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Kerala floods: CM says Rs 2000 crore assistance required; concerns about disease emerge

Authorities are now preparing to prevent any outbreak of disease among over 6 lakh people who have taken shelter in more than 3,000 relief camps across the state.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 19 Aug 2018, 18:45:26
Kerala Floods (Pic: PM Modi/Twitter) Kerala Floods (Pic: PM Modi/Twitter)

Thiruvanantpuram: The flood water began receding in some areas of the flood-hit Kerala and the red alert was withdrawn although the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that heavy rains are likely to continue over Kerala. 

Meanwhile, authorities are now preparing to prevent any outbreak of disease among over 6 lakh people who have taken shelter in more than 3,000 relief camps across the state.

The National Disaster Management Authority tweeted: "Water levels show falling trend. Some hydrographs from @FFM_CWC," their tweet read.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said repairing state will require at least Rs 2,000 crore in immediate assistance.

In a tweet, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said, "Dear PM, Increasing funds allocated for Kerala relief to Rs.500 Cr is a good step but nowhere near enough. It is critical you declare the floods as a National Disaster. Please do not vacillate as the people of Kerala are suffering."

There seems no respite in flood-hit Kerala as 33 more deaths were reported on Saturday taking the toll to 368 while 58,000 people were rescued from different parts of the state.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the stock of Kerala devastation which was due to continuous rains and floods.

Taking to Twitter he said, "In Kerala, I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state. Joined a review meeting and undertook an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding. The nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour.

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"My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives due to incessant flooding across Kerala. I hope the injured recover at the earliest,"

"We all pray for the safety and wellbeing of the people of Kerala. Centre is providing all possible assistance to Kerala. This includes financial assistance, providing food grains and medicines. We have asked the NHAI, NTPC, PGCIL to render all possible assistance and cater to basic infrastructure needs in the wake of the floods."

"The Central Government is ensuring that the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, MGNREGA, various social security schemes, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture reach those affected on a priority basis in Kerala."

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"NDRF teams, companies of BSF, CISF and RAF are deployed in the state for rescue and relief operations. The Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard are assisting operations in different parts of Kerala. Rescuing those who are trapped remains the topmost priority."

"I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit. I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation. I would also like to appreciate the wide support and solidarity from people across India towards Kerala during this unprecedented situation."

Expressing concern over the devastation caused by the continuous rains in Kerala, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged PM Modi to declare it as national disaster.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Dear PM, Please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay. The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 500 crore interim relief to the state following a review meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister KJ Alphons. This is in addition to Rs. 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 12.

Congress leader PC Chacko said that "Thousands of people are marooned and facing a very severe, critical situation and more emergency evacuation operation is needed. What is being done is appreciable but we need more help from the Centre and other states as Kerala is in distress".

On Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced Rs 10 crore worth of immediate relief. Besides him, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have also announced immediate financial help for the relief works.

First Published: 19 Aug 2018, 10:32:19

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