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PM surveys Kerala floods, grants Rs. 500-Crore emergency aid
Posted on: 18-08-2018 , 01:03:PM | DY365 Bureau

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 August 18, 2018: 324 people have died and several hundred others injured, as Kerala is battered by the worst floods in a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an aerial survey in Kerala's Kochi this morning, after a short delay due to unfavourable weather conditions. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Earlier in the day, the prime minister held a meeting with the Kerala chief minister and announced an immediate flood relief of Rs. 500 crore for the state. This is in addition to the Rs. 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 12. PM Modi also announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the family of those killed by rain, floods and landslides and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured, from the Prime Minister's National Relief Funds. 

"In Kerala, I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state. Joined a review meeting and undertook an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding. The nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour," PM Modi tweeted after conducting the aerial survey.

Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to relief camps as nearly 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed. Roads have caved in, sections of highways collapsed, and homes swept away amid warnings of worse weather to come.

With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down, and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities warned of more trouble ahead and further deaths to come. More than 30 military helicopters and 320 boats are attempting rescues across Kerala. Heavy rain, accompanied with strong winds have also been predicted for today and tomorrow. "It is an extremely grave situation," the Kerala government said last evening. North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods, with at least 310,000 people displaced. They are taking shelter in more than 2,000 relief camps.

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