THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , Aug 13 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has granted an immediate assistance of Rs 100 crore for rain-ravaged Kerala even as the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought Rs 8,316 crore as a special package for dealing with the situation arising from unprecedented floods following heavy monsoon rains.This south-west monsoon season has already claimed 186 lives. As many as 211 incidents of landslides were reported during the period.
The Chief Minister said landslides and flood have caused huge damage to life and property and as many as 39 people have been killed.
The Meteorological department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall warning in eight districts of Kerala for the next four days with more than half of the 14 districts have been put on high alert.
After conducting an aerial survey of rain-hit districts of Idukki and Ernakulam districts along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister of State K J Alphonse,Rajnath Singh said, “I understand the sufferings of the people of Kerala from the present crisis. Since assessment of damage would take time, I am announcing an immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crore.”
Rajnath Singh told the media that the state has witnessed the worst ever situation since 1924 and there has been all round damage caused to crops, homes, properties besides tourism activities and the lives of one lakh people have been affected.
“As it requires more time to make a detailed assessment of the damage that has been caused, we require an immediate assistance of Rs 1,220 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund,” said Vijayan’s memorandum.
The Chief Minister has pointed out that this round of calamity comes close on the heels of the damages that was caused due to the heavy rains last month and for that a sum of Rs 820 crore was already cleared by the central team.
On Saturday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to release sufficient funds to the Kerala Government.
He said the state would have face the impact of the monsoon havoc for a long time as 10,000 km of road managed by the state public works department had been damaged.According to the state disaster management cell, as many as 31,075 people were staying in 302 temporary relief camps. As water retreated from several low-laying areas, people have started to return home.