Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kochi on Saturday to take a note of flood situation turning disastrous across Kerala. PM Modi conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas and has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from PM’s National Relief Funds (PMNRF).
PM Modi has also announced Rs 500 crore as immediate aid for Kerala, in addition to the Rs 100 crore announced earlier.
PM Modi was accompanied by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P. Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons during the aerial survey of flood-affected areas.
Earlier, in a high-level meeting with Kerala officials and CM Vijayan PM Modi had also reviewed the flood situation in Kerala.
The floods in Kerala have been turning calamitous from the last couple of days as already 324 have lost their lives in the state till now.
It is the worst flood situation in 100 years. 80 dams opened and 2, 23, 139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps. In this situation, CM Vijayan urged people to donate and said, “Your help can rebuild the lives of the affected.”
“For the people of Kerala, the road to recovery is going to be a long one. Your help no matter how small will be a step to restore normalcy,” it added.
The rescues operations in Kerala have been going on even in an inclement weather situation and as the reports are trickling in a total of 82,442 rescues were made on Friday.
Around 3, 14,391 people of 70,085 families are safe in 2,094 camps across the state, according to CMO Kerala.
The state highway to Idukki city from Kumily is blocked due to a landslide of which clearance operation underway.
PM Modi reached Kerala on Friday to take stock of the flood situation in the state and was received by Kerala CM Vijayan, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons.