UAE businessman donates for Kerala flood relief

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Rescue and relief operations in full swing in flood ravaged Kerala; President Ram Nath Kovind speaks to Kerala Governor and CM; Assures people of the state that entire nation is with them in this hour of crisis, praises relief agencies NDRF and public officials at state and Central level for their response and commitment.

"The house that I lived in during my childhood has been fully submerged in water for five days", said Nair, 47.

"I will not come".

Vistara does not usually operate to Thiruvananthapuram but made this special arrangement to help people travel into and outside of the city/state, it said.

One of the rescuers, Rajagopal, a police constable who uses only one name, said initially "we didn't anticipate it would be such a big disaster". "We risked our lives in the rescue work but now there's no help for us", the group said.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said much of the rescue operation was likely to be completed by end of Sunday, but "it will continue till the last person is rescued".

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas, reporting from Venmony in Kerala state, said the makeshift shelters needed clean drinking water.

Mr Modi has also met senior state officials to discuss measures to deal with what they say is the state's worst flooding in a century.

Taking to his Twitter handle De Villiers wrote, "My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the awful floods in Kerala".

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After one of the trains arrived, Kurian, the disaster management official, said authorities had largely restored the state's water supply systems. The main Kochi global airport was closed from August 14 to August 26.

In the meeting, it was decided to make the Naval airstrip at Kochi functional for commercial flights by August 20, an official statement said. The deadliest deluge in close to a century has claimed 210 lives since August 8 and almost 400 since May 29 when the south west monsoon set in over Kerala.

At least 194 people have died in flooding in Kerala since torrential rains began on August 8, and 36 more are missing, according to Kerala's disaster management office.

"A total of 526 survivors have been winched up, 29 tonnes of relief material air-dropped so far and 47,125kg of food items and medicines distributed", he said.

In the wake of deadly flooding in the Indian state of Kerala, Canadians with ties to the region fear for friends and relatives left stranded by the disaster that's been called the worst in the country's history.

Initial estimates suggest the floods have caused £2.3bn of damage, AFP reports, but this is expected to rise. He called for solidarity and "the concrete assistance of the worldwide community".

Fans of Liverpool Football Club in Kerala, known as Kerela Reds also tweeted for support and urged their community members to donate to the Kerala CMs Relief Fund.

The state chief minister has requested extra funding as well as 20 more helicopters and 600 motorised boats in order to step up the rescue efforts.

"An unprecedented natural calamity in the form of floods has struck Kerala". Francis had hoped to visit India past year when he visited Bangladesh, but preparations fell apart in New Delhi and the Vatican added Myanmar to his trip instead.

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