PM Modi Speaks With HD Kumaraswamy, Extends Support

PM Narendra Modi has assured support to Chief Minister in Karnataka flood rescue operations. (File) New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke with Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy regarding flood situation in parts of the state. “Extended all possible support in the rescue and relief operations. I pray for the safety and well-being of those in the flood affected areas,” the PM tweeted. While some parts of Karnataka are facing drought like situation, some others are reeling under flood. Source link

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Tamil Nadu Bans Mobile Phones In Colleges, Students Say “Regressive” Move

The directive will not apply to centre-run institutions such as IIT Madras. Chennai:  College students will no longer be allowed to carry cellphones as their use has been banned on campuses across Tamil Nadu. A circular issued by the Directorate of Collegiate Education, accessed by NDTV, directs all regional joint directors to inform all government, aided and self-financing colleges about the order. However, the directive will not apply to centre-run institutions such as IIT Madras. A principal of a private college in Chennai, who did not wish to be named, blamed…

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3,500 Evacuated From Flood-Hit Karnataka’s Kodagu, Rains Hit Rescue Work

The exact number of people still stranded across the district could not be ascertained Kodagu (Karnataka):  About 3,500 marooned people were rescued in Karnataka’s worst flood-hit Kodagu district even as incessant rains hampered relief work, the government said today. “The Indian Army, Navy and other state and central agencies have rescued more than 3,500 people so far,” a statement from Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s office said. Of the hundreds stranded across this flood-hit hilly district, about 270 km from Bengaluru, the 3,500 rescued till Sunday noon have been shifted to…

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Indian-Origin Tycoons In UAE Donate Rs 125 Million For Kerala Floods

Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers running (Reuters) Dubai:  Indian-origin billionaire businessmen based in the UAE have announced Rs 125 million donation for flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala, according to a media report. 164  people have lost their lives in Kerala since August 8 due to floods caused by rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps. The state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and…

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At Relief Camp In Flood-Hit Kerala, Clean Water, Power Are Tough Asks

Women at a relief camp in Kerala’s Ernaculum said the water they get is not clean. Thiruvananthapuram:  No electricity, no clean drinking water, no mat to sleep on — people at a relief camp in rural Ernakulum say their living condition is difficult indeed. The camp is just one of the 3,000 across Kerala where more than 6 lakh people have found shelter. Many of them have lost their homes in the worst monsoon in a century that has been at its most furious since August 8. For senior citizens…

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Kochi Naval Base Ready For Commercial Flights, Take-Off Tomorrow

INS Garuda is a naval air training centre and an operational air base located in Kerala’s Kochi. New Delhi:  The Naval air base in Kochi is almost ready for commercial flights to begin operation from tomorrow in flood-ravaged Kerala. Naval Air Station INS Garuda received clearance to operate passenger planes. The decision came soon after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who flew into Kochi on Saturday for an aerial review of the situation in the state. Today, the spokesperson of the Navy tweeted to say that all arrangements…

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2-Month-Old Rescued In Rained Out Coorg, Watch Heart-Warming Video

An NDRF officer was seen carrying the baby in his arms as he ziplined over a river of destruction. Kodagu, Karnataka:  A two-month-old was rescued by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in rain-ravaged Coorg this morning. An NDRF officer was seen carrying the baby in his arms as he ziplined over a river of destruction. The heart-warming video of the heroic rescue was widely shared and used to encourage others to come forward and help in every possible way. It has been raining heavily for the last four days and…

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Supreme Court Judge Kurian Joseph’s Kerala Home Flooded, Brother At Relief Camp

Kerala Floods: Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph volunteered at a collection drive in Delhi. New Delhi:  Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph’s brother and sister were among those who have been displaced in the floods that have ravaged Kerala. Justice Joseph’s family home in the town of Kalady in Ernakulam district has been flooded like several other towns and villages in Kerala, which is facing its worst flood in a century. At least 164 people have died in the flood since August 8 – taking the number of deaths to 357…

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Kerala Floods: Horrified By Loss Of Life By Kerala Floods: Raja Krishnamoorthi Indian-American Congressman

