Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday conducted the aerial survey of flood affected areas of Kerala. This was after sources had said that his planned aerial survey of Kerala floods had been cancelled due to bad weather.
According to reports, Modi held a meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister KJ Alphons before announcing an additional relief package of Rs 500 crore. Chief Minister Vijayan had sought the assistance worth Rs 2,000 crore.
Before leaving for Kerala, Modi had tweeted on Friday evening, “Leaving for Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state.”
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi urged Modi to declare Kerala floods a national disaster. He wrote, “Dear PM. Please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay. The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake.”
#WATCH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood affected areas. PM has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs.50,000 to those seriously injured, from PM’s National Relief Funds (PMNRF). #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/T6FYNVLmMu
— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2018
As many as 324 people have died in the raging floods that have affected almost the entire state. This year’s floods are being described as the worst in over a century.
A report by ANI said that the union defence ministry had provided 1300 life jackets, 571 lifebuoys, 1000 raincoats, 1300 gumboots, 1200 ready-to-eat meal, 1500 food packets, 25 motorised boats and 9 non-motorised boats for rescue operations.
Meanwhile, the Southern Railway has dispatched 7 BRN wagons with syntax tank carrying 2.8 lakh litre drinking water from Tamil Nadu’s Erode.
The Indian Navy rescued nearly 500 people on Friday, continuing with its massive rescue and relief operations in flood-ravaged Kerala where monsoon rains have left a trail of death and destruction across the state.
On Friday, 58 rescue teams were deployed at multiple locations as part of “Operation Madad” launched nine days ago, reported IANS.
According to officials it is unprecedented in the history of rescue operations by the Navy as the flood situation continued to remain grim all across the southern state. More than 3,000 people have been rescued since floods hit Kerala 10 days ago, an official spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, UAE, which has a considerably large population from Kerala, has decided to form an emergency committee to help the flood victims saying that Keralites have always been a part of the gilf country’s success story.
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