Published On: Sun, Aug 19th, 2018

300,000 Hectares Worth Crops Destroyed In Kerala Flood

It was rains and lots of rain in Indian state of Kerala for about past one week and bring worst flood, neck-deep water, in about 100 years.

Vehicles are submerged in the rising waters of river Yamuna in New Delhi

There were massive landslides and floods failed to discriminate between people and property. More than 300 people lost their lives and about 300,000 hectares worth of crops were destroyed. Total lost to the state and people stands at Rs 19,512 crore.

Last time such flood erupted in Kerala was in 1924 in which more than 1,000 people lost their lives. The state then became hapless with 3,368 mm of rain.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveyed the affected areas on Friday and sanctioned Rs 500 crore as relief to Kerala. He announced kin of the deceases would be given Rs 2 lakh each and Rs 50,000 to those who are seriously injured.

Earlier this week Delhi announced Rs 100-crore assistance to Kerala following an aerial survey conducted by Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

Several banks operating in the state have announced waiving off fees, charges on banking transactions for the people.

Kerala chief ministers Pinarayi Vijayan said the state is facing its worst flood in 100 years.

Meanwhile, Vijayan has also raised concerns about safety of the Mullaperiyar dam.

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam urged people not to believe the rumors on social media that the dam has developed some cracks. The reservoir can still store water up to 142 feet and it is very safe.

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- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at knowledgeherald@gmail.com

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