Kerala floods Live Updates: Kerala floods be declared “national calamity” demands Congress

Live updates on the situation in flood-hit Kerala and Kodagu, Karnataka as the death toll in Kerala touched 324 on August 17 and a red alert continued in 12 districts; rescue operations continue

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18 Aug 2018, 5:00 PM

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

18 Aug 2018, 4:56 PM

All our MPs, MLAs and MLC to donate their one month salary for flood relief in Kerala: Randeep Surjewala, Congress

18 Aug 2018, 4:44 PM

Kerala floods be declared “national calamity” demands Congress

The Congress on Saturday demanded that Kerala floods be declared  national calamity and urged Prime Minister Modi to not discriminate between BJP ruled states and non-BJP ruled states in matter of flood relief.

Addressing media after Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with PCC Presidents, AICC General Secretaries and In-charges of the States; head  of the AICC communication department, Randeep Surjewala said, “we believe Modi ji should stop discriminating in matters of flood relief between BJP and non-BJP Governments. Only mere ₹100 crore has been given to people of Kerala, while there is absolute devastation. It is time that PM Modi must rise above political partisan game and come forward as a nation to help people of Kerala, people of Karnataka and other States affected by the flood and declare Kerala floods as a national calamity.”

Highklighting “grave situation arising out of floods in Karnataka” Surjewala said Congress governments will come forward to help people of Kerala.

18 Aug 2018, 4:38 PM

BJP Maharashtra Minister Ravindra Chavan donates his one month salary to Kerala Floods relief

18 Aug 2018, 4:35 PM

Nurses Union in Delhi calls for supplies


I am Vipin Krishnan, General Secretary - AIIMS Nurses Union Delhi.

For past 3 days we, AIIMS Delhi staffs, are collecting many essential medicines and relief items for Flood-hit camps in Kerala. Indian Navy will airlift our relief items to flood-hit areas at 12 midnight (18 August). But we are yet to receive the expected amount of contributions from people around Delhi.

As being one of the most influential internet personality in India, I kindly request you to post a video on your social media platforms, explaining the situation and ask people to drop the essential list of items to the drop points we created around Delhi NCR region. We are expecting monetary help rather than donations. So please request them to give any of the following items, whichever they can, rather than giving donations.

You can post below given details along with the video:

Items Needed:

1.Sanitary Napkins

2.Child / Adult Diapers

3.Undergarments / Nightie / T-shirts / Trousers

4.Rice bags / Green / Dal / Sugar / Tea

5.Blankets / Bed-Sheets / Towels

6.Toothpaste / Brushes / Toilet Soaps


1. Pantocid 40mg

2. ORS packets

3. Citrizine 10mg

4. Paracetamol 500mg

5. Tab Cefixime 200mg

6. Syrup Cefixime

7. Seroflow inhaler

8. Absorbent Cotton wool

9. Paracetamol syrup 125mg

10. Clotrimazole

11. Tab Amplodipine 5mg

12. Tab Minipress XL 5mg

13. Clopidogrel 75mg

14. Tab Metrogyl 400mg

15. Surgical Spirit 500ml

16. Dettol Solutions

Details of collection centers run by AIIMS Nurses Union and Team:

1. Delhi - South:

AIIMS Nurses Union Office, Near SBI Bank Ansari Nagar

Contact no:

Ram Chandran - +91 9560240908

Jinesh - +91 9968720944

Timing: 9:00 a.m-8:00p.m.

2. Delhi – South Avenue

Flat No:7, South Avenue, Near President’s Estate - 110011

Contact no:

Sharan - +91 9497485604

Timing: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00p.m.

3. Noida

44C A5, Pocket 5, Sector 71, Metro Apartment, Noida - 201301

Contact no:

Renjith - +91 8010475625, +91 9319761425

Johncy Mathew - +91 9582007568

Timing: 8:00 a.m - 11:00p.m.

4. Delhi - West

JA 18-D, DDA Flats, Hari Enclave, Hari Nagar - 110064

Contact no:

Niranjan - +91 8587875939

Timing: 6:00 a.m-11:00p.m.