Raja Krishnamoorthi applauded the spirit of the people of Kerala in the face of devastation and tragedy New York:  A top Indian-American Congressman has said he is “horrified” by the destruction and loss of life caused by the severe floods in rain-battered Kerala, saying the “unimaginable” human cost of the tragedy is felt by families across India and the world. As many as 357 people have lost their lives in Kerala since August 8 due to rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.…

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Alliance Air To Operate Flights From Kochi Naval Base For Rescue Operations In Flood-Hit Kerala

The development comes as the state reels under torrential rains and the worst floods. New Delhi/Kochi:  State-run Air India’s subsidiary – Alliance Air, will commence operations from Kochi naval base to aide the rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala. According to the airline, flight operations will commence from August 20. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu in a series of tweets said that due to disruption of flights from Kochi Airport, a joint team sent by the Ministry approved to commence scheduled flights by Alliance Air ATRs between Bangalore and Kochi naval…

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Telangana Government Dispatches 100 Tonnes Of Food To Flood-Hit Kerala

Hyderabad:  The Telangana government has dispatched 100 metric tonnes of nutritious food for children in flood-hit Kerala. The food manufactured by Telangana Foods, a state government enterprise, was airlifted to Kerala on Saturday. According to officials, the food known as ”Balamrutham” is worth Rs 52.5 lakh. The food was airlifted by two Defence aircraft (C17 Globemaster) from Begumpet Airport. The food is expected to provide supplementary nutrition to about 50,000 children for 10 days, said the officials. This assistance is in addition to Rs 25 crore aid announced by Chief…

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Never Seen This Much Water In Kerala A Deluge Of Disbelief And Loss

Thousands of people have been shifted to relief camps affected in the Kerala floods Wayanad:  In a village called Panamaram, in Kerala’s Wayanad district, families have been living on the banks of the river Kabini for decades. But this year everybody had to move out as the river quite simply took over the road. After days of heavy rain, water was released from the Banasura Dam and the river just kept swelling until it overflowed its banks – and water swept through the houses. So what do you do when…

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Kerala Rains: Kerala Braces For More Rain Today, Thousands Await Rescue: 10 Points

Kerala Rains: Hundreds of thousands of people have been shifted to relief camps. Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala’s respite from heavy rain is still at least a day away, the weather office predicted on Saturday as rescuers, including thousands of soldiers, in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential downpour through the day to reach stranded people still waiting for relief and rescue. At least 164 people have died in the flood since August 8 – taking the number of deaths to over 300 this monsoon. More than six lakh people have been…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Announces Immediate Relief Of Rs 500 Crore To Flood-Hit Kerala

Kerala Floods: Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps. Thiruvananthapuram:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the rain-battered Kerala, after reviewing the flood situation in the state. PM Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the families of those who have died in the Kerala flood and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement said. “The prime minister announced a…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Salutes The Fighting Spirit Of People Of Flood-Hit Kerala

Since August 8,194 people have died, 36 missing and over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps Thiruvananthapuram:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the people of the rain-ravaged Kerala for their “fighting spirit” and said today the nation stands firmly with the state in this hour. He conducted an aerial survey of some of the areas affected by flood. Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister KJ Alphons accompanied the prime minister during the aerial survey. “I salute the people of Kerala for…

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Tamil Nadu Policeman Arrested For Stealing Expensive Mobile Phone

The constable was caught with the device in his residential quarters, says police. (Representational) Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu:  A constable has been arrested on the charge of stealing an ‘expensive’ mobile phone seized from a group of North Indians taken into custody in connection with betting on a local cricket match in Tirunelveli recently, police said today. Gopalakrishnan, belonging to the Armed Reserve Police Battalion, allegedly stole the mobile that was kept along with eight other handsets at a local police station. When the theft was discovered, investigations began and Gopalakrishnan…

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Kerala Floods As Kerala Battles Floods, States Come With Aid

