Monsoon Havoc in Kerala Damaged a lot this Year

Published on: 12 Aug, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Weather News

10 August 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala has sought special financial assistance of Rs. 5660 crore in view of losses caused by monsoon-related calamities in the State.In a request made to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday evening, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the calamity had affected 1049 of the 1634 villages in the State.

The Chief Minister sought Rs. 3090 for ‘Disaster Resilient Idukki’ package, Rs. 300 crore for insurance scheme for coastal erosion and lighting affected communities, Rs. 2170 for repair of damaged roads and bridges and Rs. 100 crore for equipping the State Disaster Response Force.

Mr. Chandy noted that 175 persons had been killed in monsoon related calamities this season including 16 killed in landslips between August 4 and 7. Besides, 35 persons had been killed by lightening. More than 60000 dwelling units were fully or severely damaged. More than 50 per cent of the roads had also been damaged severely.

The package for disaster resilient Idukki proposes construction of 1000 km of landslide-resilient roads and bridges (PWD and village roads) at a cost of Rs. 2000 crore. Besides, construction of 10000 disaster-resilient houses for affected people, tribals and BPL communities are to be taken up at a cost of Rs. 600 crore.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/rain-havoc-kerala-seeks-rs-5660-cr/article5009803.ece

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