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Kerala Floods: PM Modi Grants Rs. 500 Crore as Aid

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PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi took an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged state of Kerala on Saturday, witnessing the damage caused by the incessant rains and landslides in the past few days.

He was accompanied by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister and lawmaker from the state KJ Alphons.

Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting of officials at Kochi this morning before the survey as bad weather delayed his flight plans.

Chief Minister Vijayan informed the PM that “the State has suffered a loss of ₹19,512 crore as per initial assessment” and requested for an immediate assistance of Rs. 2000 crore.

PM Modi announced an assistance of Rs. 500 crore and this is in addition to Rs. 100 crore announced earlier.

The Prime Minister also announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from the PM’s National Relief Fund, a statement on PM’s website said.

The death toll in the devastating floods and landslides in Kerala has risen to 324. Incessant rains and landslides, the worst in 100 years, have caused much damage with heavy rains forecast till Sunday.

Over 200,000 people are now in more than 1500 relief camps that are functioning in the state. The intensity of the rain had reduced but has picked up again with a red alert issued for in 11 of the 14 districts in the state.

The central government has deployed its armed forces with the Air Force, Navy and Army teams helping in rescue and relief efforts.

The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 58 teams in 8 districts of the state and has recused 170 people with 7000 evacuated to safer places.

The state’s electricity board has cut power supply as a preventive measure which means much of the state is without power. This is causing problems as people are not able to charge their phones, their only means of communication for rescue or relief.

Many Indian states have now announced their contribution as aid and even UAE has announced the formation of a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the people of Kerala

President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum took to Twitter saying “The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative.”

Volunteers, non-government agencies, corporates, and fishermen have come forward to participate in the rescue and relief efforts.

Tech giant Google has released a live map of the resources available for rescue and relief operations in the state.

#KeralaFloods: AS IT HAPPENED

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