Central government extends Rs 80 crore in aid to Kerala state to deal with floods

Kochi | India’s central government has sanctioned Rs 80 crore to the southern Kerala state as an initial assistance to deal with “unprecedented rains and floods,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday.

A central government team headed by Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, and accompanied by Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam, arrived here this morning. The team is scheduled to visit the rain-affected districts, including Kottayam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam.

“We issued Rs 80 crore on Friday and the state government has some amount,” Rijiju said, adding the Centre and the state would work together to deal with the situation. He said damages caused due to flooding were being calculated.

“We will extend whatever possible help from the central government because Kerala has witnessed unprecedented rains and floods. We are with the people of Kerala and the central government will do whatever is required,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, a defence spokesperson said the Southern Naval Command has sent five teams to Alappuzha district to assist the civil administration in disaster relief. The teams were dispatched after a request by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in view of the widespread inundation and waterlogging in the state.

Each team comprises five members and is equipped with inflatable gemini boats and other equipment including diving sets, the spokesperson said. The SNC is ready to offer assistance with food and medical services if required by the administration, he added.

The toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala has gone up to 41 since the onset of monsoon on May 29. As many as 1.18 lakh people have taken refuge in 606 relief camps across Kerala, as rains continued to batter several parts of the state.

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