Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala today. He will be accompanied by Tourism Minister KJ Alphons and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Singh will review the search, rescue and relief measures taken by the Kerala government and central government agencies with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers of the state government, the Chief Secretary besides the senior officers of the central agencies and the state administration.
Rajnath Singh has assured Kerala CM of all help by the Centre to deal with the rains and floods.
Pounded by rains for the past few days, there was a brief let-up in the downpour on Saturday. However, the state government remained on high alert with more rains forecast, even as the toll in the monsoon fury since August 8 climbed to 37.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who undertook an aerial survey of rain ravaged areas of Idukki and Wayanad on Saturday, said Kerala was in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc and the calamity has caused “immeasurable misery and devastation.”
He announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh compensation for people who lost their land and Rs. 4 lakh for families of those killed.
Though there was a respite from rains across the state on Saturday, especially in catchment areas of Idukki dam, the Indian Meteorological Department issued a ‘Red alert’,asking people to be cautious as there was a possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places in Idukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Malappuram.
With the let up in the rains, life is limping back to normal in affected areas, including Palakkad and Waynad, where flood waters have started receding.
A total of 35,874 people have been put up in 341 relief camps across Kerala, officials at the state Disaster Management control room said.
A total of 580 houses were partially damaged and 44 fully, they said, adding crops in 1301 hectares have been destroyed.
According to Indian National Centre for Ocean information services, there was a possibility of flooding in low-lying coastal areas in Kerala, especially during high tide timings due to ‘Perigean spring tides’ from August 11-15.
The government machinery, as well as the Army, Navy and Coast Guard continued to remain alert to deal with the threats of flooding in parts of Ernakulam district and banks of the Periyar river following release of water from Idukki dam.
KSEB sources said the water release from the dam was being closely monitored. At present 7.50 lakh litres of water was being released by the dam per second.
This discharge would continue till the water level in the giant reservoir reaches the 2400 feet level, sources said.