PM Modi announces Rs 500 cr immediate aid for flood-hit Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an interim relief of Rs 500 crore in emergency aid for flood-hit Kerala following his survey of the state undertaken on Saturday morning.

The Prime Minister, who was to conduct an aerial survey today morning, couldn’t undertake the survey due to heavy rains in Kochi. He later held a high-level meeting with the Kerala government officials to assess the situation.

Kerela flood

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the Prime Minister that Kerala had suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 in the wake of the floods, as per initial estimates. Besides, Vijayan also sought an emergency relief of Rupees 2,500 crore from the Centre saying that Kerala suffers losses of Rs 25,000 crores.

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As per the Kerala CMO, Kerala is facing its worst floods in 100 years. 80 dams have been opened, 324 lives have been lost and 2, 23,139 people have been evacuated to about 1500+ relief camps. In terms of property damage, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 as per an initial assessment.

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The PM has assured that relief items, including food and medical supplies will be supplied to the Kerala government as required.

For casualties of the floods:

An ex-gratia of Rs two lakh per person for the next of kin of the deceased has been announced from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) as well as Rs 50,000 for those who are seriously injured.

For property and infrastructure damage:

The Prime Minister also directed Insurance companies to hold special camps for assessment and release compensation in a timely fashion to the affected beneficiaries under social security schemes. Claims of those in the agriculture industry should also be cleared early under the Fasal Bima Yojna, the Prime Minister has announced.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been directed to repair main national highways damaged due to floods on priority. CPSEs like NTPC and PGCIL have been directed to assist the Kerala government to restore power connectivity.

Houses that have been destroyed in villages are to be provided Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Gramin houses on priority irrespective of their place on the PMAY-G wait-list.

Measures to ensure livelihood:

Farmers will be provided assistance for replantation of damaged horticulture crops under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture.

In addition to the 5.5 crore-person-days that have been sanctioned for Kerala in the labour budget of 2018-19, any further requests for increasing the allocation will be considered as per the state’s requirements.

Details of deployment for rescue and relief operations:

57 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams involving about 1300 personnel and 435 Boats have been deployed for search and rescue operations. Five BSF, CISF and RAF companies have been deployed in the State to carry out rescue and relief measures.

The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have also been deployed for assisting in search & rescue operations.

A total of 38 helicopters have been deployed for rescue and relief measures. In addition, 20 Aircraft are also being used for ferrying resources.

The Army has deployed 10 Columns and 10 Teams of Engineering Task Force (ETFs) involving around 790 trained personnel. Navy is providing 82 teams.

The Coast Guard has provided 42 teams; 2 helicopters and 2 ships. Since August 9, the NDRF, Army and Navy together have rescued /evacuated 6714 persons and provided medical assistance to 891 persons.

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