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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced Rs 10 crore immediate relief for the flood-ravaged Kerala while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also announced Rs 10 crore to flood-ravaged Kerala, where 106 people died on a single day yesterday as the state plunged deeper into misery.
According to an official statement, while Rs 5 crore is being transferred from the Punjab Chief Minister's Relief Fund to Kerala counterpart's relief fund, the remaining Rs 5 crore will be in the form of ready-to-eat food material and other supplies, to be flown there with the help of the Defence Ministry.
"First, air force sortie is expected to take off tomorrow to deliver 30 tonnes of ready-to-eat foods, such as biscuits, rusks, bottled water and milk powder to the flood-hit state. About one lakh food packets are to be sent in the first consignment. The remaining will be dispatched as and when requisitioned by the Kerala government,"it said today.
A total of four sorties, each carrying 30 tonnes ready-to-eat foods, would be undertaken, the statement said, adding the Punjab government was pulling out all stops to ensure timely relief measures for the crisis-ridden Kerala.
Kejriwal appealed to everyone to donate generously for ''our brothers and sisters in Kerala''.
''Spoke to Kerala CM. Del govt is making a contribution of Rs 10 cr. I sincerely appeal to everyone to donate generously for our brothers and sisters in Kerala,'' tweeted Kejriwal.
The Punjab Financial Commissioner, Revenue, had earlier spoken to his Kerala counterpart, on the directives of Amarinder Singh, to assess the situation and the kind of support required by the Kerala government to deal with the unprecedented flood.
Thereafter, officials of the Punjab government got in touch with the Defence Ministry to seek their help in transfer of the relief material, the statement said.