Published On: Sat, Aug 18th, 2018

PM announces immediate relief of Rs 500 cr to flood-hit Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the rain-battered Kerala, after reviewing the flood situation in the state.

Kerala has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.

Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement said

“The prime minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state. This is in addition to Rs 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 12,” it said

After a high-level review meeting in Kochi, the prime minister made an aerial assessment of the damage caused due to floods in some of the affected areas of the southern state

He was accompanied by Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Ninister K J Alphons and officials during the aerial survey in the worst-hit Aluva-Thrissur regions

Expressing grief over the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to property due to floods, the prime minister observed that rescue of people who are still marooned remains the topmost priority

Vijayan later tweeted that the prime minister has sanctioned Rs 500 crore as immediate relief

“As per the initial estimate, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore. The actual loss can be ascertained after the water recedes in the affected areas. The state has sought an immediate assistance of Rs 2,000 crore,” he said

Modi, who reached the state capital last night, proceeded to Kochi in the morning and reviewed the flood situation during a meeting with Vijayan and the state government officials

The prime minister’s visit comes a week after Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state and conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas

Modi also assured the state government that relief materials, including food grains and medicines, would be provided, as requested

Insurance companies have been asked to hold special camps for assessment and timely release of compensation to the affected families and beneficiaries under social security schemes and directions have been issued for early clearance of claims under the Fasal Bima Yojana to agriculturists

The prime minister also directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to repair the main national highways damaged due to the floods on a priority basis

The central public sector undertaking like the NTPC and the PGCIL have been asked to render all possible assistance to the state government in restoring power lines

Villagers, whose ‘kutcha’ houses have been destroyed in the devastating floods, would be provided the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin homes on a priority basis

Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee scheme 5.5 crore person days have been sanctioned in the labour budget 2018-19

Any further request for incurring the person days would be considered as per the requirement projected by the state

Under the Mission for the Integrated Development of Horticulture, farmers would be provided assistance for replantation of damaged horticulture crops

The prime minister also complimented the state government for the efforts made in meeting the challenges of the unprecedented situation, the PMO statement added

Meanwhile, rains lashing several parts of the state since this morning is causing concern as it could hamper the rescue and relief operations

People wait for aid on the roof of their house at a flooded area in Kerala.

As per information from the control room of the State Disaster Management, since August 8, 194 persons have lost their lives so far and 36 are missing

Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

PTI

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