Naveen announces Rs 5 crore additional aid for Kerala

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced an additional financial assistance of Rs 5 crores for the flood-ravaged Kerala, where the death toll has reportedly risen to 400.

The additional financial assistance would be released from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the people of the flood-ravaged state. That apart, the CM said that 500 metric tonnes of polythene sheets worth Rs 8 crore would be sent to Kerala which is facing the worst flooding in nearly a century.

Patnaik said that people of Odisha stand by the flood affected people of Kerala at this hour of severe distress. He expressed deep condolences for the lost of lives in the devastating flood.

Expressing solidarity with all flood-affected people of Kerala, he said that Odisha knows what a natural calamity of this magnitude means to the common man and condoled lives lost in the Kerala flood.

He has further directed the Relief Commissioner of Odisha to remain in touch with the authorities and extend all possible help to the people from Odisha stranded in Kerala. Labour Department of Odisha has already sent officials to Kerala to ensure the safety of Odia labourers affected by floods.

August 16, Patnaik had announced Rs 5 crore assistance for the flood-hit Kerala. Patnaik had talked to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan over the telephone following which the financial assistance was announced.

The state government on Saturday sent a special team of fire service personnel armed with adequate modern equipment to assist in the rescue and relief operations in flood-ravaged Kerala.

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