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Kerala Floods 2018 LIVE UPDATES: PM Modi Announces Rs 500 Crore Immediate Aid. Here's The Full Scope Of The Measures Announced

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

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Updates at 12:39 PM:  Ensuring hygiene and clearing waste from flood-hit areas is a challenge. Hygiene campaign will be carried out with the help of local bodies and local NGOs. Each affected ward will have separate teams to ensure hygiene. Volunteers will be enrolled for this task: Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM

Updates at 12:39 PM: President Kovind spoke to the Governor and the Chief Minister of Kerala to inquired about the flood situation

Updates at 12:39 PM: KJ Alphons lauds armed forces' rescue efforts:

Updates at 12:09 PM: Government school converted to a relief camp in Kerala

Updates at 12:09 PM: Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh's tweet for Kerala "Deeply saddened by the loss of valuable lives & mass destruction"

Updates at 11:41 AM: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announces 10 crore contribution to CM relief funds of Kerala

Updates at 11:26 AM: RJD leader Manoj Jha writes to PM Modi, urges him to declare as Kerala floods as national calamity 

Update at 11:05 AM: Defence Minister shares a summary of total air deployment:

Update at 10:51 AM:  

 Update at 10:01 AM: Orange alert issued for 10 districts, yellow alert for 2 districts. Rescue operations underway across the state

 Update at 10:01 AM: Wing commander Prasanth of Garud Special Force of IAF airlifts a toddler in Alappuzha, Kerala

Update at 9:40 AM: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman give details of relief measures undertaken by various Defence services

Update at 9:40 AM: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman give details on relief and deployment:


Update at 9:14 AM: Tears of joy for a girl as she gets rescued by forces

Update at 9:00 AM: No red alert in any district of Kerala. Sun has come out in most places.

Update at 6.30 AM: Water level in Kochi recedes. However, the situation in Alappuzha worsens. 

Update at 7:20 PM: In a letter to the Prime Minister, Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) pilots on the Airbus 320 & Boeing 787 in Air India, have committed to fly planes without payment to support Operation Madad & Operation Sahyog in Kerala.

Update at 7:03 PM: WATCH: Republic TV's report from an IAF Relief Aircraft in Kerala

Update at 6:32 PM: Operation Madad scaled up for rescue in many parts of Kerala. SNC rescue teams augmented by Gemini boats, divers and other resources from both Eastern and Western Naval Commands of the India Navy. 72 diving teams deployed across multiple locations in Kerala.

Update at 5:53 PM: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has released Rs 10 crores as assistance for flood-hit Kerala.

Update at 4:48 PM: Yogi Adityanath's government announces Rs15 crore as relief assistance to Kerala

Update at 4:45 PM: All Kerala Caterers Association has offered free food for relief camps. In case of any requirement, please contact - Sri.Jibi Peter: +919388604278

Update at 3:45 PM: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh spoke to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on telephone and offered all possible help from Chhattisgarh govt for Kerala floods.

Update at 3:42 PM: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announces Rs. 10 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund for flood-hit Kerala

Update at 3:38 PM: 

1. Indian Coast Guard continues with relief work in flood affected areas of Kerala. Currently 04 Offshore Patrol vessels 05 Aircraft and 31 Coast Guard Disaster Relief teams with Gemini boats and rafts are pressured into action. So far more than 2507 people have been evacuated to safe places and over 6415 provided with assistance.

2. Coast Guard is transporting more than 100 tons of relief material including food items, water, medicine etc. from Mumbai and New Mangalore. Most of the relief material has been sponsored by State Governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka and NGOs. In coordination with NDMA, SDMA and other state authorities, Coast Guard teams in flood affected area are assisting people in need. Almost 1000 Indian Coast Guard personnel are working day & night to provide disaster relief efforts. One Coast Guard ship sailed from Mumbai with 40 tons of relief material provided by Maharashtra Govt. and Malayali Samaj in Mumbai. An addition 50 tons is being transported from New Mangalore. 

3. Coast Guard has been in action since 09 Aug 18 in addition to dealing with five SAR operations at sea. In SAR operation at sea 31 lives were saved off Kerala and Karnataka Coast.

4. Coast Guard spokes person intimated that its Kerala State headquarters is working in tandem with State Govt. and NDMA to provide necessary assistance to people of Kerala and would continue to do so till normalcy is achieved.

Update at 3:17 PM: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala

Update at 3:10 PM: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis donates Rs 20 crore towards Kerala relief fund. "CM @Dev_Fadnavis announces ₹20 crore as immediate assistance from Maharashtra Government for Kerala flood affected persons. State Government is constantly in touch with Kerala Government for their requirements and the necessary support, since yesterday," CMO Maharashtra's Twitter message read.

Update at 2:40 PM: Rescue operations underway at Kaipattoor, Pathanamthitta, Kerala

Update at 2:35 PM: Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan has sought support from nation towards the Kerala flood. "The situation in Kerala is critical. Help is required. Please let’s come forward and do whatever we can. Our friends in Kerela need us right now. I have contributed a sum and I request you all to do whatever you can. God bless #KerelaFloodRelief," his message read.

