Financial and other sorts of help is pouring in for Kerala as several state governments have come out offering solidarity with the flood-ravaged state. Political differences seem to have eroded amid the calamity as states ruled by different parties have offered all possible support to the southern state.
Maharashtra offers Rs 20cr
The Maharashtra government announced on Saturday an immediate financial assistance of Rs 20 crore for Kerala. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, through a post on Twitter, said his government is releasing Rs 20 crore as an immediate assistance for Kerala’s flood-affected people.
He said the state government is in constant touch with its Kerala counterpart for its requirements and necessary support since Friday in the wake of devastating floods which have caused large-scale damage in the southern state.
Fadnavis appealed to citizens and organisations to come forward and contribute in all possible ways to help the people of Kerala.
He said the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI) is contributing food packets worth Rs 1.5 crore, while the Rajasthani Welfare Association and the Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) are donating Rs 51 lakh each for the flood-hit population.
Around 11 tonne of dry food is being arranged for the flood-affected people of Kerala, the chief minister said.
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.
Bihar, Andhra donate Rs 10cr
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday extended a financial aid of Rs 10 crore to the flood-ravaged state. Kumar said that he was deeply distressed and saddened by the tragic loss of lives and large scale damage to properties caused by the incessant rains that have been lashing the southern state for the past few days.
No one knows better than the people of Bihar about the miseries caused by natural calamities during flood. I am sending a small contribution of Rs 10 crore from Chief Ministers Relief Fund, Bihar, for relief and rehabilitation works in the flood affected areas, Kumar wrote in a letter addressed to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday spoke to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan over phone about the situation in the rain-hit state and assured him of providing all possible help in this hour of crisis.
A release from the Chief Minister’s Office in Hyderabad said Naidu expressed grief over loss of lives and destruction of property in the monsoon fury.
Naidu assured Kerala that his state was ready to provide all possible help to it in this hour of crisis.
The Andhra Pradesh government had Friday night announced a financial assistance of Rs 10 crore to rain-ravaged Kerala.
Naidu told Vijayan that he would assist in mobilising more financial resources for rehabilitation work in Kerala.
Odisha offers rescue help
Chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has extended a helping hand to Kerala. A 245-member strong team of fire personnel has been rushed to join the relief and rescue operations.
These personnel, led by the chief fire officer, are specialised and experienced in saving the flood victims. The team is equipped with as many as 75 boats and essentials, like breathing apparatus.
Patnaik has also sent a financial aid of Rs. 5 crore to Kerala’s Chief Ministers Relief Fund. Observers are hailing the gesture as at least seven districts of Odisha itself are reeling from flood situation.
TN offers more help
More than 20 lorries carrying relief materials worth Rs 2 crore from all districts in the state was on Saturday flagged off to flood-ravaged Kerala.
With the Chief Minister announcing Rs 5 crore financial assistance to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress fund again, the relief materials collected from all the districts in the states were despatched, Local administration minister, S P Velumani, who flagged off the vehicles here said.
Items like rice, Dal, edible oil, sugar, salt, bread and biscuits and cooking materials, clothings, medicines collected from NGOs and other social organisataions were sent to the Waynad, Malappuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Calicut and Ernakulam, he noted.
Relief materials are being sent from 10 districts including Namakkal, Tirupur, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, and Madurai, the Minister said.
Medical camps are functioning at places bordering Tamil Nadu and Kerala for the benefit of those arriving there, he added.
Food, money from Punjab, Gujarat
The Punjab government dispatched on Saturday truckloads of one lakh packets of relief material to Kerala. The trucks carrying relief material were flagged off by food, civil supplies and consumer affairs minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Ravneet Singh Bittu MP from Guru Nanak Stadium.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has announced Rs 10 crore worth of immediate relief for the flood-ravaged state of Kerala.
The Gujarat government on Saturday announced financial aid of Rs 10 crore for Kerala. “Expressing sensitivity towards people affected by devastating floods in Kerala, chief minister Vijay Rupani has announced Rs 10 crore financial assistance for the state from chief minister’s relief fund,” the government said in a press release.
Haryana, Delhi stand with Kerala
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said that the state government would provide financial assistance of Rs 10 crore to flood affected people and for rescue operations in Kerala.
All AAP MPs, MLAs and ministers will donate one-month salary for the relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala, where 194 people have died.
Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced Rs 10 crore relief for the state from the government.
Kejriwal appealed to the public to make donations to the crisis-hit state. The Delhi chief minister also spoke to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan.
National Conference vice-president and MLA Omar Abdullah on Saturday said he would donate a month’s salary to the relief efforts in Kerala, and appealed to Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra to send some assistance to the southern state.
The deadliest deluge in close to a century has claimed 194 lives in Kerala since August 8, and dealt a body blow to the scenic state, wrecking its tourism industry, destroying standing crops in thousands of hectares and inflicting huge damage to infrastructure.
Prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state, after reviewing the flood situation there