New Delhi:  The flood crisis in Kerala following heavy rain for the last 10 days seems to be only getting worse. At least 324 people have died and more than three lakh people have been shifted to relief camps. The floods, which are the worst the state has faced in nearly a century, have caused widespread devastation and Kerala estimates have caused a loss of over Rs 19,500 crore.  This morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of Kerala and announced an immediate relief of Rs 500 crore,…

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Kerala Legislator Saji Cheriyan Breaks Down On TV, Seeks Help Please Tell PM Modi

Thiruvananthapuram:  With 324 dead and more than three lakh people in relief camps in Kerala after floods and landslides due to heavy rain, the worse is not yet over for the state. Chengannur, about 120 kilometres north of state capital Thiruvanthapuram, has been cut off for days, and there are fears that many have died there. Soldiers and boats have been sent to the town and reports said bodies had been found, although there have been no official update on the deaths. Chengannur legislator Saji Cherian said he feared there…

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Bride In Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris Hills Crosses Flooded River To Make It For Her Wedding

The woman took a coracle ride across a flooded river to make it to her wedding. (Representational Image) Erode:  Undeterred by a flooded Moyar river, a 24-year old bride from a hilly town on the slopes of the Nilgiris has undertaken a daunting ride on a coracle to reach the venue of her marriage. A resident of Thengumarahada village, bordering the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in the Nilgiris District, the woman, Rasathi, had to take a coracle ride along with her family members braving the flooded river, a tributary of Bhavani,…

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Kerala Woman Refuses Flood Rescue Without Her 25 Dogs

Sunitha, her husband and the dogs are now staying at a special shelter (Representational) Kochi:  A Kerala woman refused to leave her flooded house without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise. The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally Varma of Humane Society International. The woman, Sunitha, was found by rescuers in Thrissur, which has been worst hit by floods that have left at…

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Even If Offline, People In Flood-Hit Kerala Can Share Location, Says Google

Kerala flood: Users can share their Google Maps plus codes over a voice call or an SMS New Delhi:  Even when people in flood-hit Kerala are offline, they can use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the “plus code” of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them, Google said on Saturday. Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS. A plus code includes six or seven letters and numbers, and a…

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38 Helicopters, Hundreds Of Boats Being Used For Rescue Ops In Kerala

About 7,000 people have been saved so far, but some 6,000 are still awaiting rescue, say officials. Kochi/Thirvananthapuram:  With 324 dead and more than three lakh people shifted to relief camps, in what is the worst floods in Kerala in a century, an unprecedented rescue and relief operation is being led by the three services along with teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF, involving nearly 1,300 personnel.  38 helicopters are involved in air-lifting the stranded and dropping relief material; 20 air craft are being used to ferry…

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Panel Probing J Jayalalithaa’s Death Summons AIIMS Doctors

Tamil Nadu government constituted a panel in 2017 under the Commissions of Inquiry Act Chennai:  The Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry, probing the circumstances leading to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death, has summoned three doctors of AIIMS, who examined her at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, to appear before it on August 23 and 24. The commissioned has summoned GC Khilnani of the Department of Pulmonology, Anjan Trikha, Professor of Anaesthesiology, and Nitish Nayak, professor at the Department of Cardiology. The doctors had periodically examined J Jayalalithaa when…

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State Bank of India Donates 2 Crores To Flood-Hit Kerala, Waivers Fee On Services

SBI has decided to waive all charges on remittance to the CMDRF in Kerala. (File) Mumbai:  The State Bank of India (SBI) has donated Rs 2 crore for the Kerala flood victims and initiated several other ground-level measures in the deluged state, an official said on Saturday. The SBI has encouraged all its 270,000 staffers to contribute to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), and the bank would contribute an equivalent amount. It also announced a waiver of fees and charges on services like loans for flood relief, duplicate…

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“Kerala Part Of Our Success Story”, Says UAE, Offers Help To Flood-Hit State

Kochi:  Kerala, facing one of the worst floods in a century, has been offered help by the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is to form a committee to help flood-hit areas of the state, a report said. Sheikh Khalifa, the president of the UAE, has asked for the formation of a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the people affected by the floods, news agency ANI reported. The Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also said that the country has a special responsibility to help…

