In addition to the Rs 100 crores granted by Home Minister Rajnath Singh last week, the Prime Minister announced additional relief of Rs 500 crores. Financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of deceased individuals and Rs 50,000 to seriously injured victims would be provided. This allocation would be made from the PM’s National Relief Fund.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan had said on Friday that heavy rains, floods, and landslides had killed a total of 324 people since May. More than 82,000 people were rescued on Friday as several rescue organisations moved people from flooded areas to relief camps.
PM Modi took an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the state to assess the destruction and check the rehabilitation methods employed by the administration.
The Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and 57 NDRF teams have been deployed to conduct search and rescue operations in Kerala. Five companies of BSF, CISF and RAF teams, a total of 38 helicopters and 20 aircraft are also being used to ferry resources to the flood affected areas.
The Finance Ministry has asked public sector general insurance companies and LIC to expedite claims reported in flood-ravaged Kerala. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has issued guidelines regarding both life and non-line insurance claims.