The Centre on Tuesday, August 20 approved financial aid of Rs 4432 crores to Odisha, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh for flood relief in the states.
The Home Ministry in a statement said that a high-level committee, headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has approved assistance of Rs 3338.22 crore to Odisha in the aftermath of cyclone Fani, Rs 1029.39 crore to Karnataka for drought and Rs 64.49 crore to Himachal Pradesh for avalanches and hailstorms during 2018-19. The funds will be disbursed from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
During 2018-19, the Centre had released Rs 9,658 crore to all states. In 2019-20 it released Rs 6,104 crore to 24 states from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), the statement read.
Kerala Not Flood Affected?
At least 121 people died in flood-hit Kerala according to a state-wide calamity report issued by the government. Malappuram district saw the highest number of deaths at 58, followed by Kozhikode and Wayanad.
Kerala: Death toll in flood-related incidents rises to 121. 40 people injured, 21 still missing. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/FchLlaiG98
— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2019
More than a lakh volunteers actively carried out cleaning work in flood-hit villages in the northern districts of the state.
However, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac pointed out that the state was missing from the list of those who have been provided with financial aid for flood relief. “ Home Ministry approves 4432 crores from NDRF for the flood-affected states. Share of Kerala, the worst affected, is zero!” he tweeted.
Not withstanding floods, Kerala will celebrate Onam .₹10,000 to the flooded households to be distributed by 7th September. Distribution of ₹2,200 crores to 53 lakh welfare pensioners will start this month. Bonus and festival allowances declared for public employees. Happy Onam!
— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) August 21, 2019
Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha chaired a high-level meeting of top officials and reviewed the flood situation in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Delhi on August 20.
IMCT To Review Situation
The committee has decided that the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) will be constituted immediately in the aftermath of any natural calamity. The team will be responsible for visiting the affected areas in the state to have a first-hand assessment of damages caused and relief work to be carried out by the state administration.
Maharashtra Most Affected
Poll bound Maharasthra witnessed the highest release of Rs 3150 crores for rescue and relief, of which 676 crores were released through the SDRF while the Centre contributed Rs 2474 through its NDRF. The death toll of Maharashtra was the highest amongst all the flood-affected states.
As many as 1300 people lost their lives and over 60,000 villages were affected across the country due to flood since the onset of the monsoon from June.
Flood Scare In Northern India
While the southern states of Karnataka and Kerala still remain affected, northern India is now bracing for floods with the Yamuna crossing the danger mark on Tuesday. Over 38 deaths have been reported from various parts of North India with Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Jammu worst affected while the national capital has been warned of heavy rains.
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