Thousands Beg for Rescue in Deadly Indian Floods

Thousands Beg for Rescue in Deadly Indian Floods

On Saturday, after surveying some of the flood-affected areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sanctioned Rs 500 crore as an immediate relief to the state.

PM also announced ex-gratia of @ Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and @ Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from PM's National Relief Funds (PMNRF). An adviser to the state's chief minister put the initial loss estimate at $4 billion. There's food and medicine stored in the house, but Thampy said she's not sure if it will last. District police chief S Surendran said over 6,000 people were rescued in two days in Chengannur.

The prime minister's visit comes a week after Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state and conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas. "I do not want to blame anyone but it has been proved beyond doubt that the state government has failed".

"The state of Kerala in India is now witnessing huge floods, the most devastating in a century. His concern reflects the special ties between governments and people of India and UAE", Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Modi, who arrived in the state capital on Friday night, flew in to Kochi earlier in the morning.

Anil Vasudevan, the head of the Kerala health disaster response wing, said his department had geared up to meet victims' needs.

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With no end to the deluge in sight, people all over the state of 33 million have made appeals on social media for help, saying they can not make contact with rescue services. The worst affected districts include Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur.

"We are receiving multiple repetitive rescue requests", the office of the state's top official, Pinarayi Vijayan, said in a Friday tweet, asking those in need to provide their exact location and nearby landmarks so rescuers can find them.

Authorities warned of more torrential rain and strong winds over the weekend, as hundreds of troops and local fishermen staged desperate rescue attempts in helicopters and boats across the southern state. Right now we are giving them food & water so that they can at least survive till water recedes'.

At least 324 people have been killed in the state's worst flooding in almost a century, which has destroyed thousands of homes and roads.

The Navy and the Air Force have been conducting several rescue operations in areas where people have been stranded due to water rising to risky levels. "Things are under control", said Vijayan, whose government was flayed by Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala for failing to take up rescue and relief work effectively. Additionally, Asianet employees have pledged Rs 25 lacs and all Star India employees are being encouraged to donate at least one day's salary, and on its part, Star India will match the total contribution of its employees.

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