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Kerala to get ₹3,048 crore as flood relief

A file photo of submerged houses in Palakkad, Kerala, during the recent rain and floods.

A file photo of submerged houses in Palakkad, Kerala, during the recent rain and floods.   | Photo Credit: K. K. Mustafah

A High Level Committee, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Thursday approved the additional assistance of ₹3048.39 crore to Kerala, ₹131.16 crore to Nagaland and ₹539.52 crore to Andhra Pradesh, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

The Kerala government had sought ₹4,700 crore as compensation from the Central government for the damage caused by the floods, which was termed as the worst in a century.

At least 488 people died in Kerala due to the rains and floods this monsoon, which hit 14 districts of the State.

The meeting of the Committee was held to consider the additional Central assistance to Kerala, Nagaland and Andhra Pradesh, which were affected by floods, landslips and Cyclone Titli, respectively.

In case of any natural calamity beyond the coping capacity of a State, the State government submits a detailed memorandum indicating sector-wise details of damage, and the requirement of funds for relief operations of an immediate nature, another official said.

According to existing guidelines, the Central government sends an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) for an on-the-spot assessment of damage and additional requirement of funds.

The IMCT report is considered by the Sub-Committee of the National Executive Committee (SC-NEC) headed by the Union Home Secretary in conformity with the norms, and then by a high-level committee, chaired by the Home Minister for approving the quantum of additional assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

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