With floods taking a heavy toll in four states particularly in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday sanctioned ex-gratia relief of Rs. 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the deluge.

“The Prime Minister is grieved to learn about the loss of life due to the recent floods in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra,” a PMO spokesman said.

Singh has sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh each from the PM’s National Relief Fund to the next of kin of the deceased, he said.

At least 252 people lost their lives in floods in AP and Karnataka.

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