Kerala Flood: : Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the Kerala is facing an “unprecedented crisis” and announced a relief of Rs. 100 crore for the state, which is grappling with devastating landslides and floods caused by unprecedented rain that have caused more than Rs. 8,000 crore in damages, according to the state. Over the last five days, 37 people died in the state and 8 of its 14 districts have been put on high alert. More than 60,000 people had to be evacuated to relief camps. The meteorological department said the heavy rains are expected to continue till the Independence Day.
The chief minister announced the preliminary assessment of the loss was totalled at Rs 8,316 crore and said an additional amount of Rs 400 crore has also been requested from the Central government.
Hours after conducting an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged Kerala with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday submitted a memorandum to Singh, pegging the preliminary assessment of the loss at Rs 8,316 crore and seeking the urgent sanction of Rs 1,220 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) to meet the situation.
The chief minister said an additional amount of Rs 400 crore has also been requested from the Central government. He added that an amount of Rs 820 crore has already been sought for carrying out immediate relief and rehabilitation in the state. CM Vijayan has requested for another assessment of the damage by the Central team.
The chief minister said, “In preliminary assessment loss due to floods in Kerala is Rs 8316 crore. Nearly 20,000 houses have been fully damaged and nearly 10,000 km of state PWD roads damaged. We’ve requested an amount of Rs 400 crore from Centre in addition to Rs 820 Crore already sought for carrying out immediate relief and rehabilitation. We also requested that Central team may be sent again to assess the damages that have occurred.”
Nearly 20,000 houses and at least 10,000 km of roads have also been damaged in the floods.
Nearly 10,000 people have been sent to relief camps in Thrissur and Ernakulam districts after five floodgates were opened on the Idukki dam on the Periyar River. The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.
There are warnings of floods in low-lying coastal areas and fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea.
Ten columns of Army, a unit of Madras Regiment along with personnel of Navy, Air Force and 14 teams of the National Disaster Relief Force, were engaged in relief and rescue operations in badly-hit districts — Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayand, Kozhikode and Idukki districts.
The Minister said three teams of NDRF had been pre-positioned in Kerala during the current monsoon season. “Eleven more NDRF teams have been deployed in the state, taking the total number of NDRF teams to 14. If needed we will press in additional teams,” Singh said in a tweet.
Here’s what we know so far about the situation of Kerala Flood:
- As of 6 am today, the water level of Idukki dam was at 2399.46 feet. Though there was some respite from rain across the state, especially in catchment areas of Idukki dam. The Meteorological Department issued a red alert, asking people to be cautious as there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places in Idukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Malappuram.
- Kerala government announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to people who lost their homes and land and Rs 4 lakh to those who lost a member of their family in Kerala Flood.
- Two fishermen drowned yesterday when their boat capsized off Thiruvananthapuram coast. In another incident, bodies of two women were found in a waterlogged area behind their house at Kuttanad in Alappuzha district. Four more bodies were recovered from other parts of the state, taking the death toll to 37.
- A total of 35,874 people have been put up in 341 relief camps across Kerala, officials at the state Disaster Management control room said. Crops across 1,301 hectares have been destroyed.
- According to Indian National Centre for Ocean information services, there is a possibility of flooding in low-lying coastal areas in Kerala, especially during high tide timings due to ‘Perigean spring tides’ from August 11-15.
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of some flood-hit areas and hold discussions with the Chief Minister at Kochi today.
Help by Non-profit Organizations and public:
Path, a non profit organisation based in the city has rallied its members to start four collection points. These are the Naturals Lounge in TNagar, the Mallika Ceebros flats at Nungambakkam, Sunnyvale Apartments in Ayanavaram and Bamboola in RA puram. The organisation sent out messages on Friday and have already dispatched trucks from the city carrying an initial consignment of relief material.
“We worked very closely with flood victims in Chennai in 2015. So we are aware of what is required in such a situation,” says Vikas Srivastav of Path.
In Coimbatore, an initiative named C4TN is heralding the relief efforts. They are a group of 55 NGOs that first came together during the Chennai floods. They put out a message on social media on Sunday afternoon, stating that they are collecting basic requirements to transport to Kerala. A list of 18 items including – water bottles, undergarments, sanitary napkins and sleeping mats were mentioned.
“From the time we put up the post, my phone has been ringing non-stop,” says Arun Prasad, businessman and member of C4TN. “So far we have collected Rs.90,000 worth of goods and plan to continue the campaign for another three days. I am confident that we will have Rs.2 lakh worth of goods to send by then,” he says.