Amritsar, Aug 17: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced Rs. 10 crores worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala.
“Rs 5 crore is being transferred from Chief Minister’s relief fund and remaining Rs 5 crore will be in form of ready-to-eat food material and other supplies”, Singh tweeted.
Since last 10 days, Kerala is witnessing worst ever rain and flood which claimed at least 167 lives so far.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the media on Friday that situation continues to be grave.
The most affected districts are Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur.
The calamity took a turn for the worse when, in a first, the sluices of 33 dams across Kerala were opened on Tuesday following incessant rains in the higher reaches of the ghats.
The famed tourist destination of Munnar continued to be in a bad shape, an official said. The Sabarimala temple also remained cut off by the river Pamba.
The hilly district of Wayanad, connected to Kannur and Kozhikode through a hill highway, has also been badly hit with the overflowing Banasura Sagar dam waters creating havoc. Several landslides were reported in the area.
In Wayanad alone, more than 20,000 people have been put up in relief camps.