8 Kerala Districts On High Alert After Heavy Rain; 31,000 In Rescue Camps

Kochi:  More than half of the 14 districts in Kerala have been put on high alert, officials said on Saturday, as the death toll from one of the worst floods in the southern state reached 34. Torrential rains and landslides have ravaged farmlands and prompted massive evacuation efforts in Kerala. Crops on 1,031 hectares (2547.66 acres) have been damaged and 31,000 people have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority’s (KSDMA) control room in the state capital. A senior official there…

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People In Relief Camps After Kerala Rain

Idukki:  As Kerala reels with one of the worst natural calamities in its history, evacuated people at relief camps say their worst nightmare is far from over. 24-year-old Bibin, a driver, lost his grandparents in a landslide, on Thursday early morning around 3. They had just moved to a house on rent, a kilometre away from their own house, which was on the banks of Periyar river – after warnings from officials. “Officials had alerted us that there could be flooding due to opening of dam shutters. So, we had…

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Tamil Nadu’s Mettur Dam Close To Full Water Level For Second Time

A flood alert has already been sounded in the Cauvery delta districts. (File) Coimbatore:  The water level in Mettur dam reached its maximum of 120 feet today, the second time since July 23, following heavy discharge of water from Karnataka reservoirs. Official sources said heavy inflow of 1.34 lakh cusecs resulted in the dam reaching its full level of 120 feet around 2 pm. A flood alert has already been sounded in the Cauvery delta districts, including Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore, besides those downstream following discharge of large quantity of…

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Makes Personal Contribution Of Rs 1 Lakh For Flood Relief

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged everyone to contribute generously for relief efforts. (File) Thiruvananthapuram:  With Kerala facing an unprecedented rain havoc, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, has made a personal contribution of Rs one lakh to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). Urging everyone to contribute generously to relief efforts, Mr Vijayan, in a Facebook post said that rebuilding the affected areas is going to be an arduous task. The Chief Minister had also asked everyone to express solidarity with the people of the state in their hour of…

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Rs 4 Lakh To Be Given To Families Of People Killed In Kerala Floods

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts. Wayanad:  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the families of people who died in the devastating floods that have hit the state. He also surveyed the flood-hit districts.  Floods in Kerala have claimed 29 lives so far. The deaths were reported from Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts. Mr Vijayan made the announcement while presiding over a review meeting in Wayanad to discuss the loss and destruction…

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Takes Aerial Survey Of Flood-Hit Districts

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been personally monitoring the flood situation in the state Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took an aerial survey of flood-ravaged districts of the state which have been pounded by heavy rains since the past few days. Due to inclement weather, the chief minister’s helicopter could not land at Kattapana in Idukki, where he had called a meeting to review the situation in the backdrop of the opening of five shutters of Idukki Dam, government sources said. The helicopter left for Wayanad where the…

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Rahul Gandhi Urges Congress Workers To Help People In Need

Rahul Gandhi urged Congress worker in Kerala to help those in need during the Kerala floods New Delhi:  Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and urged party workers in the rain-battered state to help those in need. He said the unprecedented rainfall has wrecked havoc in the southern state, destroying property and forcing thousands to leave their homes. “Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property and forcing thousands to abandon their homes,” Mr Gandhi said. “I urge each and every Congress…

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Number Of Deaths Rise To 29, Thousands Evacuated; 54 Tourists Rescued

Kerala Floods: An aeriel view of the floods in Kerala’s Aluva region after heavy rain across the state Thiruvananthapuram:  When it rains, it pours; and Kerala is experiencing it. Dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed, roads have caved in, sections of highways collapsed, and homes swept away in ferocious floods. People are homeless, tourists are stranded, and wildlife is in danger as more than half of Kerala is dealing with severe flooding due to the unforgiving rain. Opening of all five gates of one of the dams of the Idukki…

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Karnataka To Waive More Crop Loans Of Farmers

The state government is waiting for the clearance of the Central government to waive crop loans farmers Bengaluru:  The Karnataka government would waive additional crop loans to the tune of Rs 9,448 crore borrowed from the state cooperative banks by farmers till July 10, said an official on Friday. “The state cabinet has cleared the finance department”s proposal to waive crop loans worth Rs 9,448 crore raised by about 20 lakh farmers from cooperatives across the state,” an official in the Chief Minister”s Office told IANS. The latest waiver is…

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27 Tamil Nadu Fishermen Arrested By Sri Lankan Navy

The fishermen reportedly strayed into the Lankan waters by mistake. (Representational) Rameswaram:  A total of 27 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested on Friday by the Sri Lankan Navy on the charge of fishing in the island nation waters, according to a fisheries department official. The Lankan Navy also impounded the four country boats of the fishermen from nearby Nagapattinam, Thondi and Pudukottai, Pudukottai Assistant Director of Fisheries Kumaresen said. The fishermen reportedly strayed into the Lankan waters by mistake, he said quoting information received by the department. Source link

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6-Day Vedic Ceremony To Begin At Lord Balaji Temple Today

On an average, only 30,000 devotees would be allowed into the shrine daily. Tirupati:  The famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near Tirupati is all set for a six-day ritual, held once in 12 years, beginning today during which only 30,000 devotees would be allowed per day, under one third of the regular influx. The ‘Astabandhana Balalaya Mahasamprokshanam’, would begin after 9 pm when the high priests would undertake minor structural repairs inside the sanctum of the 2,000-year old temple and other sub-shrines, an official of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam…

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Man Who Raped Minor Let Off With Rs 2.5 Lakh Fine By Village “Elders”

The accused and four of the six ‘elders’ have been arrested, says police. (Representational) Hyderabad:  A man who allegedly impregnated a minor girl, a farm worker, after a false promise of marrying her was let off with a Rs 2.5 lakh ‘compensation’ and externed by a group of elders in a village in Telangana, police said yesterday. After the shocking incident that took place on August 1 came to light, the man and four of the six ‘elders’ who held the ‘mediation meet’ at Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar district were arrested…

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