Death toll following deadly India floods rises to 357

India deploys military to save southern residents trapped by flood

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Airlines operating from Muscat to Kochi said that the scheduled flights between Muscat and Kochi will now operate to Trivandrum Airport until August 26.

The home ministry announced separately that 868 people have been reported dead in seven Indian states including Kerala since the start of the monsoon in June. "The only good news is that rains have come down in certain areas of the state and we are planning to rescue all those who are waiting preferably by the end of this day", he said.

Modi, who arrived in the state capital on Friday night, reached Kochi accompanied by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Revenue Minister E Chandrasekheran and other top state officials.

This humanitarian interface coincides with the launch of a fund raising campaign targeting more than QR4m to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 60,000 people through food, medical and shelter assistance.

Navy personnel airlift people to safety during a rescue operation at a flooded area in Paravoor, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018.

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About 13 deaths were recorded on Sunday by the evening, a sharp fall from 33 on Saturday and more than 100 in the preceding days when water levels were surging.

Roads and 134 bridges have suffered damage, isolating remote areas in the hilly districts of the state which are worst affected.

The NDRF teams are operational at present in Thrissur (15), Pathanamthitta (13), Alappuzha (11), Ernakulum (5), Idukki (4), Mallapuram (3), Wayanad and Kozhikode (2 each).

The Prime Minister directed the National Highways Authority of India to fix the main national highways damaged due to the floods on a priority basis.

"It's time the PM rises above political partisan game and comes forward as a nation to help the people of Kerala and Karnataka and declare Kerala floods as a national calamity", he said.

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Flaying the state for "failing in the endeavour", Leader of Opposition Chennithala said, "I have been flooded with calls from the affected persons. I do not want to blame anyone but it has been proved beyond doubt that the state government has failed". "Please do not vacillate as the people of Kerala are suffering", Gandhi said in a tweet. Once we reach home, we won't have any water to drink.

However, a landslide near Nelliyampathy in Palakkad district has left around 1,000 people cut off from the mainland and the Army is working to clear the debris.

Railway services between Ernakulam and Thrissur remained suspended on Saturday with long-distance trains diverted via the Nagercoil route.

This was the second meeting of the NCMC in two days.

The floods have caused an estimated $3 billion in damage but the bill is likely to rise as the scale of devastation becomes clearer.

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