The devastating deluge in Kerala has been categorised by the Centre as a ‘calamity of severe nature’..ever ready to come to its aid.
Several states have also lent a helping hand to the flood-ravaged state.
The Centre is giving relief in collection of duty on imported materials for flood relief apart from IGST.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet that the nation is standing with Kerala in these difficult times.The relief in levies will remain in place till the 31st of December this year.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has announced transfer of her one month’s salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for helping flood victims.
She has appealed to all MPs to do the same even urging them to help Kerala flood victims with their MPLADs funds.
Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said that corporate India is also ready to help Kerala flood victims. His Ministry is facilitating wherever govt help is required.
In his capacity as Civil Aviation Minister, he added that efforts are on to get the Kochi airport up and running as soon as possible.
The nation’s youth is also stepping forward to help Kerala’s flood hit people.
College students have been collecting relief supplies for flood victims under the aegis of National Service Scheme.
In Delhi, students of Sri Venkateswara College collected clothes, food materials and medicines and sent them across to Kerala.
The National Crisis Management Committee also met on Tuesday to the assess the ground situation..Several important decisions were taken in this meeting.
CENTRE STEPS UP HELP TO KERALA
— 600 crore rupees relief announced by the Centre for Kerala was released
— Additional allocation of 90,000 metric tonnes of rice has been at the state’s request by the Centre
— 94% of the state’s telecom towers have been made functional
— Union Health Ministry is supplying 3 crore chlorine tablets, 30 tonnes of bleaching powder & 1.76 lakh sanitary pads
— Action Plan is ready for restoration of power supply in all affected areas
— Adequate number of LPG cylinders and regulators are also being made available
Prevention of any disease outbreak in the aftermath of the floods is a major focus of the Health Ministry. The centre is sending medicines to Kerala to deal with any eventuality.
WORLD LENDS HAND TO KERALA
— Help is also coming in from outside the country with the UAE offering 700 crore rupees for reconstruction & rehabilitation
— Maldives has offered 50,000 US dollars as token relief
— The govt of Thailand has also offered assistance in several ways
— Russian President Vladimir Putin has written to the President & Prime Minister expressing grief over the loss of lives
The Cochin Port Trust has set aside two godowns for free storage of relief material coming in from different parts of the country. A tanker has set sail from Mumbai carrying 50,000 metric tonnes of crude oil to Cochin Port to meet Kerala’s fuel needs.