New Delhi, Aug 13: The toll due to Kerala rains and subsequent floods and landslides rose to 39 on Monday, said reports. The total damage caused already is estimated to be worth Rs 8,316 crore, said Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan. He has requested for an additional Rs 400 crore from the Home Ministry to carry out immediate relief and rehabilitation work in the state even as the Centre has promised an aid of Rs 100 crore to the rain-battered state. (Also read: Damaged Passports Will be Replaced Free of Cost)
The state government had also requested the Centre to declare the calamity a ‘rare severity’ and provide the required funds and assistance within four weeks, said ANI. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state on Sunday, met flood victims and also took an aerial overview of the situation.
According to the latest official figures, more than 60,000 people have been lodged in various relief camps across the 14 districts of the southern state. Although the intensity of rains has decreased to some extent, the anxiety and fear continue to grip the people living in relief camps across the state, said PTI. Many of them are too scared to return, many others are clueless about where to go and many are yet to get over their loss. Vijayan had announced Rs 10 lakh as compensation to those who lost their houses and land in the rain, and Rs 4 lakh to those who lost a member of their family.
DMK Working President MK Stalin has also announced Rs 1 crore flood relief to the Kerala government. A DMK statement said, “Unprecedented floods in Kerala have affected many people and has caused damage to properties worth crores. The party’s working president MK Stalin has decided to contribute Rs 1 crore to Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami had also announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore to rain-ravaged Kerala as a mark of support to the neighbouring state. Karnataka and Puducherry have also announced aid for Kerala.