Death toll nears 400 in India's flood-hit Kerala, dozens missing

Rescue operations being carried out at flood-affected regions in Kochi on Saturday

"We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days", he said.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to hundreds of thousands of Keralites, has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that it would be providing $100 million for Kerala, Vijayan told the media.

The UAE has offered Rs 700 crore even as the central government announced Rs 500 crore as an emergency relief for the state.

Earlier, lauding the rescue team for their operation in flood-hit state, Southern Army Commander Lt Gen DR Soni said on Monday that his "boys reached places where lights and helicopters cannot". On Aug. 20, the state's top official, Pinarayi Vijayan, announced the government would pay those fishermen about $50 for each day they helped and also pay for repairs for boats damaged during rescues.

He also said the Army's medical teams would extend the first line of relief in co-ordination with the government. Flagging off a convoy of trucks carrying these supplies, Animal Husbandary Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said the decision to supply animal feed and vaccines followed the severe shortage of this material in Kerala.

Small aircraft are being operated from the naval airport as the Kochi International Airport has shut operations till August 26 following flooding of the runways.

Declaring the Kerala floods as a "national calamity" would help in garnering funds not only from the country but also in getting aid from overseas, Antony said.

On Monday, helicopters started their rescue operations in places where people still remained marooned.

► Aviation regulator DGCA is, meanwhile, monitoring airfares for flights connecting flood-hit Kerala as this is a unique situation of "humanitarian crisis", Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said in the national capital. At Chengannur in Alapuzha district, at least 5,000 are stranded, according to revenue officials quoted by PTI.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government has also made a decision to distribute cleaning kits. Rainfall over Kerala during the South West Monsoon (June 1 to Aug 19) has been exceptionally high. The maximum deaths were reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far. Traders had stocked up before the Hindu harvest festival of Onam on Saturday, the chief minister said.

"Over 10.78 lakh displaced people, including 2.12 lakh women and one lakh children below 12 years of age, have been sheltered in 3,200 relief camps".

Road and rail services have resumed in most parts of the state but clearing houses of the debris washed up by surging flood water is a daunting task.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alvaro Morata insists he never thought of leaving Chelsea this summer
Aug 21, 2018 - 13:41
Sarri's men have now won their last two EPL games to top the league table with six points. I want to play and have the ball at my feet.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump ignites debate on earnings reports
Aug 20, 2018 - 21:17
Still, Clayton hasn't floated reducing the number of times that companies must disclose their financial performance each year. In theory, this information helps investors make informed decisions about the future success of a company.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Priyanka Chopra Shares Intimate Photos From Her and Nick Jonas's Engagement Ceremony
Aug 19, 2018 - 22:23
Priyanka Chopra is officially off the market. "Wish you both loads of love, happiness and togetherness always", she wrote. Later in the day more Bollywood celebs descended at Chopra's Mumbai residence to celebrate the couple.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Obamas pay tribute to ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin
Aug 17, 2018 - 22:32
Franklin's records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aretha Franklin: 10 songs that make you want to dance
Aug 17, 2018 - 22:15
Stevie Wonder and her ex-husband Glynn Turman paid the singer a visit, Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told CNN . And in New York City, fans have taken to redecorating the Franklin Street subway station in her honor.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Crude oil futures climb 1.46% on firm global cues
Aug 16, 2018 - 17:18
Despite the slight reduction in forecasts, Opec indicated the robust growth in demand is driving global oil markets into deficit. While OPEC output rose in July, the group also lifted forecasts for supply from its rivals for the rest of the year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port
Aug 16, 2018 - 14:27
While Britain could theoretically be considered as a destination port, it was not practical to bring the ship there. Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini, also via Twitter , insisted the ship would not be entering Italy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top L'Equipe: Zidane wants to take over at Manchester United
Aug 16, 2018 - 13:08
I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches", said Mourinho. Fred admits his agent convinced him to sign for Manchester United this summer.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Worst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala
Aug 16, 2018 - 12:27
Flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to flood-hit Kochi have been grounded after the airport serving the Kerala city was closed. Kochi-Doha-Kochi flights operated by various airlines will be affected due to the flooding of the runway at the airport.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Twitter temporarily restricts conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account
Aug 16, 2018 - 12:00
But after CNET pointed that out to Twitter, the platform reportedly suspended the InfoWars Periscope account as well. In recent weeks, tech companies have had to wrestle with their handling of Jones and his inflammatory posts.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Omarosa feud rooted in her allegations of racism
Aug 16, 2018 - 08:14
The White House Council of Economic Advisors also apologized for the mistake, saying there was a "miscommunication" with Sanders . In a morning tweet, Mr Trump praised his chief of staff, John Kelly , for firing Ms Manigault Newman past year .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pregnant reality star, Lyric McHenry found dead of apparent overdose in NY
Aug 16, 2018 - 02:33
According to the Daily News , a small Ziplock bag of cocaine was found on McHenry , and police suspect she died of an overdose. Authorities said that McHenry was found wearing a pajama top and underwear, but no trousers , the Daily Mail reported.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vermont’s Christine Hallquist Wins Primary, Could Be First Transgender Governor
Aug 15, 2018 - 23:55
If elected in November, Mr Sanders would extend his run as the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history. Jahana Hayes, a former teacher of the year, became the Democratic nominee in a western district of CT .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkey doubles tariffs on some USA imports over economy "attacks"
Aug 15, 2018 - 21:41
The second is that Erdogan would have to bury his hatchet with the United States, which remains the IMF's largest shareholder. Neither the White House , Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor Apple immediately responded to a request for comment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New tape shows Trump campaign aides discussing possibility of N-word tape
Aug 14, 2018 - 23:00
According to her, there are "protections afforded" to her for blowing the whistle on those in the White House. A feud between the two has escalated as Mrs Newman promotes a new book that is very critical of him.