Monsoon Floods Destroyed about Rs 53 Crore crop in State

Published on: 21 Jun, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Agriculture News

21 June 2013

The State has suffered a crop loss of Rs.53 crore in heavy rain and floods this year. Of this, Wayanad district alone accounts for Rs.20 crore. This is bound to increase as the floodwaters recede, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said .

Talking to the media after a special meeting of the Cabinet that discussed natural calamities, he said the Cabinet had decided to make an additional State contribution of Rs.50,000 to the solatium being paid to the dead with Central funds, if the dead person (he or she) was an earning member. Families of earning members will get Rs.2 lakh and others Rs.1.5 lakh, granted by the Centre.

Mr. Chandy said the State would press the Centre again to include sea erosion and death by lightening in the list of calamities eligible for Central assistance. These are calamities over which people have little control. An additional allocation of rice has also been requested from Centre. The Cabinet decided to grant free rations to fishermen and coir workers in coastal areas and tribes during monsoon.


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