Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kochi to conduct a survey of flood-affected regions. He arrived in state capital Thiruvananthapuram on Friday night. He will review the status of relief and rescue operations today. More than 10,000 kilometers of national and state highways and a substantially larger part of panchayat roads are damaged while train services remained disrupted and the international airport at Kochi shut down till 26 August. The official estimate of the number of people displaced, 3,15,000, is much lower than independent estimates. These people are in relief camps, said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Modi, who arrived here from the state capital, is being accompanied by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran and other top state officials.His visit comes at a time when the Congress-led opposition has been demanding immediate deployment of the Army since the state government has been unable to deal with the crisis.Before returning to Delhi from Kochi later on Saturday, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting to discuss the situation.
The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, has called on the people of his country to contribute towards flood relief in Kerala. "UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected," he tweeted. "We have formed a committee to start immediately. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative."