⚡️Thiruvananthapuram: The death toll due to the devastating rains and floods in Kerala increased to 370, as two more deaths were reported on Sunday with rescue operations continuing in the worst affected districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur.
⚡️Authorities also withdrew the red alert which was issued in these three districts and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted moderate rains in a few districts of the state.
⚡️The worst affected places where people have remained stranded for the past three days without food or water include Chengannur, Pandalam, Thiruvalla, several areas in Pathanamthitta district and in Ernakulam’s Aluva, Angamaly and Paravur.
⚡️Mumbai: A key suspect in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar has been arrested by the CBI, five years after the 67-year-old was shot dead in Pune. Sachin Prakashrao Andure was arrested from Aurangabad, sources told NDTV. According to the CBI, Andure was allegedly one of the shooters who fired at Narendra Dabholkar on August 20, 2013 in Pune while he was out for his morning walk.
⚡️The arrest comes days after the Bombay High Court came down heavily on central and state agencies probing the killings of Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, also a rationalist reviled by right-wing groups for their campaign against superstition.
⚡️The court had said earlier this month that the authorities were showing no urgency despite the country witnessing a “tragic phase” where one cannot speak or move around freely.
⚡️The flood situation in Kerala continues to remain grim as several people have been marooned in their own houses, without food, water, electricity and other basic supplies. The state has suffered massive damage in past few days due to torrential rains and flooding, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan himself admitting that the path to recovery will be an arduous one. Many people have lost their homes and have been shifted to relief camps.
⚡️Following this, people from across the country are doing their bit in assisting Kerala. After taking stock of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an additional relief of Rs 500 crore. He also declared compensation for victims’ kin and injured. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also requested people to make generous contributions towards the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
Source: The Indian Express.
⚡️Chennai: Due to extensive rainfall in Kerala and Karnataka, Mettur dam received over two lakh cusecs on Saturday and along with waters from Amaravathi and Bhavanisagar dams, the water flow in Cauvery river is set to touch three lakh cusecs. Because of the flood, many habitations were inundated and close to 13,000 people were shifted to rescue camps.
⚡️In the entire Cauvery basin, Erode, Namakkal, Karur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts were the worst affected. Many of the villages have been marooned because of flood waters.
⚡️To take stock of the flood situation and to check the status of rescue camps, Palaniswami is set to visit Bhavani and Karungalpalayam, in Erode district and Kumarapalayam and Pallipalayam in Namakkal district. In Kumarapalayam, Cauvery river is flowing at a dangerous level where many temples have also submerged, according to reports.
⚡️A new red alert was issued for today in 11 districts of Kerala as heavy rainfall was predicted in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. At least 324 people have died and there are growing fears that the number of deaths could escalate rapidly with countless people still marooned, desperate for food and drinking water. Hundreds of thousands of people have been shifted to relief camps. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised Rs 500 crore in aid along with more helicopters, boats and other equipment for relief and rescue as he was given an aerial tour of the flood-ravaged areas.
⚡️Thiruvananthapuram: The death toll due to the floods across Kerala increased to 180 on Saturday with rescue operations continuing at several locations in the rain-ravaged state, authorities said.
⚡️The toll rose with 10 deaths reported on Saturday from Ernakulam, Thrissur and Chengannur districts.
⚡️The worst affected places include Aluva, Chalakudy, Chengannur, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta.
⚡️The rains that began on August 9 rendering lakhs homeless, destroying property worth millions, subsided on Saturday and as a result, the water level in big dams in Idukki has also come down, but the flood gates continue to let out the waters.
⚡️Thiruvananthapuram: More than 100 people died in rain-related incidents in Kerala in just one day yesterday, sources in the State Disaster Management Authority said, even as defence forces scaled up operations this morning to rescue those stranded in worst-hit areas.
⚡️The toll for yesterday, initially put at 30, has now been revised to 106, the sources said, which takes the overall fatalities to 173 since the second spell of monsoon fury unleashed itself on August 8.
⚡️Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reach Kerala tonight after the funeral of former prime minister A B Vajpayee. He is likely to undertake an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas tomorrow.
⚡️New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a father-figure for him and the death of the former Prime Minister was a personal loss for him. Mr Vajpayee died in Delhi on Thursday after a long illness. In a series of tweets shortly after, PM Modi said it was the “end of an era” and Mr Vajpayee, through his “exemplary leadership”, had “set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century”.
In a video message later in the evening, the Prime Minister said Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death was an “irreparable loss for the nation”.
⚡️”He was a leader, orator, journalist, statesman and more than anything a true son of India… Atal-ji may have gone, but his ideas, views, simplicity will always inspire us Indians,” he said.
⚡️Coimbatore: A Velankanni, 42, drowned to death after water entered her house in Manampalli tribal settlement in Valparai. In another incident, Vigneshwaran, an assistant engineer at TNEB died after a tree fell on him while he was involved in clearing mud on the road side.
⚡️Torrential rain also triggered many landslips and boulders rolled down the arterial stretches resulting in traffic disruptions in the hills. A major landslip occurred on the Pollachi-Valparai ghat road early on Thursday and was cleared by authorities after three hours. Public transport came to a grinding halt in Valparai as the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) depot got flooded.
⚡️England, after going 2-0 up, are enjoying a well-deserved break and will be back in the nets on Thursday. The Indian team too is in the middle of a similar break and on Wednesday morning they hoisted the Tricolour in London to mark Independence Day before starting for Nottingham. They too will train from Thursday. Virat Kohli, though, has more on his plate than his English counterpart Joe Root.