82,000 rescued in a day, more relief on the way

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 82,442 people were rescued on Friday from the flood-hit regions of Aluva, Chalakudy, Chengannur, Kuttanad, Thiruvalla and Aranmula.

More than 70,000 were rescued from Aluva.

46 teams of the the Indian Navy were involved in the rescue operations on Friday along with 18 teams of the Army, 13 teams of the Air Force, 16 teams of the Coast Guard and 21 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

About 40,000 police personnel are also engaged in rescue and relief operations in the state.

“The rescue operations are now focused in Chalakudy (in Thrissur) and Chengannur (in Alappuzha) where the situation continues to be critical,” the chief minister told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram in a late evening briefing.

The day’s operations saw 16 Air Force helicopters, 79 NDRF boats and 403 fishing boats in action.

The chief minister said more Army boats were set to arrive in Chalakudy, Kalady, Chengannur and Thiruvalla on Saturday.

Food was being distributed to people marooned in floodwater and the inmates of relief camps through helicopters and boats.

Vijayan said that Punjab, Maharashtra and Telangana have come forward with offers to help the state.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi would be contributing Rs 10 crore as flood relief to Kerala.

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