The Kerala floods continued to present a grim challenge for the government and relief agencies, with the official death toll crossing 170 on Friday. With vast parts of the state cut off by road, personnel of the armed forces and disaster management teams used boats and helicopters to reach the stranded people.
Here are some moving images of the Kerala floods and the terrible tragedy that has unfolded over the past few days. Massive rescue and relief operations are now in progress.
A 25-year-old pregnant woman was rescued by a team of the Indian Navy from a flooded village in Aluva. The woman, Sajita Jabeel, gave birth to a boy after she was taken to a hospital.
The Indian Navy also shared a video of the rescue that had taken place earlier.
A pregnant lady with water bag leaking has been airlifted and evacuated to Sanjivani. Doctor was lowered to assess the lady. Operation successful #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaFloods2018 pic.twitter.com/bycGXEBV8q
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) August 17, 2018
Priority is being given to evacuate the elderly from the areas affected by the Kerala floods.
Over 650 personnel of the Indian Army are engaged in rescue and relief operations.
Road connectivity is also being restored as part of Operation Madad, including the construction of temporary bridges by columns of the Indian Army.
Update #OpMadad –
Road connectivity has been restored at 18 locations including the construction of 11 temporary bridges by @adgpi colns.
Medical camps are also being run by @adgpi at various locations.#KeralaFloods2018 @nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/iqCVFihH0X
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) August 17, 2018
The Indian Navy continues ferrying relief material, including drinking water, to the flood-affected areas. Seen here is a helicopter ready to leave the Naval Station INS Garuda with light food items and other supplies.
People are posting photos and videos of submerged homes in towns and villages. Here is a Twitter post by Rema Rajeshwari, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who is the district police chief of Gadwal and Wanaparthy in Telangana, describing the scene in Munnar.
Folks in the hills are resiliant and that is really what matters. We just have to hope and pray that the rains let up. It's heartening to see many of them opening their houses for the homeless…#TogetherWeCan#KeralaFloods #Munnar pic.twitter.com/zEYXar3aSU
— Rema Rajeshwari IPS (@rama_rajeswari) August 17, 2018
Additional manpower and resources are being mobilised for the relief and rescue operations.
Centre launches massive rescue & relief operations in #Kerala; Cabinet Secy chairs a high-level meeting on PM @narendramodi’s instructions; Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard & NDRF asked to mobilize additional manpower, boats & helicopters to scale up rescue and relief operations pic.twitter.com/v1CklKVZ7S
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 16, 2018
Relief camps have been set up several places. One of them has come up inside an aircraft hangar at the Naval Base in Kochi.
The appeal to donate to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund has struck an emotional chord with the people. There are reports of film stars and businesspersons making substantial donations. But the way the ordinary people have responded is touching.
Pls donate pals.
— Naveen Danish (@NaveenDanish1) August 17, 2018