Prime Minister Narendra Modi assures relief of Rs 500 crore to flood struck Kerala
Even when Kerala is battling the worst natural disaster of our times, the central government has not yet announced it as a national disaster so that the state can get more rescues and funds for rehabilitation. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited flood struck parts of Kerala in his helicopter on Saturday morning.
Modi’s aerial view of the state was expected to begin at 7.30 a.m. But due to bad weather conditions, his chopper had to land back at Thiruvananthapuram. He started again by around 10 a.m. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested for Rs 1500 crore. But Modi has assured Rs 500 crore to be provided as immediate relief to the state.
The situation did not look any better on Saturday with heavy rains still lashing across the state. This hampered rescue operations as well. Flood water from Periyar River had submerged nearby Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts.
According to reports, over 350 people are dead in rain related accidents across Kerala. Death toll is expected to rise in the coming days. Over 3 lakh people have been shifted to relief camps. Government has estimated a loss of over Rs 20,000 crore.