Kerala floods: ‘Unprecedented disaster,' says Rajnath, announces relief of Rs 100 cr

WION Web Team
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India Published: Aug 12, 2018, 08:23 PM(IST)

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Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced an immediate relief of Rs.100 crores to flood-hit Kerala.

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''Centre is extremely sensitive to the needs of the Kerala state at this critical juncture. The first installment of Rs 80.25 Crore of the Central share of SDRF for 2018-19 was released last month only,'' tweets Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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''In order to supplement the efforts of the state government, just before leaving for Kerala I have approved the release the second installment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the SDRF,'' tweet further read.

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As per latest information, 33 people were dead and six were missing in rain-related incidents in the state. Vijayan confirmed the death of 33 people and six missing. "Such destruction has never before been witnessed in the state. The entire state has come together in these circumstances, and we are ready to do whatever is necessary," said Vijayan.

Over 1000 people including elderly women and children have been rescued in areas where the Indian Army's ten columns comprising more than 40 composite teams are working round the clock to ensure that the last person stranded in the floods is rescued.

Flash floods due to incessant rains have wreaked havoc in several districts of the state. From past few days, normal life in many parts has been disrupted. The areas which were worst hit are Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Idukki, and Mallapuram districts.

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