Indian NGO raises over USD 10,000 for Kerela Floods

Larry Hoffman
August 20, 2018

The ATM service have also been restored, while authorities are working to restore connectivity and communication.

Many citizens took to the internet to plead for urgent help.

While JSW Group said it has initiated a group-wide initiative wherein its employees voluntarily contribute in cash as well as in kind, TVS Motor Company has contributed Rs one crore to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). "We should also learn not to repeat our mistakes and build houses in the same area where they have been affected, because they interfere with nature's path", Chander said. He directed the authorities during a review meeting on Sunday.

The death toll in Kerala state rose above 400 on Monday.

A Reuters witness in Aluva town, almost 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram, said army helicopters airlifted up to 14 marooned residents, including children and elderly people from an apartment. Earlier in the day, Qatar Airways Cargo announced to deliver relief goods to flood-stricken districts free of cost. "No water and food". "We are also ready to extend all other assistance and support that may be needed to tackle the calamity".

But it will be advisable for both the Centre and the ruling front in Kerala to realise that the time is not to bargain over people's misery. Kerala is responding well. But he said that by Wednesday, "we realized it's really big".

The railways cancelled at least 18 trains, partially cancelled nine others and diverted Kanyakumari-Mumbai CST express train via Nagercoil on Sunday.

The water level in major rivers has decreased.

Meanwhile, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation resumed inter-state bus services to Kerala's Ernakulam, Kottayam, Trissur, Palghat, Calicut, Cannanore and Thiruvananthapuram areas.

The Kerala government has said it faces an "extremely grave" crisis and state chief minister Vijayan warned of a further rainfall hitting the battered region over the weekend.

North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods with the global airport in the main city of Kochi shut until at least August 26.

The Indian government said a naval air base in Kochi would be opened for commercial flights starting Monday morning. Over six lakh people are in relief camps across the state.

Around 380 people have been killed since the monsoon season began in Kerala in May with the second more devastating spell of flooding from August 8 claiming 220 lives. In her post on Facebook, Kuriyan said that she had already donated money, but was trying to do more for those in distress.

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. According to India Met Department, a fresh low pressure area has formed over North West Bay of Bengal yesterday.

CHENGANNUR, India-Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India's Kerala state, officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched for people stranded in the worst-affected areas.

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