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PM announces Rs 500 crore assistance to flood-hit Kerala

By Team Pardaphash 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today declared that Rs 500 crore financial assistance will be provided for flood-ravaged Kerala where hundreds of people have died, lakhs have been rendered homeless and property.

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The Prime Minister, who flew from Delhi on Friday night, made an aerial assessment of the damage caused by the floods. However, the survey was done only in some of the affected areas due to bad weather.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have caused the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over three lakh people forced to move to some 2,000 relief camps. The aerial survey of the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rains was initially called off due to bad weather.

Following the cancellation, Modi chaired a meeting with Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials and witnessed a video presentation of the widespread destruction across the state.

“The Prime Minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state. This is in addition to Rs 100 crore announced on August 12. He assured the state government that relief materials including foodgrains, medicines would be provided, as requested,” an official statement said.

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