Disaster In God’s Own Country, Death Toll Rises To 324, Kochi Airport Shut Till August 26
God’s own country – Kerala is facing the worst floods in the last 100 years, which have claimed 324 lives over the last nine days. The state is facing a worst monsoon in which 108 lives were lost on a single day, Thursday (16 August 2018). Over 2 lakh people have become homeless which are set in over 1500 relief camps, informed the Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan.
To add to the misery, fuel stations are running dry, hospitals are facing oxygen shortage, the Kochi airport is under water and will be closed till 26 August, also mobile networks are shut down.
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
All districts apart from Kasargod are under red alert. The Meteorological Department has warned that heavy rains may affect the other 13 districts. The Chief Minister has warmed every one to remain cautious and stop spreading misinformation. The CMO has released helpline numbers for the 14 districts of the state.
Alert: People in the low lying areas along Chalakudy river and its tributaries are requested to move to higher locations as a precautionary measure. All stranded people are being attended by the forces in maximum capacity. #KeralaFloods2018 pic.twitter.com/6QWiTj2Guc
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 16, 2018
The Defence Ministry has provided 1300 life jackets, 512 lifebuoys, 1000 raincoats, 300 gumboots, 1200 ready to eat meals, 1500 food packets and 104 motor boats for rescue and relief operations.
After yday’s request from Hon. @CMOKerala these items are provided by MoD. Over & above those given earlier.
Remaining items are being provided today. @PIBTvpm
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) August 17, 2018
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already left for Kerala to take a stock of the situation, after attending the funeral of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Leaving for Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2018