Kochi, Aug 14: Kerala will continue to receive heavy rainfall in next 24 to 48 hours, a fresh alert issued by the India Meteorological Department said. Till now, 39 people have lost their lives and lakhs have been rendered homeless due to unprecedented floods, landslides and downpour in the state. Also Read - UK's Chief Nurse Makes Emotional Speech Asking People to Stay Inside For Aimee And Areema, Nurses Who Died From Coronavirus
As per the IMD warning, heavy rainfall is most likely in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam whereas, heavy to heavy rainfall will hit Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakullam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Amid Janata Curfew, Death Toll Reaches 6, Bihar Man Youngest Victim
Earlier last night, the shutters of Banasura Sagar Dam were raised further to release excess water whereas, water level in Mullaperiyar Dam rose to 136 ft, prompting authorities to sound caution. Meanwhile, two shutters of Cheruthoni Dam part of Idukki reservoir were closed last evening. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cinema Halls in Jammu to be Closed Till March 31, Total Positive Cases Rise to 60 Across India
On Monday, Union Minister KJ Alphons termed Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac’s comment that the Centre’s relief of Rs 100 crore for the flood-hit state was inadequate, a “political” one and alleged that he did not visit the worst-affected areas.
Terming the situation in Kerala’s flood-affected areas as “very serious”, Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced an immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crore, with the state pegging its damages at Rs 8,316 crore. The announcement came hours after the Union Minister took an aerial survey of some flood-hit areas in Kerala.
“I understand the suffering of the people of Kerala due to this unprecedented crisis. Since the assessment of damages will take some time, I hereby announce immediate relief of an additional Rs 100 crores…The first instalment of Rs 80.25 crore of the Central share of SDRF for 2018-19 was released last month only…just before leaving for Kerala I have approved the release the second instalment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the SDRF,” tweeted Rajnath Singh.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has claimed that over Rs 320 crore was released by the Centre to the Kerala government as calamity relief fund during 2018-19. The allocation of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for 2018-19 was Rs 214 crore, of which the central government’s share was Rs 160.50 crore and the state government’s share was Rs 53.50 crore.
The balance available in the SDRF account as on April 1 this year as reported by the state accountant general Rs 348.45 crore, a home ministry statement said.
The first instalment of the central share of the SDRF for 2018-19, released on July 20 this year was Rs 80.25 crore, while the corresponding state share was Rs 26.75 crore. The second instalment of the central share of SDRF for 2018-19, released on August 10, 2018 was Rs 80.25 crore and the corresponding state share was Rs 26.75 crore.