Bengal government announces Rs 10 cr to Kerala

Elias Hubbard
August 20, 2018

Many are still stranded in their homes with no food at various places in Alapuzha, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts. A BSc student at a private college at Thodupuzha in Idukki district, Hanan's story had gone viral after a Malayalam daily reported her struggles.

Torrential rain finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, but authorities feared an outbreak of disease among the hundreds of thousands crammed into relief camps.

The monsoon is expected to reduce significantly from Monday, which should aid rescue efforts being carried out by the Indian military, the coast guard and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), meteorologists said.

In Kerala, the 1924 flood is usually referred to as the "flood of 99", as it was the year 1099 in the Malayalam Calendar.

In the southern state of Kerala, there have been more than 350 deaths from the constant rain.

Every fisherman who took part in the rescue act would be given Rs 3,000 each, he said.

At least 310,000 people have been displaced and are taking shelter in more than 2,000 relief camps.

India stepped up relief operations for the worst flood in a century in its southern state of Kerala, deploying additional rescue teams, helicopters and motorboats, as the number of dead mounted. Numerous requests coming to helpline numbers are from people who have already been rescued.

"The flood situation in Kerala and the destruction, it has left behind, is distressing". He said that the party was fully with the people of Kerala at this hour of crisis. President assured the people of the state that entire nation was with them. He also assured that the federal government would send desperately needed grains, as storage in the state had been flooded and stocks destroyed.

North and central Kerala has been worst hit by the floods. While, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs. 10 crore aid, Jharkhand has given a financial help of Rs.

A consignment of six tonnes will be despatched to Kerala on Saturday, while another five tonnes will follow shortly.

State governments of Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and some other states have also announced assistance.

Kerala is facing the heaviest rains and consequent widespread floods and destruction since 1924, which the state estimates has caused a loss of over Rs 19,500 crore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday undertook an aerial survey of monsoon ravaged areas and announced an immediate assistance of Rs 500 crore.

Besides, the SBI has encouraged all its 270,000 staffers to contribute to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), and the bank would contribute an equivalent amount. We've decided that a train full of rice worth around Rs 7.5 crores will leave for Kerala tomorrow. "Their phone battery died and now I am not getting any update", said Mr Kumar, a software engineer.

Vijayan said the government would help the migrant workers who may not be in a position to work immediately after being stranded in the floods.

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