UAE-based Indian billionaire donates Dh5 million for Kerala flood relief

India deploys military to save southern residents trapped by flood

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi flew over the worst floods in a century to hit Kerala, surveying the damage that has killed 164 people and forced 200,000 into relief camps. "The air marshal in charge of the air operations said more helicopters are on the way".

Tens of thousands of people in the flooded Indian state of Kerala are stuck on rooftops without food, water and electricity in the still unfolding emergency. We are trying to rescue people. "We are making our humble contribution to the committee for supporting the rescue and rehabilitation work in Kerala, my home state", Varkey said.

After a high-level meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and an aerial survey of the state which has been ravaged by floods.

Vijayan thanked the Centre for the financial aid, but critics slammed the PM on the social media and compared his expenses on foreign trips and advertising with the relief package for Kerala. We must all contribute to help the distressed and the affected people. Drinking water and food would be airdropped to these people today, according to revenue authorities, and a number of them would be evacuated by the evening.

Incessant rains since August 8 have caused the state's worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides. "Actual losses can be estimated only after the water recedes", the statement said.

Officials estimate more than 10,000km (6,200 miles) of roads have been damaged.

Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through torrential rain on Saturday to reach stranded villages.

Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, almost 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The NDRF teams are operational at present in Thrissur (15), Pathanamthitta (13), Alappuzha (11), Ernakulum (5), Idukki (4), Mallapuram (3), Wayanad and Kozhikode (2 each).

Saji Cherian, member of the legislative assembly from Chengannur, said at least 50,000 people like Kunjamma were struggling for their lives in his constituency.

Flaying the state for "failing in the endeavour", Leader of Opposition Chennithala said, "I have been flooded with calls from the affected persons".

More fishing boats from various places reached the affected areas during the day.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the intensity of rainfall in the state would reduce in the next two to three days.

Taking to his Twitter handle De Villiers wrote, "My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the bad floods in Kerala".

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