18 Aug 2018, Edition - 1131, Saturday
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- Odisha government sent a 240-member fire services team to carry out rescue operations in flood-ravaged Kerala
- Bihar CM Nitish Kumar donates 10 crore for Kerala
- 500 crore relief package announced for Kerala
- PM Modi undertakes aerial survey of Kerala
- Imran Khan Takes Oath As Pakistan’s New Prime Minister
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- Kerala floods: Virat Kohli, Sunil Chhetri, Sania Mirza come out urging people for help
- 106 die in a day in flood-hit Kerala
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Union Minister Alphons criticises handling of Ockhi disaster
Covai Post Network
December 3, 2017
Union Minister for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam on Sunday made ambiguous remarks on the LDF government handling Ockhi issue.
First he stood by Kerala government’s claim that the state was informed late on November 30 about the cyclone before which the fishermen had ventured into the sea.
Soon he made a U- turn while addressing reporters along with state BJP leaders when he said the IMD had issued clear warnings on November 28 and 29 that there will be depression in the sea and that fishermen should not go out for fishing.
A day after Kerala requested the centre to declare Ockhi a national disaster, he said it was not possible. The cyclone will not be declared a national disaster.
However the Centre can consider providing funds, he said.