17 Aug : News Express 24 :-
The torrential rains and floods in Kerala have created a terrible catastrophe. The condition of the province has become very bad. This time the rain and flood has broken the record of 100 years. Many parts of the province have been completely submerged. To get water out, 80 dams have been opened. So far 324 people have died and two lakh 23 thousand 139 people have become homeless. People have taken refuge in more than 1500 relief camps. This information was given by Kerala CMO.
Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps. Your help can rebuild the lives of the affected. Donate to https://t.co/FjYFEdOsyl #StandWithKerala.
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 17, 2018
Due to torrential rains and floods, water was flooded up to Kochi airport, which led to it shutting down till Saturday. Operations of aircraft have been completely stopped. Train and road transport services have stalled. Water is flooded in roads and buildings. The water on the streets is so full that the yacht is being used to get people out.
— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
The Kerala government has appealed to people to donate donations to help the flood victims. Any flood through donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in can help the victims.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also done aerial surveys of some districts of Kerala. After the aerial survey, Rajnath had said that the situation in Kerala really got worse. After this he also announced the package for Kerala. NDRF and Indian Air Force are also engaged in relief and rescue operations.
In order to evacuate people trapped in the flood in Kerala, the Indian Air Force operation is running ‘Karuna’. Through the 5 Mi-17V5 and three other helicopters, people stranded in Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts have been rescued. Apart from this, the Ministry of Defense has provided 1300 life jackets, 571 lifebooys, one thousand raincoats, 1300 gamboot, 25 motorized boat, nine non motorized boat, 1500 food packets and 1200 ready-to-eat mill for relief and rescue work in Kerala. .
Telecom companies will provide free services for 7 days
The country’s leading telecom companies have announced a seven days free calling and data facility in flooded Kerala. At the same time, there has been relief for bill payments and other services. Government telecom company BSNL and Reliance Jio have given free calling facility to their customers in Kerala. Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have given limited number of free calling facilities to their prepaid customers.
PM Modi will go to Kerala today, will air survey
— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2018
After Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also visit Kerala. On Friday, after the last rites of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he will go to Kerala. After this, PM Modi will conduct aerial survey of flood affected areas on Saturday. PM Modi tweeted that he is leaving for Kerala to take stock of the situation.
Leaving for Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2018
Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had conducted an aerial survey of flood affected areas along with tourism minister KG Alphons.