Flood -Hit-Kerala

Heavy rains continued to batter Kerala, claiming the lives of 26 more people on Thursday as floods and landslides ravaged the region in what is being described as the worst disaster to visit the coastal state in living memory.Incessant rains since August 8 so far killed 97 people , with more than 1.67 lakh  being shifted to 1,165 relief camps across the state.Most of the Kerala is now flooded,with situation worsening in several places,including  Kochi ,where  backwaters threaten to breach their banks.Kochi airport remains under water and has now been closed till August 26.Trains from the state capital have been suspended and Kochi metro operations drastically cut.
The Met office(weather and climate change) said rains were expected to continue till Saturday,although a statewide ‘RED ALERT’-the highest level weather warning-was in place till Friday.PM Narendra Modi will visit Kerala on Friday evening and make an aerial survey affected areas the next day.
The flood in Kerala are estimated to have damaged crops and properties worth over Rs.8,000 crore even as a fresh red alert was sounded in 13 of the 14 districts in the state.NGOs have joined 52 teams of Army,Air Force,Navy,Coast Guard and NDRF in relief and rescue operations in flood-ravaged Kerala.