NDRF launches biggest-ever operation in flood-hit Kerala; 58 teams deputed

India deploys military to save southern residents trapped by flood

Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that left more than 100 dead.

More than 1,000 people have died in seven Indian states since the start of this year's monsoon season, including more than 300 in Kerala.

Meanwhile, industry body CII has set up a task force chaired by its former president Kris Gopalakrishnan to work on relief measures for victims in flood devastated Kerala in coordination with the state government and the district administrations. "Free towing service is being offered and repairs will be carried out under the guidance of Nissan technical experts", it said in a statement.

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.

"I spoke to the defense minister this morning and asked for more helicopters", he told a news conference in the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, adding that he planned to send 11 more helicopters to the worst-hit areas. While the users are doing a commendable job by informing authorities about the people stranded, they are also hinting at a lukewarm response by the national media over the natural calamity in the state.

The Prime Minister reviewed the flood situation during a meeting with Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, and officials of the State Government.

India has deployed thousands of soldiers and dozens of helicopters to rescue people marooned.

"As per the initial estimate, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore".

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The state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate.

The Kerala government has said it faces an "extremely grave" crisis and Mr Vijayan warned of a further rainfall over the weekend. He said: "The people of Kerala have always been and always will be part of the success story in the UAE".

More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps set up across the state, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management office said.

Mr Singh said the Red Cross is doing everything possible to help - providing clothes, food and support to those now living in camps - but that "there is a lot more that will have to be done in short and long-term".

The rescue operations are in full swing and efforts are also underway to ensure people in camps have enough food and water to sustain themselves.

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

There are fears the situation will worsen in the days to come, with more heavy rain forecast.

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