The Government has declared an Rs. 1 billion immediate central relief for the Kerala floods that killed 37 people and displaced about 37,000. The heavy monsoon rain opened Idukki dam’s shutters after 26 years. The incessant rain forced open 22 dams in a single day. The torrential rains also triggered landslides, overflowed reservoirs and rivers broke their banks.
Though the rains have subsided, the anxiety of flash floods remain. Thousands of families have shifted into relief camps. The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after an aerial survey, told reporters that, “The rains and floods had caused massive damage to the farm sector and infrastructures like roads and power.”
Singh termed the Kerala floods as an ‘unprecedented flood situation’. “Never before in the history of independent India has Kerala witnessed such massive floods.”
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Meanwhile, the state government has sought the urgent sanction of Rs12.2 billion from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “preliminary reports showed that the state had suffered a loss of Rs83.16 billion.” He said the floods had caused misery and ruin. “About 20,000 houses have been fully damaged and about 10,000 km of state PWD roads have been damaged.” The Chief Minister had also announced an Rs. 4 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased and Rs10 to those who had lost their property to the floods.
According to Kerala State Disaster Management Authority’s control room, about 2547.66 acres of crops had been destroyed. And Reuters has quoted government officials that, “crop worth Rs342 crore across 26,824 hectares had been destroyed since May 29.”
The people are bracing for more rain till August 15. Low-lying coastal areas are vulnerable to more flooding.