Thiruvananthapuram: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday landed in Ernakulam to review the situation in the flood-hit state, which has been facing a crisis following torrential rain. He has announced an immediate assistance of Rs 100 crore for flood-affected areas in the state.
Floods and landslides triggered by the rain has so far left 37 people dead. 14 districts of the state have been put on high alert and more than 60,000 people have been evacuated.
More downpour with chances of landslides have been predicted with the meteorological department saying the heavy rainsr are expected to continue till the Independence Day.
Rajnath Singh took an aerial survey of flood-hit areas and reviewed the search, rescue and relief measures. He was accompanied by Tourism Minister KJ Alphons, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Ten columns of Army, a unit of Madras Regiment along with personnel of Navy, Air Force and 14 teams of the National Disaster Relief Force, were engaged in relief and rescue operations in worst-hit districts - Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayand, Kozhikode and Idukki districts.
"There was no rain in the catchment areas of major reservoirs today," news agency Reuters quoted PH Kurian, a top government official as saying.
A compensation of Rs 4 lakh to families of the deceased and an equal amount for those who lost their homes has been announced by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. A compensation of up to Rs 10 lakh will be given to those who have lost their land and home.