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       HEADLINES: Qatar announces $5 million aid to flood-hit Kerala                                              Rescue operations in full swing                                              V D Satheesan slams health ministry for failure to send relief teams                                              Kerala Floods should be declared a national disaster, says Yechury                                              President Kovind enquires about flood situation in Kerala                                              Air India pilots offer help in flood-hit Kerala on voluntary basis                                              Big B, SRK contribute towards Kerala relief                                              Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies at 80                                              Asian Games: Ravi Kumar, Apurvi Chandela win mixed air rifle shooting bronze                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Places hit by floods would be cleaned on war footing, says Pinarayi    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Steps will be taken to clean places hit by floods on war footing, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Almost, 7,24,649 people are staying in 5645 relief centres.

         J&K govt gives Kerala Rs 2 cr for flood relief    
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government Sunday announced an assistance of Rs two crore for supporting the flood relief efforts in Kerala.

         Rains recede, rescue operations intensified in Chenganur    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: People have started going back to their homes soon after a minor drop was seen in monsoon showers which have been lashing the state for the past five days.

         I just pointed lapses of govt, says Chennithala    
CHENGANUR: I just pointed the lapses of government in tackling the monsoon ravages, said opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala. More attention from the side of the government is needed in relief camps, he said after visiting the camps in Chenganur.

         Kerala Floods should be declared a national disaster, says Yechury    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury urged to declare the floods in Kerala as a national disaster. The 500 crore announced by the centre is insufficient at the present situation and requested more help at the earliest.

         V D Satheesan slams health ministry for failure to send relief teams    
KOCHI: V D Satheesan, a Congress legislator from Paravur, Ernakulam, slammed the state health ministry over its failure to send relief teams. He alleged that he tried to contact her many times but she neither picked up the phone nor made any arrangements to send medicines.

         Rescue operations in full swing    
CHENGANOOR: Soon after the rain came down, rescue operations have started in the flood affected areas. Rescue operations have been increased in the worst affected Chengannur. Many stranded in the inner areas will be rescued today.

         Qatar announces $5 million aid to flood-hit Kerala    
DOHA: Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has allocated $5m for the relief of victims of flood caused by recent rains and monsoon in Kerala state of the friendly Republic of India.

         Red alert in all districts withdrawn    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With water receding from flooded regions, the red alert that was in force in all districts has been withdrawn. Meantime, orange alert has been declared in districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasargod.

         In Flood-Hit Kerala, "Biggest Rescue Operation" By Disaster Relief Team    
NEW DELHI: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has evacuated over 10,000 people from the heavy rains and flood waters affected areas of Kerala till now as it said it has launched its biggest-ever relief and rescue operation in the country till date.

         Don’t spread anxiety when we are in the midst of calamity, requests CM    
THIRUVANNATHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi has clarified that the rescue operation can’t be handed over completely to the Indian Army since a combined operation of the Army and people who are familiar with the topography is what that is necessary. “When calamities occurred in other states, several agencies and local government acted jointly for rescue works.”

         Kerala floods: NDRF rescues 194 people, evacuates over 10,000 till now    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has till now rescued 194 people and evacuated around 10,467 from flood-hit Kerala. A total of 55 NDRF teams are engaged in the rescue and relief work in the flood-affected Kerala. The teams are actively engaged to relocate the marooned people in the state.

         Kerala flood: 20,000 persons rescued till Saturday noon    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 20,000 persons stranded in different parts of Kerala were rescued till Saturday 12 pm, according to government sources.

         Will approach court if rescue operation is not handed over to Army: Sreedharan Pillai    
KOCHI: BJP State President P S Sreedharan Pillai has said if the government is not ready to hand over the rescue operations to the Army, the party will approach the court. “When other states have been following this practice in such grave situations, the failure of the LDF government to follow suit is a big flaw,” Sreedharan Pillai alleged.

         Failure in co-ordination: 150 NDRF personnel await instruction    
ALAPPUZHA: Again there seemed to be a failure in Alappuzha district administration’s attempt to coordinate rescue operations on Saturday. About 150 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, who had arrived in Chengannur at 11:30 pm yesterday, had to wait for hours to get the instructions of the district administration to go for rescue operation.

         Saji Cheriyan’s words were from his embarrassment: CM    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said what MLA Saji Cherian expressed through his words came out of his embarrassment. He had on Friday told media that about ten thousand people would die if they are not airlifted. The chief minister made the above comment when media persons asked about it.

