Relief Operations Continue in Full Force
All wings of the defence forces have intensified further their rescue and relief operations in Kerala. A navy aircraft transported relief material and army personnel to flood hit areas on 16 August.
Relief camps were also set up inside an aircraft hangar in Naval Base Kochi.
4 Capital Ships of ING Reaches Kochi
Four Capital Ships of Indian Coast Guard have reached Kochi and joined the Disaster and Relief Team, reported ANI.
24 teams are already working in flood affected villages. Indian Coast Guard so far has rescued 1764 people and guided 4688 people to safer locations.
Kodagu-Mangalore Highway Blocked
The Kodagu-Mangalore highway has been blocked in Makanur area due to multiple landslides triggered due to heavy incessant rainfall in the region, reported ANI.
“We are landlocked as all roads leading out of Madikeri are blocked due to multiple landslides, we are unable to move to save people,” PRS Chetan, Civil Defense QRT (quick reaction team) told ANI.
Five Units of NDRF Reach Kerala
Five units of National Disaster Response Force have reached Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, 17 August for rescue operations. Thirty five teams are expected to reach there later in the day, reported ANI.
PM Narendra Modi Speaks to CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about the flood situation in the state. He also confirmed that he will visit the state later in the day.
Red Alert Issued in 13 Districts
A red alert has been issued in 13 districts except Kasaragod on Friday, 17 August, reported ANI.
Death Toll Touches 114
With the death toll in the devastating floods rising to 114 in Kerala, and more than one lakh people living in relief camps across the state, the Centre on Thursday, 16 August, deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation.
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