Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has termed the flood situation “very serious” and unprecedented and promised all possible Central assistance to the State.
Singh today conducted an aerial survey of Idukki and Ernakulam districts along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister of State for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan and announced an immediate release of Rs 100 crore will be released. With this the total release as of now would be around Rs 250 crore, he told media persons at the Kochi airport.
Pinarayi told the Minister that a quick assessment of the loss suffered by the State was approximately Rs 8,316 crore and sought immediate assistance of Rs 1,220 crore.
On meeting the financial demands of the State, he said the Centre was awaiting the memorandum and after looking into it would take appropriate action.
Singh said he was all praise for the State in tackling the situation. The country stood with the people of the State. “No stone will remain unturned to mitigate the miseries of the people,” he said. The Centre was extremely sensitive to the problems. In case of the situation demanding, more NDRF teams would be deployed for rescue operations, he added.
Meanwhile, there was some respite for people in Idukki district with the dam level falling to nearly 2,398 ft and downing of shutters will be after assessing the weather conditions.
With the level in the Periyar coming down, people started leaving relief camps to their homes where the receded water had left woes.
In Wayanad, however, there was heavy downpour and one person died after a house collapse. The release of water from Banasura dam without prior warning left people in the lurch.