Kerala floods Live updates : Death toll rises to 79; Kochi Metro train services suspended

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Kerala Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan and discussed flood situation in the state and also asked the Defence Ministry to step up the rescue operations across the state.Kerala live updates

The public transport system collapsed in many parts of central Kerala due to heavy rains and landslides. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has suspended bus services for Kannur, Kasaragodu and Mangalore. Southern Railways and Kochi Metro have suspended its operations this morning due to flooding of its yard.With rains still pouring down heavily leading to flooding of dams and rivers across Kerala, 12 fresh deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 79, since August 8.

 

Kerala live updates

  • National Disaster Response Force evacuated 926 persons to safer place so far at Pathamithitta, Kozzhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur & Alappuzha.
  • 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 travelling to Trivandrum today and will meet all concerned for any coordination
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan to discuss flood situation in the state and also asked the Defence Ministry to step up the rescue operations across the state
  • 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: HM Rajnath Singh
  • 82 tourists stranded inside a bus in Munnar. All routes are either flooded, or blocked due to mudslides. More details awaited
  • Army built a 35 feet long bridge and rescued 100 people (approx) including children and senior citizens from Malampuzha’s Valiyakadu village

 

Kochi Metro officials said the services will be back once the water level in the metro yard comes down and the systems are back in good condition.

Army built a 35 feet long bridge and rescued as many as 100 people including children and senior citizens from Malampuzha’s Valiyakadu village.

Efforts to rescue people stranded in their homes in several parts of Kerala are on war-footing with all the three defence forces, the NDRF and private groups working all through the night.

Entire Kerala has been on a red alert since Wednesday evening. A total of 28 deaths were reported on the day.

The deaths on Thursday were reported from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Thrissur.

Pathanamthitta district in central Kerala has been the worst affected in the last 24 hours as thousands of people — students among others were trapped in their homes in Ranni, Aranmula and Kozhencherry.

Fishing boats from Kollam reached the flooded areas as the rescue operation with the aid of defence personnel continued.

Various media Whats App groups, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s have been flooded with SOS messages from Pathanamthitta crying for help.

Parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur have been facing tough times with the dam waters from Idukki districts reaching Periyar, and its tributaries late on Wednesday.

Traffic on the national highway between Ernakulam and Thrissur has been regulated since.

Train operations between Ernakulam and Angamaly have also been stopped and at Thiruvananthapuram railway station tickets are not being issued.

All educational institutions were closed on Thursday.

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