PM Modi to visit flood-hit Kerala this evening

New Delhi: An alert has been issued in four districts of Kerala, where more than 100 people died in the last 48 hours in the worst monsoon of the century. Overall, 167 people lost their lives since torrential rains started on Aug. 8, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the State this evening to conduct an aerial survey. The military has pushed in more boats and aircraft to rescue marooned people from vast swathes of the State that have been completely cut off due to floods.

This morning, Modi tweeted, “Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the State and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding.”