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Kerala Floods: PM Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood-affected areas; announces Rs 500 crore immediate aid for Kerala

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 August 2018, 12:34 IST

After the disastrous rains along with winds since last week, it has shool the entire state badly as heavy floods lashed out the almost 90% of Kerala is highly affected. The death toll rises to 324 on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of flood affected areas across Kerala. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs 500 crore as immediate aid for Kerala, in addition to the 100 crores announced earlier.

However, PM Modi has also 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).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accompanied by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P. Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons during an aerial survey of flood-affected areas.

Achankovil river near Alappuzha's Kollakadavu village is overflowing following heavy rainfall in the area. Shaukat, a villager says,"The area has been completely flooded. I have lost almost everything I had. The water level is increasing with every passing hour."

“58 teams of NDRF are deployed in 8 affected districts, we have recused 170 people and 7000 people have been evacuated to safer places. If required more teams will be deployed:” said Sanjay Kumar, DG, NDRF.

At least 10 districts have been affected badly by 14 districts. While lakhs of people have been shifted to relief camps as nearly 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed, landslides and homes swept away amid warnings of worse weather to come.

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First published: 18 August 2018, 12:34 IST
 
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