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324 Dead In Kerala Floods; PM Modi To Take Aerial Survey: 10 Points

PM Modi is in Kerala today to take stock of the damage caused by floods, rescue efforts carried out Thiruvananthapuram:  324 people have died and several hundred others injured as Kerala is battered by the worst floods in a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Kerala, taking an areal survey of flood-affected areas. Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to relief camps as nearly 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed, roads caved in, sections of highways collapsed, and homes swept away amid warnings of worse weather to come.…

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Flood Alert In Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, Theni, 8410 People In Relief Camps

A flood alert has been sounded in Theni and Madurai districts of Tamil Nadu (Representational) Chennai:  A flood alert has been sounded in Theni and Madurai districts of Tamil Nadu and people living along the banks of the Cauvery and Bhavani advised to move to safer places, even as over two lakh cusecs of water was discharged from three dams, including Mettur. As many as 8,410 people have been sheltered in relief camps in Tamil Nadu in view of the heavy inflow from Karnataka reservoirs and combined discharge of over…

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Telangana Government Announces Rs 25 Crore For Flood-Hit Kerala

Kerala weather: The state is witnessing the worst monsoon in a century. Hyderabad:  The Telangana government on Friday announced Rs 25 crore financial assistance to the flood-hit Kerala. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao directed Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi to ensure that this amount reached Kerala immediately. As the drinking water is getting polluted due to floods in Kerala, he asked officials to despatch R.O machines worth Rs 2.50 crore. Mr Rao appealed to industrialists, businessmen and others to come forward and help Kerala. According to a statement from the Chief…

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Army Joins Rescue Operations In Karnataka’s Rain-Hit Kodagu

All major roads leading to Karnataka’s Kodagu are blocked and massive rescue operation has been launched Bengaluru:  The Army has joined operations to rescue people stranded due to floods and landslides in rain-battered Kodagu district bordering Kerala, officials said on Friday. All major roads leading to Kodagu are blocked and a massive rescue operation has been launched, they said. Multiple agencies, including the Indian Army’s one column of Dogra Regiment with 60 personnel, are involved in the operation. The Army’s Engineering task force, comprising 73 personnel with boats and other…

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Over 3,600 People Rescued From Flood-Hit Kerala: Defence Ministry

The Indian Army has rescued 3,627 persons, including 22 foreign nationals in the flood-hit Kerala. New Delhi:  Engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kerala, the Indian Army has been able to rescue 3,627 persons till date, including 22 foreign nationals, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. With an over 1,000 persons-strong rescue team, the Army is engaged in alleviating the situation in flood-battered Kerala since August 9 when it was hit by torrential rains. Rain has continued ever since leading to worst flooding in over a century.…

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2 Workers At Private Port In Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam Buried Alive In Heap Of Coal

2 workers at a private port in Visakhapatnam died after a heap of coal fell on them (Representational) Visakhapatnam:  Two workers at the private Gangavaram Port in Visakhapatnam died early today after a heap of coal fell on them, police said. BV Ramaraju, 43 and K Mohan Rao, 59 were standing close to the heap and supervising loading operations when the accident took place, police said. The two were immediately pulled out and taken to hospital where they were declared brought dead, the police said. Source link

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After Rooftop Rescue, Sajitha Jabil, Kerala Woman Delivers Baby Boy. Indian Navy Tweets Photos

Sajitha Jabil, 25, beamed as she held her new-born baby while in hospital, after her rescue New Delhi:  The nightmare for a pregnant woman, stuck on the rooftop of her house in flood-hit Kerala, ended when an Indian Navy’s chopper reached to rescue her. Sajitha Jabil lives in Chengamanad town near Aluva, one of the worst affected areas in the rain battered state, where 324 people died over the last eight days. There was no rescuer in sight when the 25-year-old’s water broke. But a Navy chopper arrived soon after,…

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Kerala Floods: Set Special Camps, Make Immediate Payments: Insurance Regulator To Companies