5. Delhi - East

75-A, Pocket C2, Mayur Vihar Phase 3 – 110096

Contact no:

Shideesh Lal - +91 8130067896

Timing: 8:00 a.m-7:00p.m.

6. Delhi – North East

P 35/A5, Pocket P, Near Shani Mandir, Dilshad Garden - 110095

Contact no:

Jino Mon Joseph - +91 9495306683

Timing: 8:00 a.m-10:00 p.m.

7. Delhi – Jawahar Lal Nehru University

JNU Students Union Office.

Contact no:

Sooraj - +91 9205748367

Timing: 9:00 a.m-8:00p.m.

We sincerely request for your help, in this case, to ask the youth to work together for this cause.

Please contact below given number if you want any more details or a request in our official letterhead (We are not able to provide that along with this email because of lack of time)

Vipin Krishnan

Phone Number: +91 9540996077




General Secretary,

AIIMS Nurses Union,

AIIMS Delhi - 110029


Vipin Krishnan

18 Aug 2018, 4:35 PM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announces ₹15 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund

18 Aug 2018, 4:15 PM

Trolled Hanan contributes ₹1.5 lakh to CM's Relief fund

As Kerala is struggling to cope with the flood fury, 21-year-old college student, who was viciously trolled for selling fish to meet her educational needs, has contributed ₹1.5 lakh towards the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.

18 Aug 2018, 4:13 PM

Be cautious of fake volunteers for Kerala floods

18 Aug 2018, 4:07 PM

Red Alert issued for Saturday in 11 districts of Kerala

Red Alert issued for in 11 districts of Kerala. Heavy rainfall predicted for the day in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam & Kasaragod.

18 Aug 2018, 4:07 PM

NDRF teams have rescued 194 persons & 12 livestock & evacuated 10,467 persons & provided pre-hospital treatment to 159 persons

18 Aug 2018, 3:35 PM

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani announces ₹10 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund

18 Aug 2018, 3:30 PM

Four 100-member army teams have been deployed in Chengannur

Attempts to rescue the stranded are on a war-footing basis. 4 helicopters, 5 military boats & 65 fishing boats are part of operations. Four 100-member strong army teams have been deployed. Food is being supplied using helicopters

18 Aug 2018, 3:15 PM

Tamil Nadu announces ₹5 cr more, relief materials, medical teams for Kerala

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday announced relief materials including rice, milk and Rs five crore more for relief operations in the flood ravaged Kerala. Palaniswami said essential medicines and teams comprising medical and veterinary doctors will be immediately dispatched to the neighbouring state.

18 Aug 2018, 3:16 PM

Drinking water shortage in most camps in Ernakulam. People requesting for fishing boats for rescue as helicopters will not be able to land

18 Aug 2018, 3:13 PM

Jhanrkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced an aid of ₹5 crores for flood-hit Kerala

18 Aug 2018, 3:01 PM

What Modi has given to Kerala is grossly insufficient for urgent rescue and relief: Sitaram Yechury

18 Aug 2018, 2:57 PM

Declare financial aid for Kerala: NCP, Congress to Maharashtra CM

Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde on Saturday asked the state government to help Kerala which has been ravaged by the worst floods in almost a century. He asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to announce financial assistance for the southern state and also urged the Centre to declare the floods there a national disaster. State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said over 320 people had lost their lives till now, adding that Maharashtra should declare financial aid with an open heart

18 Aug 2018, 2:54 PM

People being shifted to a relief camp after they were rescued from a various flood-hit areas in Kochi

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18 Aug 2018, 2:54 PM

AAP MLAs, MPs and ministers donating one-month salary for Kerala: Kejriwal

All AAP MPs, MLAs and ministers will donate one-month salary for the relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala, where 194 people have died.

