Kerala Floods: 94 killed, 11 missing, 41 injured; Kochi airport to remain shut till August 26

17 August 2018, 12:30 AM
Kerala Flood LIVE Updates: Air Force called in for rescue mission; death toll rises to 94 (Photo: Twitter/@lithmv)
Kerala Flood LIVE Updates: Air Force called in for rescue mission; death toll rises to 94 (Photo: Twitter/@lithmv)

The public transport system collapsed in many parts of central Kerala with the Southern Railways and Kochi Metro today (August) suspending their operations due to floods. Rise in flood waters in Periyar river due to continuous rains and opening of all shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir, and Idamalayar, have severely hit life of people in the downstream areas.

“Due to rise in water level at Bridge No 176 on Downline between Angamali and Aluva, The services on this bridge is suspended,” a Southern railway spokesman said in a statement early on Thursday.

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) also suspended its operations this morning after its yard in Muttom near Aluva submerged in the flood waters.

Kerala Floods LIVE Updates:

# 08:30 PM: 11 missing, 41 injured, 165538 people in 1155 relief camps, 2857 houses damaged and 3393 hectares of crop loss.

# 05:00 PM: A child being rescued by Indian Coast Guard in flood-affected Aluva.

# 03:56 PM: Rescue operations held by Coast Guard helicopters over Ernakulam, earlier on Thursday. 132 people have been rescued from Thrissur, Aluva and Perumbavoor by Coast Guard helicopters on Thursday.

# 03:50 PM: 45 persons stranded due to incessant rains were rescued from Machilipatnam by three teams of Indian Navy deployed at Perumbavoor, on Wednesday.

# 03:38 PM: Supreme Court asks the high power committee to convene a meeting by tomorrow morning in connection with the rising water level in Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala.

# 03:29 PM: We have deployed teams in 7 districts. 14 teams are already there and today we are sending another 12 teams & if required more teams will be sent. We are working for rescue, evacuation and relief in coordination with the state authorities: Sanjay Kumar of NDRF.

# 01:45 PM: 12 more teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) - 6 from Delhi and 6 from Gandhinagar - are being airlifted to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 18 teams are already deployed in the state.

#01:11 PM: Idukki: Relief centres set up in Kumily after flood water entered  villages in the area.

#12:53 PM: Kochi: Flood water spreads across the city in Kalamassery region. Roads damaged and water continues to flow inside the city.

#12:47 PM: Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans rescue senior citizens in flood affected Thrissur district's Arattupuzha village/

#12:45 PM: Very serious situation is prevailing in the state as nearly all villages are flood affected. I had a telephonic conversation with PM, HM and Defence minister, they have offered all support. More helicopters to be deployed soon, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

#12:30 PM: KJ Alphons says met PM seeking help: 12 districts in Kerala are severely affected. These are the worse floods since 1924. I met PM, Home Minister & Def Minister Yesterday. Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard & NDRF are conducting rescue and relief ops. It is predicted that water levels will rise: Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons

#12:10 PM: ITBP personnel rescue people in Thrissur: Indo-Tibetan Border Police conducts rescue operation in Thrissur district's Arattupuzha village.

#11:50 AM: Air Force called in for rescue mission: Watch Indian Air Force airlifts a person in flood-affected Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.

#11:20 AM: Death toll rises to 73: Death toll due to flood in Kerala rises to 73 across the state; Visuals from Kerala's Pathanamthitta district.

#07:50 AM: District Control Room Helpline Numbers

#07:20 AM: Army called in Thiruvananthapuram: "An army contingent has landed at TVM airport to do rescue operations in Ranny, kozhencherry & Aranmula. They will be rushing to these places soon. Their main task is to rescue people stranded in these areas," tweets Kerala CMO.

#07:00 AM: Hello and welcome to News Nation Live Updates: Kerala is reeling under the worst floods since 1924. So far, as many as 67 people have lost their lives. The public transport in the state came to a standstill due to floods with Kochi airport, metro and Southern Railways suspending their operations. Stay with us as we bring you all the latest updates on the flood situation in Kerala.

First Published: Thursday, August 16, 2018 07:56 AM
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