PM Modi to conduct aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala today

Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected regions of Kerala on Saturday. He will also have a high-level meeting with the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials to take stock of the situation.

The Prime Minister arrived in Kochi last night, after attending the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. Earlier in the day, he had a telephonic conversation with the Chief Minister regarding the flood situation.

The flood situation in Kerala continues to remain grim with thousands of people still stranded in Alappuzha, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts. The Chief Minister said the most critical situation is prevailing in Chengannur in Alappuzha and Chalakkudy in Thrissur where people are trapped in large numbers.

The death toll in the State in the current spell of heavy rains climbed to 180, and to 324 overall this monsoon season, claimed the chief minister on Friday.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sanctioned the extra choppers, as people marooned in Chengannur and Chalakudy could only be airlifted to safety. More from our correspondent

India Meteorological Department has predicted the rains will subside in the state from tomorrow onwards.

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