Property worth crores have been damaged with over 300 people dead in Kerala Floods. (File) New Delhi:  As rains and floods continued to wreak havoc in Kerala, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) today asked all insurance companies to set up special camps and make immediate payments against insurance claims. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has issued guidelines in regard for both life and non-line insurance claims and has asked them to report the progress. More than 100 people died in rain-related incidents in Kerala in…

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Husband Of Nurse Who Died Of Nipah Donates 1st Salary For Kerala Flood Relief

Sajeesh Puthussery was appointed as a clerk in the state health department last month Kerala:  Sajeesh Puthussery, husband of Nurse Lini who gave up her life after contracting Nipah from patients, donated his first salary as a government clerk to the Kerala flood relief fund. Last month, Sajeesh was appointed as a clerk in the state health department after he rushed back to Kerala hearing about his ailing wife. After the heroic sacrifice of his wife, Sajeesh too gave up his salary for the deadly floods in the state that…

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Flights From Trivandrum Instead Of Kochi, Says Air India

Kerala is facing the worst rain fury under a red alert for the fifth day today. Mumbai:  National carrier Air India today said its flights scheduled to depart from the Kochi airport, which has been shut down till August 26 due to floods, will operate from Thiruvananthapuram. The airline said the new schedule is for the August 18-20 period. The rescheduled flights are AI 933 to Dubai, AI 047 to New Delhi, AI 682 to Mumbai, AI 511 to New Delhi and AI 510 to Chennai, a release said. Against…

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Crisis Management Body Orders Additional Resources For Flood-Hit Kerala

PM Narendra Modi will visit Kerala this evening to take stock of the flood situation there. (Filed) New Delhi:  The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s top body to handle emergency situation, met for the second time in two days today and directed to mobilise additional resources to all agencies who were engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kerala. So far, the central government has mobilised deployment of 339 motorised boats, 2,800 life jackets, 1,400 life buoys, 27 light towers and 1,000 raincoats, an official spokesperson said…

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Psychologists, Counsellors Help Children Relax

Kerala floods: Over 200 families have been living at a government shelter in Wayanad. Wayanad:  Around 20,000 people had to trade in their homes for a shelter from floodwaters and rain in Kerala’s Wayanad. At least 10 people have died in the massive monsoon triggered landslides and flood – they are among the 164 people who have died in the state since August 8. Kerala has been hit by the most savage monsoon in a century, and rivers and reservoirs have been overflowing, flooding a large part of the state.…

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On Video, Navy Rescue Of Kerala Pregnant Woman Whose Water Broke

Kerala rescue: The pregnant woman wearing a harness can be seen being airlifted on video. New Delhi:  The nightmare for a pregnant woman, stuck on the rooftop of her house in flood-hit Kerala, ended when an Indian Navy’s chopper reached to rescue her. The woman’s water broke when she was rescued. A doctor was first lowered from the chopper to examine her condition before she was airlifted and taken to Sanjivani multi-speciality hospital in Alappuzha district. In a video posted by the Indian Navy’s official handle, the pregnant woman wearing…

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Kerala Floods: Explore Possibility Of Reducing Water Level In Mullaperiyar Dam: Supreme Court

Top court has asked to look for possibility to reduce water level from the existing 142 feet to 139 feet. The Supreme Court today asked the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and a sub-committee set up by Kerala to deal with the flood situation in the state to coordinate and explore the possibility of reducing the water level at the Mullaperiyar dam by three feet. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked Kerala and Tamil Nadu to abide by the directions given by NCMC…

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On Video, Dramatic House Collapse After Rain In Karnataka’s Kodagu

Bengaluru:  Heavy rain in six districts in Karnataka has led to floods and landslides in the southern state. The state government has announced a Rs 200 crore relief fund for the affected districts. One of the worst-hit is Kodagu, a district in south-western Karnataka known for its coffee plantations and small waterfalls that draw a lot of tourists. Residents of Kodagu, 260 km from Bengaluru, have been posting updates on the rain situation on social media. All roads leading to Kodagu are blocked due to multiple landslides, PRS Chetan, member…