Update at 2:15 PM: Here's how you can do your bit for the people stranded in Kerala floods. Send an SMS or WhatsApp text to 7738851669

Update at 2:05 PM: Special aircraft of Indian Army reaches Thiruvananthapuram with food and basic amenities for flood affected areas

Update at 1:59 PM: All AAP MLAs, MPs and ministers donating one month salary for Kerala: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Update at 1:58 PM: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced an aid of Rs 5 crores for flood-hit Kerala from Chief Minister Relief Fund. He has also announced that 245 fire personnel with boats will be sent to Kerala for rescue operations.

Update at 1:40 PM: Donations from Different States for Kerala Flood :-

Andhra - 10 Cr
Jharkand - 5 Cr
Maharashtra - 20 Cr
Madhya Pradesh - 10 Cr 
Delhi - 10 Cr
Bihar - 10 Cr
Haryana - 10 Cr 
Karnataka - 10 Cr 
Odisha - 5 Cr 
Punjab - 10 Cr 
Pondicherry - 2 Cr 
Tamil Nadu - 10 Cr 
Telengana - 25 Cr

Update at 1:35 PM: All Congress MP's and MLA's to donate their one-month salary to Kerala relief fund through AICC.

Update at 1:30 PM: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar donates Rs 10 crore to Kerala relief fund. 

Update at 1:13 PM: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami announces support of Rs 5 crore in addition to Rs 5 crore he donated earlier to Kerala.

Update at 1:12 PM: Situation is still very serious. We have managed to minimize death toll by rescue operations. Criticism is not the need of the hour: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Update at 1:11 PM: We need more helicopters and other rescue operation equipment's. PM has assured us for better co-operation: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Update at 1:10 PM: We briefed PM about the situation. He has provided relief funds to the people of Kerala: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Update at 1:00 PM: We have given warning of heavy rainfall for two days, today and tomorrow. Further normal rainfall will continue: Dr. K Sathi Devi, Head of national weather forecasting centre

Update at 12:50 PM: Attorney General KK Venugopal has donated Rs 1 crore to the Kerala relief fund.

Update at 12:40 PM: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced an aid of Rs 10 crores for flood-hit Kerala.

Update at 12:38 PM: In Kerala, I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state. Joined a review meeting and undertook an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding. The nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour: PM Modi

Update at 12:37 PM: Centre is providing all possible assistance to Kerala. This includes financial assistance, providing food grains and medicines. We have asked the NHAI, NTPC, PGCIL to render all possible assistance and cater to basic infrastructure needs in the wake of the floods: PM Modi

Update at 12:36 PM: NDRF teams, companies of BSF, CISF and RAF are deployed in the state for rescue and relief operations. The Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard are assisting operations in different parts of Kerala. Rescuing those who are trapped remains the topmost priority: PM Modi

Update at 12:35 PM: I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit. I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation. I would also like to appreciate the wide support and solidarity from people across India towards Kerala during this unprecedented situation: PM Modi

Update at 11:13 AM: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has called for a meeting with officials including Kerala Resident Commissioner to discuss further possible assistance from Delhi to Kerala 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the immediate release of Rs 500 crore in emergency aid for Kerala following his survey of the state undertaken on Saturday morning. Here are the salient points of the measures that have been announced following the Prime Minister's arrival in the state:

He held a review meeting and conducted an aerial assessment of the damage caused. He was accompanied by the Kerala Governor, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union MoS KJ Alphons

Following the review, the Prime Minister announced financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state, in addition to Rs 100 crore announced by the Home Minister on August 12. He has assured that relief items, including food and medical supplies will be supplied to the Kerala government as required. 


An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person for the next of kin of the deceased has been announced from the Prime Minister's National Relief fund, as well as Rs 50,000 for those who are seriously injured. (PMNRF)


The Prime Minister also directed Insurance companies to hold special camps for assessment and release compensation in a timely fashion to the affected beneficiaries under social security schemes. Claims of those in the agriculture industry should also be cleared early under the Fasal Bima Yojna, the Prime Minister has announced. 

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been directed to repair main national highways damaged due to floods on priority. CPSEs like NTPC and PGCIL have been directed to assist the Kerala government to restore power connectivity.

Houses that have been destroyed in villages are to be provided Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Gramin houses on priority irrespective of their place on the PMAY-G wait-list.


Farmers will be provided assistance for replantation of damaged horticulture crops under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture.

In addition to the 5.5 crore-person-days that have been sanctioned for Kerala in the labour budget of 2018-19, any further requests for increasing the allocation will be considered as per the state's requirements.


57 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams involving about 1300 personnel and 435 Boats have been deployed for search and rescue operations. Five BSF, CISF and RAF companies have been deployed in the State to carry out rescue and relief measures. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have also been deployed for assisting in search & rescue operations. A total of 38 helicopters have been deployed for rescue and relief measures. In addition, 20 Aircraft are also being used for ferrying resources. The Army has deployed 10 Columns and 10 Teams of Engineering Task Force (ETFs) involving around 790 trained personnel. Navy is providing 82 teams.The Coast Guard has provided 42 teams; 2 helicopters and 2 ships. Since August 9, the NDRF, Army and Navy together have rescued /evacuated 6714 persons and provided medical assistance to 891 persons. 


The Prime Minister expressed his grief and sorrow on the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to lives and property due to floods. As per the Kerala CMO, Kerala is facing its worst floods in 100 years. 80 dams have been opened, 324 lives have been lost and 2,23,139 people have been evacuated to about 1500+ relief camps. In terms of property damage, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 as per an initial assessment.