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Modi begins aerial survey of Kerala floods


Kochi, Aug 18 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took off in a helicopter from here to survey the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rains in Kerala.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over 3 lakh others forced to move to some 2,000 relief camps.

Modi, who arrived here from the state capital, is being accompanied by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran and other top state officials.

His visit comes at a time when the Congress-led opposition has been demanding immediate deployment of the Army since the state government has been unable to deal with the crisis.

Before returning to Delhi from Kochi later on Saturday, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting to discuss the situation.

Rains subsided on Saturday morning resulting in the water level in Idukki and parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts coming down.

But on Friday night, air lifting could not take place in Chengannur as the incessant rains continued in the region.

Earlier report

Prime Minister arrives in Kerala capital

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 18 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday night to see for himself the rain-battered Kerala and also survey the relief and rescue operations.

Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of 174 people, leaving over three lakh people in over 2,000 relief camps.

The Prime Minister was received by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his cabinet colleagues among others.

He will spend the night at the Kerala Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor.

On Saturday, Modi along with Vijayan will make an aerial survey of the worst affected districts. Before returning to Delhi from Kochi, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting to discuss the grave situation in the state.

Earlier in the day Modi had tweeted "Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding."

"Had a telephone conversation with Kerala Chief Minister...We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations."


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  • ASHOK SHETTY, kundapur

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    PM has announced a flood relief of Rs 500 crore for the flood-affected state and an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of those killed in the floods.
    Dear Modi haters Keep on bleme in for everything,who cares........................?
    Nobody cant do anything for Frustration

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  • Peter, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Modi is not giving from his pocket. He is giving from tax payers money.....

    He spent a lot from our pocket . Let him give some of our money to us......

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    You are bhaktha number 1.🙏

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  • Jhanavi, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Every politician may be from BJP or congress gives from tax payers money only.... and in every politicians home treasure you can find tax payers money .... so imagine from the day we got our independence how much tax money have been collected in our politicians private treasury.....

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  • satya, udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Did bayamma given any money from his pocket even though she is one of Richest lady................

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    chaiwala abandoned areal survey of kerala fearing Gods fury against him.

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  • Ranjan, Mangalore, Bangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    NICE VIEW FROM HELICOPTER

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    At this time keralite need more fund survey not essential.
    You may conduct survey after 2019.

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  • Anil SS, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Where is Raul Vinci. How much has he and his mother Antanio Maino contributed.? They are the most richest persons without paying TAX .Where are the communists who are supposed to help people in floods. Why is RSS doing that job . Can the Keralities see through the Congress and Marxists now .

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Aerial survey and all show and eyewash. His intention is getting votes in the general election.

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  • Ramesh Pillai, Mangalore / Kochi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    We never expected anything from Fekus.

    We are strong enough to get recovered quickly.

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  • suresh, kerala

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    even the rain gods doesn't want you to be dying fast so you are saved from natures calamities. High time people like you realized that the best way you can contribute to nation building of any sort is keeping your mind and mouth shut so that other intelligent people can contribute something fruitfully. Don't worry your testing time is still to come so happily wait for that.

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  • Anonymous, Blore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    PM had other commitments you see..
    He had to give bhashan on Independence day from Red Fort..He had to attend to final rites of Vajpayjee even though he might have died one week ago, and media might have been ordered to gag the news until after independence day...
    So only today PM has time to do aerial survey...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    We hope he will also give Kerala 200 Million USD ...

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    What he gave is peanuts (Rs 100 crore) but spent 1500 crores on his foreign trips!!

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Jossey, though I perfectly understand your frustrations, at least in these trying times, abstain from wry mocking humour and move on. Its the time to give, help humanity.

    Kerala is better off as most Non resident Keralites are pouring help, and national media is focussed. However in DK, Kodagu, its more of poor people & extreme apathy, we need to give more here. Its the time to rise above caste, creed, politics.

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  • satya, udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Ask Bayamma definitely she will help because she is one of the richest lady

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  • Nagesh B, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Satya..Who? The bardancer bhayamma?

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    The looter!

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  • Jacob Mendonda, Pernal/Shirva

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Posting dirty comments without knowing the facts. Reflects upbringing!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    We hope he doesn't come empty handed ...

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  • Valerian D'Souza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Human beings heart pains to see fellow human beings sufferings.
    May people of Kerala state get adequate relief, consolation and be ceaselessly prayed for.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Hope he comply what he promise to the state of Kerala

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Great initiative by Modi. Now he can assess the damage & ensure relief is provided to the badly hit state. And am sure he will come up with more support to Kerala.

    Wish the same to DK and Kodagu too...

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Only fake promises..

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Do not politicize in the hour of need. Let relief operations continue.
    At same time understand your frustrations

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Henry
    That is what we r getting in DK and Kidagu Dist by our State Govt and in charge ministers

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    open your eyes what da state govt., has given 2 dk dist. open you eyes what chaiwaila n.kk & pistol shoba has given 2 d.k. & udupi districts.

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  • pircki, panchanabettu

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    then ask the looters

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    You gave Rwanda 200 Cows & 200 Million USD.
    How much will you give Kerala which is in Genuine Trouble ...

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    If cows r given to kerala all these secular will eat it in the street
    Don't you have the curtesy to appreciate MODI for his visit to kerala immediate after ATALs cremation
    Let DW know how much you have donated to Kerala

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  • Dr.S.kamath, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    For Rwanda it is a Line of Credit( LOC) given off from Exim Bank of India
    Its not free money
    Line of Credit works like as follows
    All the US Dollars earned by India ( Forex ) managed by Exim Bank .If its kept idle it will not earn any value so Exim Bank gives loans to Foreign country banks like Rwanda .One of the main Condition for the LOC is that the importer in Rwanda should buy goods or services from Indian exporters only
    Now tell me who got benefited rwanda or India ?
    Kerala needs Funds not Loan

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    You did not justify the Cows part ...

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  • Abdullah, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Jossy, Cows were given along with recipe to make b...f biryani feast for tribal elders...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    perhaps dr. s. kamath mumbai likes cow meat beef.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    4 india 24X7 bow, bow & 4 Rwanda cow, cow....

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  • Sarvan Naik, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Jossey, let us wait and see , but anything better than what Vinci Congress would give.

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  • R S. Hegde, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Guess you watched Rahul with Jackie Shroff video this morning. RSH

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  • Imran, Dubai / Udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Displaying arrogance won't lead you far RS Hedge.
    Hope the wrath of nature's fury doesn't happen to your family.
    Peace.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    rahul did not danced at rajghat like: a nautanki danced at rajghat.

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