Modi sanctions Rs 500 crore interim relief for Kerala

19 August, 2018, 17:37 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • India deploys military to save southern residents trapped by flood

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had undertaken an aerial survey of some of the flood affected regions yesterday and reviewed the situation. We must all contribute to help the distressed and the affected people.

"No water and food".

Heavy rain has hit the state again on Saturday slowing attempts to deploy rescuers and get relief supplies to isolated areas cut off for days, many of which can only be reached by boat or helicopter.

According to a lawmaker in Pathanamthitta district, some 10,000 people were stranded and in grave danger unless they were rescued urgently.

Mr Singh said the Red Cross is doing everything possible to help - providing clothes, food and support to those now living in camps - but that "there is a lot more that will have to be done in short and long-term".

The Centre on Saturday said the Cochin Naval Base would be thrown open for commercial flight operations from the morning of August 20-a move that will bring a huge relief to people awaiting resumption of air service from Kochi. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked for an immediate assistance of Rs 2,000 crore. Mobile phones are not reachable. More than 1.5 lakh people are in over 1,000 relief camps while almost 75,000 houses have been submerged in water. "Please help", he added.

Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also sent yesterday a cable of condolences to HE President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind on the victims of the floods which swept the State of Kerala, wishing the injured a speedy recovery. Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops. Numerous rescued animals are dogs, but they are extending relief to all animals! "The special rescue team will stay there for as long as the Kerala government needs it to", K Satyanarayana, Director General, State Disaster Response and Fire Services, told reporters.

A Reuters witness in Aluva town, almost 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram, said army helicopters airlifted up to 14 marooned residents, including children and elderly people from an apartment.

North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods, with the worldwide airport in the main city of Kochi shut until at least August 26.

Kerala, popular among worldwide tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.

A total of 407 people have died in Kerala, 190 in Uttar Pradesh, 183 people in West Bengal, 139 in Maharashtra, 52 in Gujarat, 45 in Assam and 11 in Nagaland state, officials and the Press Trust of India news agency reported.



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