Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged districts of Kerala and announced an "immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crores".
Singh tweeted, "Centre is extremely sensitive to the needs of the Kerala state at this critical juncture. The first installment of Rs 80.25 Crore of the Central share of SDRF for 2018-19 was released last month only.
"In order to supplement the efforts of the state government, just before leaving for Kerala I have approved the release the second installment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the SDRF. I understand the suffering of the people of Kerala due to this unprecedented crisis. Since assessment of damages will take some time, I hereby announce immediate relief of an additional Rs 100 crores," he added.
Singh was accompanied by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons.
Earlier in the day, Singh had taken to Twitter to announce of his aerial survey and also informed that he would be visiting the relief campsites. Singh tweeted, "Heading to Kerala to take stock of the flood situation in the state. Shall conduct a survey of the flood-affected areas and also visit the relief campsites."
Kochi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the victims of the flood in Kerala; says 'I would like to assure the state government that all resources will be provided from central government to fight this flood situation.' #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/qCYiTXkAFe
— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2018
Kerala: Home Minister Rajnath Singh conducts aerial survey of the flood affected regions of the state. CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister KJ Alphons are also with him. pic.twitter.com/gT1Tv3sheL
— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2018
After a brief lull, rains started lashing several parts of Kerala since Sunday morning, posing problems to the relief operations undertaken
By multiple agencies in the flood and landslides hit regions. There were no fresh casualties reported since yesterday and the toll in the rain-related incidents since the current monsoon fury from August 8 stood at 37.
However, the water level in the Idukki and Idamalayar reservoirs reduced, bringing some relief, with the authorities saying there was no need for any panic for people living downstream, officials said.
More than 60,000 people have been accommodated in relief camps set up in different areas, including in Wayanad where over 14,000 people had been sheltered.
Ten columns of Army, a unit of Madras Regiment along with personnel of Navy, Air Force and the NDRF were engaged in relief and rescue operations in badly-hit districts including Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad, Defence sources said.
Mananthavady and Vythiri in the hilly Wayanad district have been totally cut-off, with roads washed away and houses marooned by water.
The water level in the Idukki dam, the biggest arch dam in Asia which was opened after a gap of 26 years, marginally declined to 2399.16 ft at 10 am today, after hovering close to its maximum of 2,403 feet in the past few days, officials said.
There was a brief respite from the rains yesterday in several parts of the state, but the fresh heavy downpour was making relief works difficult now, authorities said.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had on Saturday warned that heavy to very heavy rains were expected in 16 states, including Kerala, till Monday. The weather department has issued a 'Red alert', asking people to be cautious as there was a possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places in Idukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Malappuram districts.
Around 1,500 houses were damaged partially and 101 have been destroyed completely in rain fury in the state during the last few days, according to the disaster control room officials here. "Heading to Kerala to take stock of the situation in the state. Shall conduct a survey of the flood-affected areas and also visit the relief campsites', Rajnath Singh tweeted.
The Chief Minister on Saturday undertook an aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas of Idukki and Wayanad and said Kerala was in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc and that the calamity has caused "immeasurable misery and devastation."