18 Aug 2018, 2:48 PM

People wade across waterlogged streets as heavy monsoon rains causes floods, at Paravoor in Kochi

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18 Aug 2018, 2:44 PM

Federal bank appeals account holders in Kerala to avoid any transaction

This is humble request to all federal bank account holders,

Kindly do not conduct any transaction from any part of the world (to or from) via withdrawals, deposits, ATM card, NEFT or any other sources of federal bank for a date till later informed, as we are facing a drastic server and banking issue at Aluva (Federal Bank Head Quarters) due to heavy flood in the region.

You may be also shown inappropriate amount in the fed app, those can be only rectified after the flood situation.

People are requested not to panic as all their information and amount are safe at our end.

Kindly corporate till we settle down the situation.

Request prayers for Kerala.

Federal Bank.

18 Aug 2018, 2:34 PM

Stranded people being rescued with the help of ropes in Madikeri by rescue teams

18 Aug 2018, 2:27 PM

Congress party demands that Kerala floods be declared a national calamity: Randeep Surjewala, Congress

18 Aug 2018, 2:21 PM

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

18 Aug 2018, 2:18 PM

According to initial estimates, Kerala has suffered a loss of ₹19, 220 crore

18 Aug 2018, 2:18 PM

In Idukki camp, more than 624 persons have been sheltered

18 Aug 2018, 2:18 PM

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

18 Aug 2018, 2:18 PM

Visuals of flooding and submerged houses from Chengannur.

18 Aug 2018, 2:14 PM

More than 2000 stranded in Neliyampathy near Palakkad

18 Aug 2018, 2:12 PM

Situation worsening in Ernakulam

Helicopters not reaching those stranded in Ernakulam. Locals helping in rescue efforts. Water not receding in koonamaavu in Ernakulam

18 Aug 2018, 2:10 PM

People in Aluva open Reliance store to take supplies

18 Aug 2018, 2:08 PM

People still stranded in Chengannur and Pandanad. Rescue efforts were not able to reach due to rainfall

18 Aug 2018, 2:03 PM

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

18 Aug 2018, 1:56 PM

IMD predicts heavy rainfall in 11 districts

18 Aug 2018, 1:31 PM

Kerala demands for ₹2000 crore, gets ₹500 crore from PM Modi

18 Aug 2018, 1:27 PM

People in Aluva open Reliance store to take supplies

18 Aug 2018, 1:26 PM

PM has announced ₹500 crore & all possible help. We thanked him & demanded more helicopters & boats: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

18 Aug 2018, 12:59 PM

Odisha sends fire services team to Kerala

The Odisha government on Saturday sent a 240-member fire services team to carry out rescue operations in flood-ravaged Kerala. The team along with 75 power boats was airlifted by the Indian Air Force from Biju Patnaik International Airport

18 Aug 2018, 12:57 PM

Union Minister Sadananda Gowda visits the flood affected areas

18 Aug 2018, 12:44 PM

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

18 Aug 2018, 12:43 PM

UAE President order formation of emergency committee to provide aid to Kerala

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has instructed the formation of a national emergency committee to provide relief assistance to people affected by flash floods in the Indian state of Kerala.

According to Sheikh Khalifa's instructions, the committee will be chaired by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), and include representatives from the UAE's humanitarian organisations.

18 Aug 2018, 12:23 PM

We have rescued 170 people and 7000 people have been evacuated to safer places. If required more teams will be deployed: Sanjay Kumar, DG, NDRF

18 Aug 2018, 12:22 PM

Lulu Mall in Kochi has started giving people things free of charge as long as stocks last

18 Aug 2018, 12:20 PM

Urban development Minister UT Khadar meets rescued flood victims who were stuck on a hill at Jodupala in Madikeri taluk

18 Aug 2018, 11:47 AM

UN chief saddened over destruction caused by Kerala flood

UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the flooding and extensive damage and displacement caused in rain-battered Kerala. "Our humanitarian colleagues as well as the country team in India have been following the recent floods very closely. The United Nations is of course saddened by the loss of life, destruction and displacement caused by floods in India," Stephane Dujarric, the UN Secretary-Generals spokesperson, told reporters on.

