#KeralaNeedsU: PM Modi announces Rs 500 crore immediate aid

Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the immediate release of Rs 500 crore in emergency aid for Kerala following his survey of the state undertaken on Saturday morning.

He held a review meeting and conducted an aerial assessment of the damage caused. He was accompanied by the Kerala Governor, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union MoS KJ Alphons.

Following the review, the Prime Minister announced financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state, in addition to Rs 100 crore announced by the Home Minister on August 12. He has assured that relief items, including food and medical supplies, will be supplied to the Kerala government as required.

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CASUALTIES OF THE FLOODS:

An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person for the next of kin of the deceased has been announced from the Prime Minister’s National Relief fund, as well as Rs 50,000 for those who are seriously injured. (PMNRF)

FOR PROPERTY AND INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE:

The Prime Minister also directed Insurance companies to hold special camps for assessment and release compensation in a timely fashion to the affected beneficiaries under social security schemes. Claims of those in the agriculture industry should also be cleared early under the Fasal Bima Yojna, the Prime Minister has announced.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been directed to repair main national highways damaged due to floods on priority. CPSEs like NTPC and PGCIL have been directed to assist the Kerala government to restore power connectivity.

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Houses that have been destroyed in villages are to be provided Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Gramin houses on priority irrespective of their place on the PMAY-G wait-list.

MEASURES TO ENSURE LIVELIHOOD:

Farmers will be provided assistance for replantation of damaged horticulture crops under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture.

In addition to the 5.5 crore-person-days that have been sanctioned for Kerala in the labour budget of 2018-19, any further requests for increasing the allocation will be considered as per the state’s requirements.

RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS:

57 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams involving about 1300 personnel and 435 Boats have been deployed for search and rescue operations. Five BSF, CISF and RAF companies have been deployed in the State to carry out rescue and relief measures. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have also been deployed for assisting in search & rescue operations. A total of 38 helicopters have been deployed for rescue and relief measures. In addition, 20 Aircraft are also being used for ferrying resources. The Army has deployed 10 Columns and 10 Teams of Engineering Task Force (ETFs) involving around 790 trained personnel. Navy is providing 82 teams.The Coast Guard has provided 42 teams; 2 helicopters and 2 ships. Since August 9, the NDRF, Army and Navy together have rescued /evacuated 6714 persons and provided medical assistance to 891 persons.

As per the Kerala CMO, Kerala is facing its worst floods in 100 years. 80 dams have been opened, 324 lives have been lost and 2,23,139 people have been evacuated to about 1500+ relief camps.

Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has formed a committee to provide relief to the people affected by flash floods in Kerala.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan took to Twitter to make the announcement and urged “everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative.”

“The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days” his first tweet read.

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