West Bengal government will contribute Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Chief Ministers relief fund in the wake of the recent rain-fed floods in the southern state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspected the flooded landscape from a helicopter on Saturday and met with the state's top officials, promising more than $70 million in aid.
Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called this current flood "the worst monsoon disaster since 1924".
The army said Sunday that 250 people had been evacuated from Pathanamthitta district, many of them sick after days in the pounding monsoon rain.More news: Kevin Spacey's New Movie Grosses Just $126 on Opening Day
The deadliest deluge in close to a century has claimed 210 lives since August 8 and over 400 since May 29 when the south west monsoon set in over Kerala.
The government's announcement came after the Opposition NCP and the Congress urged Fadnavis to act as a "big brother" and perform "Raj dharma" by financially helping Kerala, coping with a massive natural disaster triggered by heavy rains and landslides. "Please, please!" state legislator Saji Cherian said on a Kerala-based TV news channel, the Indian Express newspaper reported. In another tweet, he said, "flight operations between Bangalore and Cochin Naval airbase will be starting from 20th August morning". These include doctors and paramedics being sent to relief camps.
India has deployed thousands of soldiers and dozens of helicopters to rescue people marooned.
The Indian armed forces are stepping up efforts to rescue those affected. The central public sector undertaking like the NTPC and the PGCIL have been asked to render all possible assistance to the state government in restoring power lines. Officials estimate that more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of roads have been damaged, and one of the state's major airports, in the city of Kochi, has been closed.More news: Court Blocks Trump Administration Delay of Clean Water Rule in 26 States
The BBC's Pramila Krishnan has visited relief camps in flood affected areas and said "Every resident in Kerala has been affected by the floods".
The trains were packed with flood affected people moving to the houses of their friends and relatives. The government also chose to provide textbooks and uniforms free of cost to all students who lost them during the flood.
Amid horrors of the torrential rains, the wedding of a woman inmate today brought cheers to a relief camp in northern Malappuram district.
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"Our life has been destroyed". While the central government has dispatched multiple military units to Kerala, state officials are pleading for additional help.Officials have put initial storm damage estimates at almost $3 billion.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates, where many Keralites work, has also offered assistance to the state. At least 220 bridges have been damaged and 59 were still under water, officials said.