Train services restored, medical teams rushed in to Kerala

IndiGo to start flights from Kochi today


After weeks of incessant rain and massive flooding, Kerala is on its path of returning to normalcy with improvement in weather. Relief and restoration operations are on across the state. The central government has declared the floods as a ‘severe calamity’.

The state has a humongous task of rehabilitating over 7 lakh people who were displaced by the floods that killed more than 350 people. Relief material in the form of ready-to-eat food, clothes, essential medicines, foodgrain, among others, is being transported to the state.

From today, IndiGo will start two flights from the naval base in Kochi. Alliance Air started its services on Monday.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has agreed to allow three private helicopter operators for carrying out aerial dropping of flood relief material. This was after the state government requested the Centre to allow private helicopters assist in airdropping relief material.

The Indian Air Force has airlifted a medical team consisting 96 doctors led by Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra Girish Mahajan from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has announced that all Supreme Court judges have decided to voluntarily contribute Rs 25,000 each to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.

Train services which were disrupted due to floods have been partially restored. The services in the Kayankulam-Kottayam- Ernakulam and Palakkad-Shoranur-Kozhikkode sections have been restored. Trivandrum- Ernakulam section has been connected by passenger special trains. The tracks in the Aluva- Thrissur, Thrissur-Shoranur, Kayamkulam-Kottayam- Ernakulam Shoranur-Tirur, Shoranur-Palakkad routes have also been fixed.

Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor is in Geneva to hold talks with officials of the United Nations and other international humanitarian agencies to explore possible help for Kerala.

In a tweet he said that while seeking international aid is the prerogative of the central government, he has taken this trip in close consultation with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijiyan.

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