It is greatly remorseful how ‘God’s Own Country’ has become a site of death, distress, loss and separation. The panic-stricken state is still not under complete control as The Indian Meteorological Department predicts more rain for the next 48 hours. The death toll has risen to a sorrowful count of 324 while more than 1 lakh people are staying in relief camps. Rescue operations, the supply of food and other aids are being carried out tactfully but everything seems very less in comparison to the devastations.
The following measures and aids are already in the process of execution:
- After an aerial survey, PM Narendra Modi has announced Rs 500 crore as aid and relief for the sufferers.
- Rs 2 crore has been donated by The State Bank of India to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).
- An aid of Rs 10 crore for Kerala has been announced by Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also granted Rs 10 crore towards relief.
- 1,300 life jackets, 1,000 raincoats, 1,300 gumboots, 1,200 ready-to-eat meals, 1,500 food packets, 25 motorised boats and nine non-motorised boats have been provided by the Defence Ministry.
- Southern Railway has dispatched 7 BRN wagons with syntax tanks carrying 2.8 lakh litre of drinking water from Tamil Nadu’s Erode.
- TheUnited Arab Emirates under control of Sheikh Khalifa has formed a committee to help flood-hit areas of Kerala.
Several other measures are also in progress to help the people of Kerala and cope with this national crisis that has put millions of lives, livelihood and future at stake.