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         Stranded girl seeks help via Facebook    
PATHANAMTHITTA: A girl stranded in Pathanamthitta's Vadaserikara Pengattukadavu has put up an FB post, seeking help to shift her to safety.

         Thousands stranded along Pamba banks; Call for rescue (video)    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As water level in Pamba rose, thousands of people people along its banks from Ranni to Aranmula stranded in their flooded houses from morning without food or drinking water.

         Flood situation in Kerala worsens; toll mounts to 67    
Thiruvananthapuram: The flood situation in Kerala further worsened with many areas inundated and flight operations suspended till Saturday at Kochi airport, as the toll rose to 67 with rain fury claiming 25 lives today.

         Rain fury: Five trains cancelled    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following the shutting of Nedumbassery airport on accound of flood and rain, five passenger trains were also cancelled.

         Students stranded in Aranmula College (Video)    
THIRUVANNATHAPURAM: Many students are stranded in Aranmula Engineering College as the areas is nearly inundated. Some of them have been airlifted in helicopters to Thiruvananthapuram. Many including 33 students and one warden are still stranded in the college hostel.

         Harikishore IAS, family too shift to relief camp    
PATHANAMTHITTA: To save himself from surging floodwater, Kudumbashree Executive director S Harikishore IAS and his family also had to move off from their house to a relief camp nearby. After accommodating his wife in the relief camp, the IAS personnel got engaged in rescue and relief activities in that area.

         Rain of misery continues; 25 die in Kerala    
KOZHIKODE/MALAPPURAM: In the heavy rain pour that began on Monday evening and which continues even now, 25 deaths have been reported till now.

         Rain fury: Holiday for educational institutions in all districts    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following heavy rains, collectors of 14 districts have declared holiday on Thursday for educational institutions in all districts.

         Cochin airport suspends operations till Saturday amid heavy rainfall    
KOCHI: The Cochin International Airport on Wednesday suspended all flight operations till Saturday as water entered the airport area following continuous rains and the opening of dam shutters in the Periyar river.

         Mullaperiyar water level touches 142 ft, TN refuses to release water    
IDUKKI: The water level of Mullaperiyar dam touched 142 feet, the maximum level allowed by the Supreme Court. The dam’s water level reached 142 feet on Wednesday noon. This is for the first time that the water has reached this much level. Though 13 spillway shutters of the dam were opened and water was made to flow out, there was no much use. As the water increased, Keralam has asked the Tamil Nadu to release to its side more water but they were not ready for it.

         No let up in torrential rains in Kerala, Kochi airport shut    
Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi: The death toll in Kerala has risen to 44 as there is no let up in heavy rains and the operations of the Kochi airport have been suspended till Saturday.

         Rain fury in Kerala: 12 districts on red alert    
Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi: Rain fury today continued unabated in Kerala, where 47 people have died so far, with the Kochi international airport announced shut till Saturday after water gushed inside the airport area and train services remained suspended in many parts of the state.

         Chemmanam Chacko passes away    
KOCHI: Poet Chemmanam Chacko, 92, breathed his last at his residence at Padamugal, near Kakkanad, here around 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday.

         Mullaperiyar dam to be opened at 1:45 am, Minister Mani seeks to allay fears    
THODUPUZHA: Minister M M Mani has informed that since the inflow into catchment areas have increased, Mullaperiyar dam shutters would be opened at 1:45 am on Wednesday, Electricity Minister M M Mani has informed.

         Amala Paul injured during shooting    
KOCHI: Actress Amala Paul got injured on Tuesday in between the shooting of her Tamil film Atho Antha Paravai Pola. It happened during the shoot of a stunt scene. Having injured her arm, she is under treatment in a private hospital in Kochi.

         Rain fury: Red Alert in seven districts    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As rain and deluge continue in the State, Red Alert has been declared in seven districts till Thursday. They are Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargode, Idukki, Malappuram, Palakkad and Kozhikode. The Met department has forecast that heavy rains will continue across the State till Saturday.

         Freedom for Moist girl after three years’ trial    
KANNUR: CPM Moist- Leninist leader Shaina was released from jail on Tuesday after three years’ protracted trial. Shaina walked out free after she got bail in 17 cases against her. But, Shaina’s husband Rupesh is still lodged in Coimbatore Central jail.