18 Aug 2018, 11:40 AM

Achankovil river near Alappuzha's Kollakadavu village is overflowing following heavy rainfall in the area

18 Aug 2018, 11:30 AM

Hundreds of people stranded in Ballamaati in Kodagu 5 kms away from Naapoklu. There has been no sort of contact that has been established with the district authorities

18 Aug 2018, 11:26 AM

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

18 Aug 2018, 11:20 AM

Declare Kerala floods a national disaster without further delay: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

18 Aug 2018, 11:14 AM

Odisha urges Kerala to assist stranded Odia labourers

"I would, therefore, request you to kindly make necessary arrangement for providing support in terms of food, drinking water and other necessities to the flood affected people from Odisha." the state's Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said in a letter to P H Kurian, Additional Chief Secretary, Disaster Management, Kerala.

18 Aug 2018, 11:14 AM

PM 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

18 Aug 2018, 11:08 AM

Army to use choppers for rescue operations in Kodagu

Army to use choppers for rescue operations in Kodagu which arrive at Harangi Dam helipad. Choppers to be pressed into service after rain subsides. Indian army arrives in district to take part in rescue & relief

18 Aug 2018, 11:03 AM

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal calls emergency meeting with Deputy CM & Resident Commissioner of Kerala to discuss on Kerala floods at 4 PM today

18 Aug 2018, 11:00 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood affected areas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood affected areas. PM has announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and 50,000 to those seriously injured, from PM’s National Relief Funds (PMNRF).

18 Aug 2018, 10:58 AM

Kodava Samaj in Bengaluru have sent three canters loaded with water, bread, milk, medicines & bed sheets for stranded victims in Kodagu

Kodava Samaj in Bengaluru has lent a helping hand to stranded victims in Kodagu. They have sent 3 canters loaded with water, bread, milk, medicines & bed sheets. The carriers left to Kushalnagar where relief items will be distributed.

18 Aug 2018, 10:49 AM

We need more help from the Centre and other states. Kerala is in distress: PC Chacko, Congress

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 on Kerala floods

18 Aug 2018, 10:48 AM

RAF personnel distribute relief material to stranded people in Palakkad's Mangalam Dam village

18 Aug 2018, 10:47 AM

State highway to Idukki city from Kumily is blocked due to landslide

18 Aug 2018, 10:46 AM

State Bank of India has announced waiver of fees and charges on services offered by the bank in Kerala

The State Bank of India has donated 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.

18 Aug 2018, 10:42 AM

Army officers hold meeting to save victims

18 Aug 2018, 8:38 AM

Saji Cheriyan, MLA, Chengannur: "It is highly critical in Chengannur. We are badly in need of helicopter for further rescue work. You please tell Mr Modi to help us by sending helicopter otherwise tens of thousands of people will die tonight for sure"

"It is highly critical in Chengannur. We are badly in need of helicopter for further rescue work. You please tell Mr. Modi to help us by sending helicopter otherwise tens of thousands of people will die tonight for sure. We have been demanding navy help for 5 days. Please explain why you don't give us navy. No navy or no military help had been provided. Air lifting is the only solution. Please, please give us helicopter. Soldiers should be posted. But why don't you do? I beg you, please help us, the people of Chengannur. Nobody is helping. Only the fishermen and common laborers come with their boats and are trying to rescue. But that is quite inadequate. Pamba and Achankovilar are flooding together. People are dying. Mr. Modi is not doing anything. Please give us a helicopter. I beg you. There is no way, thousand will die tonight. Central government should send the military force for quick action. I have been falling on knees for last five days. Nobody to hear. We all are in highly critical situation. My vehicle is under deep water. Every single person in chengannur is in danger. Even a single packet of food is not given to them yet. Tens of thousands will die tonight. Even the rescue workers are loosing their lives. Air lifting is the only solution."