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami To Pinarayi Vijayan

No threat to safety of Mullaperiyar dam, wrote Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter To Pinarayi Vijayan. Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assuring that there was no threat to the safety of the Mullaperiyar Dam. In his letter to Mr Vijayan, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister further said that the water in the dam was being stored at the permitted level of 142 feet as per the orders issued by the Supreme Court. “I would like to state that the Mullaperiyar…

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Karnataka Government Announces Rs 200 Crore For Flood Relief Work

HD Kumaraswamy said Rs 237.55 crore was available with all district commissioners Bengaluru:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today announced a grant-in-aid of Rs 200 crore for relief work in districts hit by floods and landslides in the state due to incessant rains. He was speaking to reporters after reviewing the situation in the rain-affected districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkmagaluru, Kodagu and parts of Hassan and Uttara Kannada. The chief minister said Rs 237.55 crore was available with all district commissioners and there was no dearth of funds to…

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Rahul Gandhi Concerned About Floods In Kerala, Urges People To Donate

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today on Twitter expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala. New Delhi:  Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and took to Twitter to make a fervent appeal to people for help by contributing to the chief minister’s relief fund. Rahul Gandhi also tagged the link of the chief minister’s relief fund to his tweet asking people to contribute, and said “it is time to step up and help”. “I am deeply concerned for the people of #Kerala tonight,…

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12 More Disaster Relief Teams Rushed To Flood-Hit Kerala

A red alert has been sounded in 12 of the 14 districts of Kerala. New Delhi:  Twelve fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed by the Centre today to rain-battered Kerala. Six teams each are being airlifted from Delhi and Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and they will be dropped at Thiruvananthapuram today, a force spokesperson said. Only yesterday, 4 teams of the federal disaster contingency force were sent to Kerala and with their addition the total number of NDRG teams operating in the state had gone up…

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Telengana Police’s Facial Recognition Technology Reunites Lost Child With Family

Police is setting the database of all missing children across the country. (Representational) Hyderabad:  A six-year-old boy who had gone missing nearly a year ago from the city has been reunited with his family with the help of ‘Facial Recognition System’ (FRS) launched by the Telangana police. A missing report was filed in October last year, after the boy, (then aged six) had gone out to play with his friends but never returned, police said. Thanks to FRS, the boy was traced to ‘Kutumbam’ home for children in Dindigul, where…

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Kerala Torrential Rain To Continue, Choppers Lift People From Rooftops

Kochi:  Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in Kerala today as the death toll reached 86 with dozens more feared dead. Helicopters airlifted stranded victims from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as incessant torrential rain brought fresh havoc to the state that is a major international tourist draw. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state now faces an “extremely grave” crisis with downpours predicted to last days more. The region’s main airport has been ordered closed until August 26.…

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Cauvery Water Discharge Floods Villages, Destroys Crops In Tamil Nadu

Following discharge of excess water people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated. (File) Chennai:  Low-lying villages along the banks of the Cauvery river and its tributary Bhavani in Tamil Nadu were inundated and crops submerged following heavy discharge of surplus water from Mettur dam, while people were shifted to safer locations. The dam has been releasing record amount of excess waters following discharge from dams in neighbouring Karnataka, affecting several villages, officials said. Following discharge of excess water from Bhavani Sagar reservoir (as the dam almost touched the full…

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On Mullaperiyar Dam, Top Court Raps Adversarial Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Mullaperiyar Dam: Both Tamil Nadu and Kerala “must work together in harmony” the Supreme Court said Kochi:  The flood situation in Kerala is “grave” and it is not the time to be “adversarial”, the Supreme Court has told the government of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which are battling over discharge of water from Mullaperiyar Dam. Both states “must work together in harmony” the top court said. Kerala, which considers the water level in the dam to be unsafe, wants Tamil Nadu, which operates it, to safely release the water in…

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Additional NDRF Teams Deployed For Rescue Operation

At least 73 people have lost their lives in Kerala floods. New Delhi:  Additional National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed in flood-hit Kerala for the rescue operation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. Mr Singh also spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the flood situation. “Had a telephonic conversation with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the prevailing flood situation in the state. The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Kerala. We are providing all possible assistance. I am in constant touch with…

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