New Delhi, Aug 12: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crore to deal with the destruction havocked by the Kerala floods. The announcement comes hours after the Union Minister took an aerial survey of some flood-hit areas in Kerala. He further added that the first instalment of the relief was released last month and the second one was released before his visit to Kerala.
“I understand the suffering of the people of Kerala due to this unprecedented crisis. Since assessment of damages will take some time, I hereby announce immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crores,” tweeted Rajnath Singh. The death toll, following unprecedented rains in Kerala, climbed to 37 on Saturday evening.
“The Centre is extremely sensitive to the needs of the Kerala state at this critical juncture. The first instalment of Rs 80.25 crore of the Central share of SDRF for 2018-19 was released last month only. In order to supplement the efforts of the state government, just before leaving for Kerala I have approved the release the second instalment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the SDRF,” he tweeted.
He also offered to send more teams of the disaster management force if required. “Three teams of NDRF were pre positioned in Kerala during the current Monsoon season. Eleven more NDRF teams have been deployed in the state taking the total number of NDRF teams to 14. If needed we will press in additional teams would be pressed into service,” the Home Minister tweeted.
He also made an appeal to all the political parties, social and cultural organisations to come together in mitigating the sufferings of the people of Kerala, at this critical hour.
Earlier in the day, Rajnath Singh took a stock of the situation in an areal survey along with CM Pinarayi Vijayan and said that the situation is very serious. Assuring the state of all possible help from the Centre, he said, “The situation is very serious in Kerala. The Centre will extend all necessary support to the state in all respects.”
“The floods in Kerala affected the Tourism sector in a big way and also adversely impacted the daily lives of more than one lakh people in the state. Thousands of them have been shifted to relief camps. These floods have caused massive damage to the crops like paddy, banana plantations and to the cash crops like spices. It has caused severe damage to infrastructures…” he said.
Meanwhile, DMK Working President MK Stalin has also announced Rs one crore flood relief to the Kerala government, on behalf of his party and expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.
“Unprecedented floods in Kerala have affected many people and has caused damage to properties worth crores. The party’s working president M K Stalin has decided to contribute Rs 1 crore to Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” a party statement said.