         All five shutters of Cheruthoni dam opened    
IDUKKI: All five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir were opened on Tuesday evening as rains again intensified in the catchment area. Two shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were closed Monday evening as water receded. Idukki dam, the biggest arch dam in Asia and with a maximum capacity of 2,403ft, was opened after gap of 26 years last week.

         Will see if there is flaw in the opening of Banasura dam shutters, says Minister Mani    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Electricity Minister M M Mani has said that if there had been any flaw from KSEB officials in the opening of the shutters of Banasura dam in Wayanad, it will be examined. There will not be a blame game over this. Mani said this at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

         'Centre released Rs 320 cr to Kerala as disaster relief fund in 2018-19'    
Over Rs 320 crore has been released by the Centre to the Kerala government as calamity relief fund during 2018-19, the home ministry said Monday night. The allocation of the state disaster relief fund (SDRF) for 2018-19 was Rs 214 crore, of which the central government’s share was Rs 160.50 crore and the state government’s share was Rs 53.50 crore.

         Actress Manju Warrier made literary mission goodwill ambassador    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actress Manju Warrier has been made the goodwill ambassador of literary mission, which sheds the light of letters to those who have not been able to attain education. Manju will be taking up the job as a social service, without taking any payment.

         Auto-Taxi fare to increase    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has decided to increase the fares of auto-rickshaw and taxi in the State. Transport Minister A K Saseendran said on Tuesday that that a final decision on this would take place within two months. The minister was speaking to media persons after a discussion with labour organisations in Thiruvananthapuram.

         Bishop’s arrest: We can’t jump the guns, says DGP    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the case filed by a nun against Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrest cannot be made in a haste, DGP Loknath Behera has said. “We can’t overstep procedural formalities and protocols. That is why we are delaying the arrest. Or else, the police will be answerable to the court,” the DGP said.

         Rains again in several places; Munnar remains isolated    
KOZHIKODE: As northern regions of Kerala continue to reel under heavy rains, incidents of landslides were reported from several places. The low pressure area formed off Odisha coast is said to be the reason for sudden spurt in rain again. Heavy rains are likely to continue till Saturday, the Met department has informed. Fishermen have been asked to be alert as there are chances for heavy rains, interspersed with heavy winds.

         Ship that collided with boat in Kochi was ‘M V Desh Shakti’    
KOCHI: It has been confirmed that the ship collided with the boat carrying fishermen in Munambam is M V Desh Shakti. The ship was travelling from Chennai to Basra in Iraq. Three fishermen were killed in the accident. The fishermen were natives of Kulachal in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The ship did not stop after colliding with the boat. Captain of the ship and one staff member have been held by the police. This is following the action by Marine Mercantile officials.

         Deluge: Ravi Pillai donates Rs 5 crore to CM's relief fund    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Prominent businessman and R P Group owner Ravi Pilla donated Rs Five crore to chief minister’s relief fund, which will be used for helping the people affected by rains and floods.

         BJP executive members within two weeks    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said that the state executive members of BJP will be declared within two weeks. Declaring executives is a president’s prerogative. BJP is a presidential party. There are no laws that executive members appointed by a previous president should be kept for a period of lifetime. P P Mukundan is still a member of the party. However, no responsibility can be given to him without discussing it in a state level. Meantime, Pillai also sai

         Flight lands a few distance off runway in Neumbassery airport    
KOCHI: A flight on Tuesday landed a few distance off the runway, triggering panic. Following this a few lights on the runway got damaged. There is no casualty or other damages caused in the incident, which happened at 4.25 in the morning.

         Rain calamities: Centre should send team again, says CM    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has demanded in the press meet that the state has faced unprecedented damages in rains and therefore the centre should send a team again for evaluating the rain calamities. A loss of Rs 8316 crore has occurred in the state. An amount of Rs 1220 crore has been sought for immediate assistance. CM said that the centre has allotted Rs 100 crore after the cabinet meeting. Losses can be estimated precisely only after water level has decreased. T

         Mohanlal donates Rs 25 lakh to disaster relief    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actor Mohanlal has donated Rs 25 lakh to the chief minister’s disaster relief fund for helping those affected by the monsoon calamities in Kerala. Mohanlal handed over the cheque to the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan directly during CM’s press meet in secretariat. MCR group of has also donated new dress worth 22 lakh for the disaster-hit people. Mohanlal is the brand ambassador of MCR group. Mammootty had also handed over a cheque worth Rs 25 lakh to the chief minist

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