Kerala declares drought, to seek Central aid

The government would submit a memorandum to the Centre to seek aid from the disaster mitigation fund.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:November 1, 2016 2:36 am

Worried over 34 per cent deficit in rainfall caused by the south-west monsoon, the Kerala government on Monday declared the state as drought-hit.

Making the announcement in the Assembly, Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan said the State Disaster Management Authority had been asked to approach the Union government for necessary funds to tide over the crisis. The government would submit a memorandum to the Centre to seek aid from the disaster mitigation fund.

Besides, rain due to the north-east monsoon has recorded a deficit of 69 per cent within a month of its arrival, he said. “Even if the state gets better rainfall in the next two months, it won’t be sufficient to overcome the drought situation. The state disaster management authority has recommended that all 14 districts in the state be declared drought-affected,’’ said the minister.