         Seize boats and use them for rescue operation: G Sudhakaran    
ALAPPUZHA: Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran has urged the authorities to seize boats in backwaters and use them for rescue operations. The minister’s instruction was to seize the boats in Vembanattu back water.

         Declare Kerala floods national disaster: Rahul to PM    
NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Kerala floods a national disaster. Lives and livelihood of millions of people are at stake, the top Congress leader said. Over 300 people have been killed and 3.14 lakh moved to relief camps due to the worst floods that the state has witnessed in 100 years.

         Chances for heavy rain: Alert in 11 districts    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Met department has warned that there are chances for heavy rains again in the State. The department has issued alert for all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasargod.

         Six refugees die after portion of Paravur church collapses    
KOCHI: MLA V D Satheeshan has confirmed that six persons who sought refuge in a church in North Paravur died on Saturday. The dead were people who had sought refuge in North Kuthiyathodu. They died after a portion of the church collapsed and fell on them.

         Flood situation continues to be worse in Kerala    
PATHANAMTITTA: The situation in Kerala continued to be very serious as thousands of houses remain marooned in water for the fourth continues day. There are many areas not accessible to rescue operators even now. The stranded people virtually remain cut off from outside world with communication network getting disrupted. Without food, water or medicine, people are spending harrowing hours on top floors of their houses. There are kids, women, old citizens and patients among them. It is not kn

         UAE to provide aid to flood-hit Kerala    
Abu Dhabi [UAE]: United Arab Emirates (UAE) has formed a committee to provide relief to the people affected by flash floods in Kerala. UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan took to Twitter to make the announcement and urged "everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative."

         Modi announces Rs 500 crore assistance to state    
KOCHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to rain-battered Kerala, after reviewing the flood situation in the state. Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF), a Prime Minister's Office (PMO) statement said.

         Modi reviews flood situation in state    
KOCHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed today the flood situation in rain-battered Kerala at a high-level meeting in Kochi. Earlier, there were reports that the prime minister's helicopter could not take-off for an aerial survey of flood affected areas due to bad weather. But, there was no official confirmation from the state and the Union government.

         Big tragedy awaits Chengannur, thousands may die soon: Saji Cheriyan    
CHENGANNUR: Chengannur MLA Saji Cheriyan has sought the help of Central force’s helicopter to reach people stranded in the flooded areas of Chengannur. “If the help is not provided soon, there will be a big tragedy. People may die in thousands and ten thousands. Though we pleaded for helicopter service we didn’t get it. So we request for Navy’s immediate interference. This for the third in a row that people are stuck on rooftops and first floor without food or water,” he said.

         SR despatches trains carrying drinking water to Kerala    
Chennai: Southern Railway today despatched three special trains carrying water to rain-ravaged Kerala where drinking water supply has been hit in some parts after functioning of pumping stations was disrupted in heavy rains.

         Punjab CM donates Rs 10 crore for Kerala flood relief    
Amritsar: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced Rs 10 crore worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala. Out of the total amount, Rs 5 crore is being transferred from the Chief Minister's relief fund, while the remaining money would be given in the form of ready-to-eat food material and other supplies, read a statement from the Chief Minister's Office. The food material and other supplies will be taken to Kerala with the help of the Defence Ministry.

         Floods hit operations at CUMI's hydel power plant in Kerala    
Chennai: Carborundum Universal Ltd, manufacturers of abrasives, electro-minerals and industrial ceramics, has said its hydel power plant at Maniyar in Kerala, was not generating power as it was flooded due to the heavy rainfall in the state.

         K Raju’s Germany trip despite floods: CPI asks him to return    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI has taken action against Minister K K Raju who made a trip to Germany to take part in a private function, even when State was reeling under flood. The party evaluated that the minister’s trip at this time of a big tragedy was inappropriate. It asked the minister to come back at the earliest. Once he is back, an explanation will be sought from him and there may be disciplinary action against him, informed party sources.

         Three found dead in Chengannur    
ALAPPUZHA: In Chengannur, three persons were found dead, when rescue workers went to rescue them. Mangalam Kannel native Sosama, son Baby and their son were found dead on Friday. With this, the total number of deaths today is 19. Over the past three days, 111 persons died in the State.

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