Property worth Rs 8,316 crore damaged in rain-battered Kerala

Trivandrum, Kerala, India Published: Aug 13, 2018, 07:18 AM(IST)

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday informed that as per the preliminary report, the total damage due to floods in the state is estimated to be worth Rs 8316 crore.

Taking to Twitter, Vijayan said he has requested for an additional Rs 400 crore from the Home Ministry to carry out immediate relief and rehabilitation work in the state.

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"The impact of the disaster is likely to be felt for a long time. The Preliminary assessment indicates that nearly 20000 houses have been fully damaged and nearly 10000 km of state PWD roads damaged. The preliminary loss is around 8316 crore," he tweeted."

The Chief Minister has requested an amount of Rs 400 crore in addition to the Rs 800 crore already sought for carrying out the immediate relief and rehabilitation.

CM also requested that a Central team may be sent again to assess the damages that have occurred during the last week," a second tweet read.

The state government has also requested the Centre to declare the calamity a 'rare severity' and provide the required funds and assistance within four weeks.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after meeting flood victims in Kerala and taking an aerial overview of the situation in the state, announced an additional Rs 100 crore flood relief.

The Home Minister also approved the release of the second instalment in advance for the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to supplement the efforts of the state government.

The Chief Minister had informed that at least 33 people had been killed and six missing in rain-related incidents in the state.

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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