As the death toll climbed to 37 in rain-affected Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday undertook an aerial survey of flood-ravaged districts of the state. More than 11 out of 14 districts in the southern Indian state are under water due to incessant rains in the last three days. NDRF, Army and other forces are working on a war footing to rescue people from flood-affected areas as the overall situation remains grave.
On Saturday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to release sufficient funds to the Kerala Government. Meanwhile, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has also appealed to all to contribute generously to restore life in the state. He has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of deceased and Rs 10 lakh to those who lost their property in the Floods. The CM is visiting the flood-affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode & Malappuram districts.
The centre has assured all assistance to the state government after. The South-West monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala, with heavy rains battering the southern state for the last three days. For the first time in the last 26 years, all five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam–a part of Idukki hydel reservoir system– were opened. Idukki dam is one of the largest arch dams in Asia. Besides, more than 24 dams across the state have also been opened to drain out excess water.
A total of 11,713 people have been shifted to 73 relief camps across the state. Read in MALAYALAM