- Saji Cheriyan. MLA, Chengannur

18 Aug 2018, 8:36 AM

Odisha urges Kerala to provide help to 130 Odias stranded in a house at Aluva Munnar Road, Odapally, near Asha Munnar Post Office

18 Aug 2018, 8:35 AM

Railways sends 2.8 lakh litres of drinking water through wagons and bottled water to flood-hit Kerala

18 Aug 2018, 8:35 AM

Telangana government delivers Rs 25 crore aid for flood-hit Kerala; KCR appeals to industrialists, businessmen and others to come forward and help Kerala

18 Aug 2018, 8:34 AM

Schools and colleges will remain shut on Saturday in affected districts of Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada

18 Aug 2018, 8:32 AM

Army's engineering task force deployed 73 boats, equipment and rafts in rescuing the people and escorting them to safer places in Kodagu district

18 Aug 2018, 8:31 AM

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy is visiting Kodagu on Saturday to review relief operations in the district where landslides claimed four lives since Thursday

18 Aug 2018, 8:30 AM

Army troops and Navy divers join national and state disaster relief forces to rescue hundreds of people marooned in Karnataka's flood-hit Kodagu district

18 Aug 2018, 8:28 AM

Media coverage of Kerala floods rises on Saturday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Kerala; however, largely focused on movements of PM

18 Aug 2018, 8:27 AM

Kodagu, Hassan and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka continue to face rain fury

18 Aug 2018, 8:26 AM

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

18 Aug 2018, 8:25 AM

Kodagu, Karnataka virtually turned into an island, says TV9 Kannada

18 Aug 2018, 8:24 AM

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav calls for extended whatever help we can in whatever capacity for Kerala

18 Aug 2018, 8:23 AM

Four helicopters reaching Chengannur area from Trivandrum. Army officials says initial rescue operations will be towards Chengannur. Total 10 aircraft airborne to different parts of the state; reports News18

18 Aug 2018, 8:12 AM

Rescue operations are also underway in flood-hit Kodagu, Karnataka

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Flood-hit Kodagu, Karnataka on August 17

18 Aug 2018, 8:09 AM

Achenkovil river overflowed into Pandalam town on Friday

18 Aug 2018, 8:09 AM

Hundreds of fishermen from coastal villages of Thiruvananthapuram arrived at Pathanamthitta and began rescue even as helicopters too began to airlift affected persons to safer places

18 Aug 2018, 8:09 AM

Pamba river has inundated several towns in Pathanamthitta. Ranni, Kozhenchery continue to be completely submerged

18 Aug 2018, 8:08 AM

A pregnant woman Sajitha Jabeel airlifted on Friday morning by a Navy rescue team from Aluva delivered a baby at Kochi Naval Base hospital soon after she was admitted

18 Aug 2018, 8:07 AM

Waters in Idukki and Wayanad areas and certain areas of Pathanathitta have receded

18 Aug 2018, 8:06 AM

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan: 40,000 policemen, 3,200 firefighters, 18 Army teams, 28 Coast Guard teams, 39 NDRF teams and 46 Navy teams engaged in rescue operations

18 Aug 2018, 8:05 AM

Waters from Periyar river and its tributaries kept many towns in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts submerged. Worst affected include Paravur, Kalady, Chalakudy, Perumbavoor and Muvattupuzha

18 Aug 2018, 8:03 AM

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan: Worst affected districts include Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur

18 Aug 2018, 8:03 AM

3,14,391 persons lodged in 2,094 relief camps across Kerala since August 8, when rains began pounding Kerala again

18 Aug 2018, 8:03 AM

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday night said the situation arising out of unprecedented floods and subsequent havoc caused by turgid rivers in Kerala continues to be "grave"

18 Aug 2018, 8:02 AM

Death toll in rain-battered Kerala touched 174 on Friday as a red alert continued in 12 districts; Over 80,000 persons were evacuated on Friday

The death toll in rain-battered Kerala touched 174 on Friday as a red alert continued in 12 districts, with various agencies continuing the rescue operations after rains subsided to evacuate over 80,000 persons during the day.

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