: State highway to #Idukki city from Kumily is blocked due to landslide, clearance operation underway. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/s5K1EufC0Q

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Update from Indian Army: Indian Army has made 13 temporary bridges to reconnect 38 remote areas, total of 3627 personnels have been rescued till date, including 22 foreign nationals.

#Update #KeralaFloods2018 Indian Army has made 13 temporary bridges to reconnect 38 remote areas, total of 3627 personnels have been rescued till date, including 22 foreign nationals. #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @HQ_IDS_India pic.twitter.com/Or2e03YdUC

— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 18, 2018

# 1000s and 1000s are marooned & facing a very severe, critical situation & more emergency evacuation operation is needed. What is being done is appreciable but we need more help from the Centre and other states. Kerala is in distress: PC Chacko, Congress

# Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel distribute relief material to stranded people in flood affected Palakkad's Mangalam Dam village.

#WATCH: Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel distribute relief material to stranded people in flood affected Palakkad's Mangalam Dam village. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/2WvqDsflrn

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Media reports of PM Narendra Modi’s aerial survey being cancelled not yet confirmed, PM currently chairing a meeting in Kochi with CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister KJ Alphons and other officials.

Media reports of PM Narendra Modi’s aerial survey being cancelled not yet confirmed, PM currently chairing a meeting in Kochi with CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister KJ Alphons and other officials #Keralafloods pic.twitter.com/f0sR8LGMFZ

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Yesterday Captain P Rajkumar Shaurya Chakra winched up 26 people from a SeaKing 42B helicopter, in extremely challenging conditions hovering between trees and in the limits of man and machine, says Indian Navy

Yesterday Captain P Rajkumar Shaurya Chakra winched up 26 people from a SeaKing 42B helicopter, in extremely challenging conditions hovering between trees and in the limits of man and machine: Indian Navy #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/KeKKBnbF8n

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Shah Rukh Khan prays for Kerala.

@resulp Sir, it’s the Duty & Dharma of each one of us to stand by our brothers & sisters in times of need. May Allah bless each & everyone in Kerala.

— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 18, 2018

# Update from CRPF

#105RAF evacuated tourists and tribals stuck due to flood and landslide in Nelliyampathi, Kerala. Highly skilled rescue teams made best use of the things available around them and save precious lives. #RapidActionForce #FightingFloods pic.twitter.com/dz4Sd0pw6s

— CRPF (@crpfindia) August 18, 2018

# Words alone are not enough. Yet I must tell all my brothers and sisters of Kerala that our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones. Strength to those who are fighting the #KeralaFloods, tweets West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Words alone are not enough. Yet I must tell all my brothers and sisters of Kerala that our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones. Strength to those who are fighting the #KeralaFloods

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 18, 2018

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kochi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kochi. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/188CsnTZ3L

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Police and NDRF joint rescue operation in a flooded area of Kodagu.

# Navy delivers relief material to stranded people in a flooded area of Kochi

#WATCH Navy delivers relief material to stranded people in a flooded area of Kochi. #Keralafloods pic.twitter.com/dC8Lp78e8q

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Kerala organisations cancel Onam celebrations in Pune, focus on raising funds for flood-hit Kerala.

# PM Narendra Modi leaves from Thiruvananthapuram for an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Kochi.

PM Narendra Modi leaves from Thiruvananthapuram for an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Kochi. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/CWdg2vzjwq

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected. We have formed a committee to start immediately. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative, tweets HH Sheikh Mohammed

UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected. We have formed a committee to start immediately. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative. pic.twitter.com/7a4bHadWqa

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 17, 2018

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night to take stock of the flood situation in the state. He will conduct an aerial survey today.

Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state; received by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons pic.twitter.com/fAW9D2KCPE

— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018

# Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for the flood-hit Kerala.

# More than 500 people rescued by ITBP personnel from flood-hit Alleppey & Pathanamthitta in Kerala.

More than 500 people were rescued by ITBP personnel from floodhit Alleppey & Pathanamthitta. #KeralaFloods (17.08.18) pic.twitter.com/hpiFmALftU

— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018

# Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced immediate financial help of Rs 25 crore for flood-hit Kerala.

# Around 700 soldiers along with specialised engineering task forces carrying boats & specialised equipment are on ground & have rescued around 4,800 people in the past 9 days. I assure that we'll work day&night till Kerala comes back to normal: Brigadier Arun CG

Around 700 soldiers along with specialised engineering task forces carrying boats & specialised equipment are on ground & have rescued around 4,800 people in the past 9 days. I assure that we'll work day&night till Kerala comes back to normal: Brig Arun CG #KeralaFloods (17.8.18) pic.twitter.com/7apVlgIg39

— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018

# Aerial visual of flooded Kalady as rain continues to lash Kerala.

#WATCH: Aerial visual of flooded Kalady as rain continues to lash the state. #KeralaFloods (17.08.18) pic.twitter.com/lhu4oR50H7

— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018

# Visuals of flood-hit Kallur village in Karnataka.

Visuals of flood-hit Kallur village in #Karnataka. Most parts of the village have got submerged in the flood water. (17.08.18) pic.twitter.com/kf7peE4ImU

— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018

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