As per the government press release, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met for the second time in two days here today to review the rescue & relief operations in the flood-affected areas in Kerala.
Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha directed the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)to provide boats, helicopters, life jackets, life buoys, raincoats, gumboots, inflatable tower lights etc. Kerala Chief Secretary requested for motorized boats so as to reach people marooned in flood-affected areas.
“ The Centre has mobilized deployment of 339 motorized boats, 2,800 life jackets, 1,400 lifebuoys, 27 light towers and 1,000 raincoats. Further, 72 motor boats, 5,000 life jackets, 2,000 lifebuoys, 13 light towers and 1,000 raincoats are being deployed. 1,00,000 food packets have been distributed and arrangements are being made to supply another 1,00,000 food packets. Provision has been made for the supply of milk powder as well,’’ the government press release read.
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Moreover, as per government press release, Railways has provided 1,20,000 water bottles, and an additional 1,20,000 bottles are ready to be despatched.
Use of Naval airstrip at Kochi for use by civilian airlines has been offered to the Kerala Government as the civilian airport remained closed.
Kerala Government has been advised to explore the use of V-SAT communication links in areas where telephone connectivity has been disrupted.
(Press Information Bureau)