New Delhi: At a time when Kerala is trying to stand on its feet again, a self-styled godman Chakrapani Maharaj has appealed people to help only those who do not eat beef. Kerala is facing its worst floods in nearly a century that has left at least 231 people dead, and forced 3.14 lakh people out of their homes. The Centre has declared this calamity of ‘severe nature’.
Talking to news agency ANI, Maharaj said, “I am also appealing for help in Kerala. But help should be given to those who respect nature and creatures. When roti was available to people in Kerala, they were slaughtering the cow to eat her meat. So, what I mean is that Hindus should provide help to those who avoid cow meat.” (ALSO READ: PM Modi Announces Rs 500 Crore as Interim Relief)
The self-styled godman blamed cow slaughters for the floods in the state. “Nature punishes those who commit sin on this Earth”, said Chakrapani.
Earlier also, people took to micro-blogging site Twitter and had posted hate message for the flood victims. As the flood water is coming down, the state is now facing the gigantic task of rehabilitation and reconstruction, which also includes cleaning-up of wells, plumbing, and electrical works.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday announced that a total of 1.2 million people affected by floods are now housed in 3,314 relief camps.
Briefing the media, he said that no one needed to be rescued from any part of the state that was battered by the worst floods in nearly a century.
The central assistance of Rs 500 crore as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rs 100 crore by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was released on Tuesday.
In the past 14 years, India has refused aid from Russia, US, and Japan for Uttarakhand floods in 2013, and for the Kashmir earthquake in 2005 and floods in Kashmir in 2014.