PM Modi to visit flood-hit Kerala today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kerala this evening to take stock of flood situation in the state. Earlier this morning, the Prime Minister talked Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan over phone and discussed the flood situation.

PM Modi will reach Thiruvananthapuram this evening after attending the funeral of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which will be held at  Rashtriya Smriti Sthal here at 4 PM today.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister will go to Kochi and conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected regions.

Heavy rain and floods continue to lash Kerala, triggering landslides and stranding people across the state. A red alert has been issued in all the 14 districts. Thousands have been shifted to relief camps.

At least 59 people have been killed in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 103 in a week. Most numbers of deaths are reported from Thrissur, Malappuram, Kannur, Idukki and Palakkad due to landslides. Rail, air, road traffic has been hit and the Kochi Airport will continue to be closed till 26 August.

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