Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced an immediate financial assistance of Rs 10 crore to the rain-battered Kerala on Sunday,noticing the flood situation in the state.This comes after CM faced criticism for her tweet on Saturday regarding the flood situation in Kerala. Within 24hours she has made this important announcement for contributing in Kerala’s relief fund in order to help the flood-stricken people of the south eastern state.
Meanwhile, Kerala has been receiving financial aid from various state governments across the country. Andhra Pradesh has promised aid of Rs 5 crore, Delhi government Rs 10 crore, Karnataka Rs 10 crore, Odisha Rs 5 crore, Punjab Rs 10 crore, Tamil Nadu Rs 10 crore, Telangana Rs 25 crore, Haryana Rs 10 crore,SBI has donate Rs 2 crores and many other state governments have followed suit. At this time of crisis all the states have extended help for the distressed people of Kerala.The south eastern state is also receiving relief from other countries too. And in this case only a condolence tweet for the flood victims on Saturday by Mamata has made her the subject of criticism once again.This has also created a buzz on twitter. Question was also raised at her silent attitude. Finally breaking her silence the chief minister announced an immediate financial assistance of Rs 10 crore to the rain-battered Kerala.
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My heart goes out to the people of Kerala battling #KeralaFloods In this hour of crisis, to stand beside the flood-affected people of Kerala, we have decided to make a contribution of Rs Ten Crore to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund 1/2
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 19, 2018
The IMD has put off red alert in Kerala for the first time since August 8. It has issued orange alert in Ernakulam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta with a heavy rainfall forecast.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was taken by helicopter over inundated farmland and villages, pledged Rs. 500 crore in central aid and promised more helicopters, boats and other equipment needed to expand the rescue operation in the still unfolding emergency. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has called it the worst floods in a century in Kerala, however said the state needed at least Rs. 2,000 crore in immediate assistance. The Kerala chief minister has urged all to contribute generously to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
Words alone are not enough. Yet I must tell all my brothers and sisters of Kerala that our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones. Strength to those who are fighting the #KeralaFloods
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 18, 2018
The death toll has reached 370 in flood-hit Kerala as two more deaths were reported on Sunday morning. More than 2 million people have evacuated. The disaster management team is still working.