Accidents & Disasters

Kerala Floods LIVE UPDATE: Centre Launches Massive Rescue Operation

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:


  • Rains are expected to continue in flood-hit Kerala for the next 24 hours, as per an IMD update on Wednesday afternoon
  • Prime Minister Modi has held a discussion with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and assured support to the state

Update at 5:28 PM: Latest visuals of Cochin International Airport

Update at 5:15 PM: Additional 20 boats of Indian Navy and 12 boats with disaster response team deployed to Kerala:

Update at 4:54 PM: Supreme Court directs reducing water level at Mullaperiyar dam by three feet

  • The Supreme Court has directed the Disaster Management sub-committee of Mullaperiyar Dam to consider reducing water level up to 139 feet from the present 142 feet, considering the 'grave' flood situation in all the 14 districts of Kerala
  • A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Indu Malhotra took a serious note of the grim flood situation in Kerala and asked the sub-committee to hold an urgent meeting with the Centre's National Crisis Management Committee (NCMS) and the Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu on Friday

Update at 4:11 PM: Visuals of Navy winching up a kid in Aluva, Kerala

Update at 3:25 PM: Important helpline numbers:

Update at 3:25 PM: An update regarding flight services to-and-from Kerala has been issued

  • A Control Room has been set up at DGCA Headquarters in New Delhi which is being manned 24X7 to address issues due to the suspension of flight operations to /from Cochin airport
  • Scheduled flights of the domestic airlines to/from Trivandrum, Calicut airport from 16th August 2018 have been monitored through Integrated OperationalControl Centre (IOCC) of the airlines
  • All scheduled domestic airlines have been advised to ensure that airfares for flights to/from Trivandrum and Calicut airports in Kerala are kept at an optimal level proportionate to sector distance so that traveling public is not inconvenienced
  • Flights of foreign airlines viz. AirArabia, Emirates, Etihad, Fly Dubai, Jazeera, OmanAir, Qatar, Saudia Airlines and Srilankan have been rescheduled for Trivandrum airport

Update at 3:16 PM: Alert

Update at 3:16 PM: Here's how you can help those affected by the unprecedented floods in Kerala

Update at 3:16 PM:

People who have been rescued from Pathanamthitta and evacuated to Thiruvananthapuram have been accommodated at Chala Boys High School

Update at 1:43 PM: Supreme Court agrees to grant an urgent hearing on a plea for securing the safety of Mullaperiyar dam in view of rising water level in the dam due to heavy rain in Kerala

Update at 1:43 PM: Minister of Commerce of Industry, Suresh Prabhu, took to Twitter and informed that the water level inside the airport is rising

Update at 1:43 PM: Visuals from Peechi dam, Kerala


Update at 1:43 PM: Blueprint of Indian Navy Relief operation for South Kerala



Update at 1:43 PM: 12 teams of NDRF being air-lifted to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (6 teams from Delhi and 6 teams from Gandhinagar)

Update at 1:33 PM: Visuals of Indian Air Force airlifting a person in flood-affected Varkala district of Kerala

Update at 1:33 PM: IAF deployed 6 An-32, 5 Mi-17 V5 and 7 ALH so far in Kerala

Update at 1:25 PM: Death toll rises to 79 across the state

Update at 1:11 PM: A relief centre set up in Kumily, Kerala:

Update at 1:00 PM: Death toll rises to 73 across the state

Read: Kerala Floods: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announces Rs. 100 Crore Additional Assistance

Update at 12:57 PM: Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans rescue senior citizens in flood-affected Kerala:

Update at 12:42 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi requested PM Modi to increase deployment of Army and Navy in Kerela

Update at 12:42 PM: "The flood situation in Kerala is worsening": Thomas Issac 

Update at 12:20 PM: Central Water Commission to monitor the situation at Mullaperiyar dam in view of rising water level and continued heavy inflow

Update at 12:20 PM: Centre launches massive rescue and relief operations in Kerala and food packets and drinking water are also being rushed 

Update at 12:08 PM: 12 districts in Kerala are severely affected. These are the worse floods since 1924. I met PM, Home Minister & Defence Minister today. Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard & NDRF are conducting rescue&relief ops. It is predicted that water levels will rise: Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons

Update at 11:07 AM: Indian Coast Guards mobilizes additional manpower for Kerala flood relief operation

Teams placed at:

  • Pathanamthitta
  • Munanbam
  • Aranmula
  • Idukki
  • Ferok-Calicut

Update at 10:47 AM:  Union Tourism Minister and former Kerala MLA Alphons Kannanthanam met the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Defence Minister and Finance Minister yesterday to discuss floods in the state. He would be traveling to Trivandrum today and will meet all concerned for any coordination

Update at 10:47 AM: Idukki district is fully cut off from mainland

Update at 10:29 AM: The army built a 35 feet long bridge and rescued 100 people including children and senior citizens from Malampuzha's Valiyakadu village

Update at 10:29 AM: 82 tourists stranded inside a bus in Munnar as all routes are either flooded or blocked due to mudslides 

Update at 10:29 AM: Had a telephonic conversation with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the prevailing flood situation in the state. The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Kerala. We are providing all possible assistance. I am in constant touch with Kerala CM: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Update at 9:37 AM: IMD's weather forecast for the next five days reflects warning across the state of Kerala:

Update at 9:37 AM: The contact details of the police control room number in Kerala are given below:

Update at 9:37 AM: Death toll rises to 67, rescue operation intensifies all across the state

Read: Kerala Floods: MET Department Warns Of More Rains; Home Minister Rajnath Singh To Conduct Aerial Survey

The unabating rainfall that has caused a major flood situation in Kerala appears set to continue for the next 24 hours, as per a bulletin by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued on Wednesday afternoon, even as a Red Alert has been issued in the state. Sixty-seven people have lost their lives in the flood. Dams that were opened to prevent overflowing continue to remain so because of the rainfall in the catchment area. The water discharged from the Idukki Cheruthoni reservoir is the highest in the last 10 days, and is expected to rise to 1200 cumecs. Previously, 750 cumecs water was recorded as the highest level of outflow from the reservoir, which was released during last week's rain. The water level of the Periyar river is also expected to increase.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a statement said, "We're witnessing something that has never happened before in the history of Kerala. Almost all dams are opened. Most of our water treatment plants are submerged, motors are damaged. We're keeping all this in mind but our priority is to get drinking water to the people" 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also assured help to the state. He took to Twitter and stated,"Had a detailed discussion with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the unfortunate flood situation in the state. Centre stands firmly with the people of Kerala and is ready to provide any assistance needed. @CMOKerala"

The Kerala CM informed that officials are taking part in the rescue and relief operations. He said that the rain will continue for the next four days and asked the citizens to be prepared. The CM further stated that several other states have come forward to help the state in the crisis. 

The neighbouring state, Karnataka, has also started gearing up to deal with any situation that arises. The Chief Minister of the state, HD Kumaraswamy, directed the District Collectors of Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, and Shivamogga districts to be on high alert in view of heavy rainfall. He appealed to concerned district in-charges and ministers to review the situation. Moreover, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has suspended its services from Bengaluru to Kerala's Kannanur, Kozhikode, and Kasaragod. It has also cancelled its premium services in Mangalore, Subramanya, Dharmasthala, and Kundapur. Only express service (Karnataka Sarige) buses operating via Charmadi to Mangaluru. 

Below is the IMD's bulletin.