Kerala floods : Aerial survey put off for now, PM Modi reviews situation with CM -
Kerala floods : Aerial survey put off for now, PM Modi reviews situation with CM
Posted 18 Aug 2018 10:13 AM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday to take stock of the situation in the flood-ravaged state. He had landed in Kochi this morning to take an aerial survey of flood-hit districts, including Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta. However, due to bad weather, the survey has been put off for now. In fact, his return to the national capital may be delayed as there is now water on the runway at the naval airport in Kochi.

Over 82,000 people were rescued on Friday as multiple rescue agencies shifted people from flooded districts to relief camps. As several parts of Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts were submerged, people were camped on terraces or higher floors waiting for rescuers. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday said the heavy rains, floods and landslides have killed at least 173 people since August 8. There were 31 deaths reported on Friday.

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Meanwhile, in an emotional appeal Friday, Chengannur MLA Saji Cherian broke down in a TV studio saying thousands in his constituency would die if the Centre didn’t provide additional aid and send more helicopters. The Navy subsequently rushed 10 boats to the area to conduct relief operations. Chengannur and Chalakudy areas are the worst affected at the moment because of the heavy currents here, CM Vijayan said.

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