New Delhi, August 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kochi on Saturday morning to take a stock of rain-battered Kerala and the relief and rescue operations across the state. The Prime Minister arrived in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday night and will conduct an aerial survey on Saturday. The Prime Minister was received by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his cabinet colleagues among others.
On Saturday, Modi along with Chief Minister Pinarayi 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.
According to reports, torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of 385 people, leaving over three lakh people in over 2,000 relief camps.
In Pakistan, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan will be taking oath as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister on Saturday. The oath-taking ceremony will be held at the President’s House in Islamabad, Pakistan News agency Dawn reported. The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to take place at 9.30 am (local time) and Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain would administer the oath to Khan. Before the ceremony takes place, Pakistan’s national anthem will be played out, Geo News reported.