Kerala Floods: PM Narendra Modi to Do Aerial Surveillance of Flood-Hit State Today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, August 17: Narendra Modi in his tweet announced that he had a telephonic conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan a few minutes back. He said, "We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding." Till now, the death toll has already crossed 100 in the massive flood.

Kerala saw its worst day on Thursday in terms of deaths due to floods as 30 people lost their lives in a single day. In the latest update, Airlines have waived off rescheduling and cancellation charges on tickets to flood-affected Kerala, acting on the instruction of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The Supreme Court Bar Association said that Rs 30 lakh will be transferred for Kerala flood relief operations, reported news agency PTI. Thousands have been evacuated and according to news agency ANI, 11 are missing, 41 injured, and over 1,65,538 people are living in the 1155 relief camps. Kerala Floods: Situation Remains Grim, Bad Communication Networks Makes Rescue Operations Difficult

On Thursday, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpyee passed away at the age of 93. Today the funeral will take place at 1 pm, when the leader's mortal remains will be taken to BJP headquarter. His body will be cremated at 4 pm today. The cabinet has declared seven-day state mourning. Vajpayee was admitted at AIIMS on June 11, and his condition deteriorated on Wednesday and he was put on life support.