Thiruvananthapuram: The south Indian state Kerala was hit by massive floods which killed hundreds of people, displaced thousands of local population and swept away their homes.Taking the number of deaths to over 300 this monsoon. More than six lakh people have been moved to over 3,000 relief camps. Indian Navy’s Operation Madad has been further scaled up to meet the increasing requests for rescue from more parts of flood-hit Kerala.
Southern Naval Command (SNC) rescue teams have been augmented by Gemini boats, divers and other resources from both Eastern and Western Naval Commands of the Indian Navy.
Meanwhile, relief materials are being loaded on board Naval Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Chetak Helicopter and Naval Sea King Helicopter at Naval Air Station INS Garuda in Kerala’s Kochi city.Donation coming from every corner of the world.The President of UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orders formation of emergency committee to provide aid to Kerala.Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted “Tragic news from Kerala, India – Canada sends its deepest condolences to all those who have lost a loved one in the devastating floods. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.”
Tragic news from Kerala, India – Canada sends its deepest condolences to all those who have lost a loved one in the devastating floods. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 18, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was taken by helicopter over inundated farmland and villages, pledged Rs. 500 crore in central aid and promised more helicopters, boats and other equipment needed to expand the rescue operation in the still unfolding emergency. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has called it the worst floods in a century in Kerala, however said the state needed at least Rs. 2,000 crore in immediate assistance.
PM Modi said the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard were assisting disaster relief agencies in the rescue, and a total of 38 helicopters had been pressed into service along with a number of aircraft and ships to ferry resources. The Chief Ministers of various states have also come forward to help the southern state cope with the huge-scale devastation and extended financial aid.The nation has extended it hand to help Kerala in this time of their adversity several ministers, bureaucrats, celebrities and the common mass have donated for Kerala. Several relief funds have been arranged to provide help for the south Indian state. The former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted saying that he will donate his one month salary for Kerala flood victims.
I will be donating my salary for this month to the relief efforts in #Kerala. I also appeal to my colleagues in @JKNC_ & others in J&K to remember what we went through in 2014 & do their own bit, how ever small, to help. From “Heaven on earth” to “God’s own country”.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 18, 2018
A community kitchen set up by INS Venduruthy at the campus of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is catering for 7000 people. At least 17 cooks, four officers and 13 staff are relentlessly working to serve all three meals and tea twice a day for the needy. Kerala government authorities have also contributed to this kitchen, providing condiments and other edible items for its smooth functioning.