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Kerala rains HIGHLIGHTS: Centre announces additional relief worth Rs 100 crores, flood loss estimated at Rs 8,316 crores

Kerala rains HIGHLIGHTS: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday estimated the preliminary loss, due to the floods, to be around Rs 8,316 crore.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 13, 2018 2:33:30 am
Union minister Rajnath Singh conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas in Idukki and Ernakulam districts on Sunday. (Twitter/@CMOKerala) Union minister Rajnath Singh conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas in Idukki and Ernakulam districts on Sunday. (Twitter/@CMOKerala)

Terming the flood-situation in Kerala as “very serious”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced an immediate relief of an additional Rs 100 crore to the rain-ravaged state. Taking to Twitter, he said, “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 additional Rs 100 crores.”

Singh had conducted an aerial survey of Idukki and Ernakulam districts along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, MoS Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam and Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan. “I would like to assure the state government that all sorts of support will be provided by the central government to meet the challenges of the flood situation,” he said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan estimated the preliminary loss to be around Rs 8,316 crore.

The Meteorological Department has forecast a heavy to very heavy rain in eight districts for the next four days. The toll in the unprecedented rain, which has lashed the state since August 8, rose to 37, with eight more incidents of drowning reported on Saturday. However, the total number of people in relief camps in various districts came down from 53,500 on Friday to 35,874 as a section of the affected people returned home since the flood retreated from many areas. READ in MALAYALAM

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23:16 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Parts of Kochi submerged in water following heavy rainfall

Kochi: An aerial view of Aluva town following a flash flood after heavy rain, in Kochi on Sunday, August 12, 2018. (PTI Photo)

22:13 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Rajnath Singh tweets on his visit to flood-hit Kerala
21:45 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Over 60,000 people in relief camps

As per latest official figures, more than 60,000 people, including women, toddlers and senior citizens, have been lodged in various relief camps across 14 districts of the southern state following the unprecedented monsoon rains that triggered floods and landslips in several places.

21:44 (IST)12 Aug 2018
DMK announces Rs 1 crore flood relief to Kerala govt

DMK Working President MK Stalin has announced a relief of Rs one crore to the Kerala government, on behalf of his party. He also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families. A DMK press statement said, "Unprecedented floods in Kerala have affected many people and has caused damage to properties worth crores. The party's working president M K Stalin has decided to contribute Rs 1 crore to Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund."

On August 9, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami had announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore as a mark of support to the rain-ravaged state.

21:40 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Water level at Idamalayar Dam at 8 pm
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Water level at Idukki reservoir at 9 pm
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Water level at Idukki reservoir at 8 pm
19:50 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Govt urges Centre to sanction special package within four weeks
19:49 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Kerala govt urges Centre to declare calamity as that of 'rare severity'

A detailed memorandum will be submitted as soon as the assessment of the damages is completed, the CM said. He added that the state government has requested the Centre to declare the calamity as that of 'rare severity’ and provide the required funds and assistance.

19:48 (IST)12 Aug 2018
CM requests Centre for additional Rs 400 crore

The CM has requested an amount of Rs 400 crore in addition to the Rs 820 crore already sought for carrying out the immediate relief and rehabilitation. The CM also requested that a central team may be sent again to assess the damages that occurred last week.

19:44 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Preliminary loss around Rs 8,316 crore: Kerala CM

"The impact of the disaster is likely to be felt for a long time. Preliminary assessment indicates that nearly 20,000 houses have been fully damaged and nearly 10,000 km of state PWD roads damaged. The preliminary loss is around Rs 8316 crore," Vijayan said.

19:43 (IST)12 Aug 2018
CM thanks those involved in rescue operations

"CM expressed his gratitude for the expeditious response of the Home Ministry, Defence Ministry, Indian Army, Indian Air force, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force in assisting the state," he tweeted.

19:41 (IST)12 Aug 2018

"Between 9th and 12th of this month, 37 lives have been lost and 5 persons are still missing. So far, 186 lives have been lost in the heavy rainfalls and floods. There had been 211 landslides. Tens of thousands are in the relief camps," the CM said.

19:41 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Damages caused 'enormous': CM Vijayan

"State is in the midst of the second worst flood after 1924 and the heavy rainfall continues unabated. Ten out of the 14 districts are severely affected. Twenty-seven major dam shutters have been opened. The calamities are of rare severity and the damages caused are enormous," the CM said.

19:39 (IST)12 Aug 2018
CM Vijayan thanks Rajnath Singh for 'timely visit'

CM Pinarayi Vijayan submitted a representation to Rajnath Singh during the latter's visit to the state. The CM also expressed gratitude for the minister's timely visit.

18:42 (IST)12 Aug 2018
18:42 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Rajnath announces immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crores
18:41 (IST)12 Aug 2018
Will deploy more forces if required: Rajnath
18:41 (IST)12 Aug 2018

"In order to supplement the efforts of the state government, just before leaving for Kerala I have approved the release the second instalment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the SDRF," the Union minister said.

18:40 (IST)12 Aug 2018

Official sources at the Kerala Disaster Management Authority said the districts of Idukki and Wayanad have sounded a red alert among the eight districts. “The death toll has risen from 29 to 37 in a day. However, today’s death cases were separate incidents of drowning in swollen water bodies. No fresh cases of landslide-related death was reported on Saturday. In the last three days, crops on over 1,430 hectares of land perished in the flood. The exact figure of loss can be assessed only after water subsides,’’ sources said.

The worst-hit Idukki, Ernakulam and Wayanad districts got some relief on Saturday after three consecutive days of torrential rains. The water level in Idukki dam, which has a maximum storage level of 2,403 ft, came down by 1 ft from 2,401 ft on Friday.

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