Kerala flood relief: Centre approves Rs 3,048 cr as additional assistance

First Published 6, Dec 2018, 7:11 PM IST
Kerala flood relief Centre approves Rs 3,048 cr as additional assistance
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The Central government had earlier sanctioned Rs 600 crore as financial aid. The additional amount was sanctioned for the development of basic infrastructure facilities and for the development of roads
 

New Delhi: Kerala is sailing back to normalcy in the aftermath of the recent floods that ravaged the state. On Thursday, the Central government has decided to sanction Rs 3,048 crore as an additional financial aid for the state.

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The decision was taken by a committee headed by Union home minister Rajnath Singh. The calamity of the flood has caused immense pain and destruction to the state.

The additional assistance will be given from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), the officials said.

As Kerala suffered one of its worst-ever calamities with heavy rain and floods, the state has received support, solidarity and help from all corners of the world.

Kerala is treading the path to normalcy in the aftermath of the recent floods. The calamity of the flood has caused undue pain and destruction. Hundreds of lives were lost in the deluge. Thousands of homes were totally destroyed and many more were partially damaged.

The Central government had earlier sanctioned Rs 600 crore as financial aid. The additional amount was sanctioned for the development of basic infrastructure facilities and for the development of roads.

The Kerala government had sought Rs 4,700 crore as compensation from the Union government for the damage caused by the floods, which was termed as the worst in a century.

At least 488 people died in Kerala due to the rains and floods this monsoon, which hit 14 districts of the state.

The meeting of the committee was held to consider the additional central assistance to Kerala, Nagaland and Andhra Pradesh, which were affected by floods, landslides and cyclone 'Titli', respectively.

Those who attended the meeting include finance minister Arun Jaitley, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of the ministries of home affairs, finance and agriculture.

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