Kerala floods: Union Minister Rajnath Singh announces Rs 100 crore relief

Kerala floods: Union Minister Rajnath Singh announces Rs 100 crore relief


Union Minister Rajnath Singh and CM Pinarayi Vijayan conducting the aerial survey of flood affected areas in Kerala.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh (left) and CM Pinarayi Vijayan conducting the aerial survey of flood affected areas in Kerala. Photo: HMOIndia

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced the relief for Kerala
  • He has approved release of another installment of Rs 80.25 crore for disaster relief force
  • He was in Kerala today to assess the situation in the flood-hit state

Union Minister Rajnath Singh today announced an additional relief of Rs 100 crore for Kerala in the aftermath of severe floods in the state. “Since assessment of damages will take some time, I hereby announce immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crores,” the Home Ministry quoted the home minister, Rajnath Singh, on Twitter.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today made an aerial survey of two rain-ravaged districts of Kerala and said the situation in the state was “very serious”.

Singh has also approved the release of the second installment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF).

“The Centre is extremely sensitive to the needs of the Kerala state at this critical juncture,” Singh tweeted, adding that the first installment of Rs 80.25 crore of the Central share of SDRF for 2018-19 was released in July only.

“The Centre is closely monitoring the situation here and providing all possible assistance to Kerala. We will leave no stone unturned to mitigate this unprecedented disaster,” Singh said today.

As many as 37 people have lost their lives in Kerala floods and landslides. No fresh casualties, however, have been reported since yesterday.

Around 1,500 houses were damaged partially and 101 have been destroyed completely in rain fury in Kerala in the last few days, according to the disaster control room officials in Thiruvananthpuram.

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