Rescue officials assist villagers out of a flooded area following heavy monsoon rainfall, near Kochi on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018. (PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan again on Thursday. The two leaders discussed the situation in the state.
The Prime Minister also asked the Defence Ministry to further step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. Union minister KJ Alphons will be leaving for Kerala today to coordinate rescue drive between the Centre & the state.
“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan again this morning. We discussed the flood situation in the state. Have asked Defence Ministry to further step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. Praying for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said that the Centre was rushing additional NDRF teams to Kerala.
The Chief minister convened an urgent meeting to evaluate the situation and directed officials to requisition maximum number of lifeboats from Tamil Nadu.
Rescuers evacuate people from a flood-hit locality, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018. (PTI Photo)
The chief secretary was asked to contact neighbouring states for emergency assistance. As the drinking water distribution system collapsed in several parts, CM Vijayan asked people to minimise the use of water being distributed by the state water authority.
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi appealed to people for help people in Kerala by contributing to the chief minister’s relief fund.
“I am deeply concerned for the people of #Kerala tonight, as the flood waters rise. Thousands are stranded. Relief camps full. Many have lost their loved ones. It’s time to step up & help. Please contribute generously to the CM’s relief fund (sic),” he had said on Twitter.
“Kerala is in great pain. I spoke to PM and requested him to massively increase deployment of the Army & Navy. I also said that it is critical that he gives the state special financial assistance as this is a tragedy without parallel in Kerala’s history,” Gandhi said in another tweet.
(With inputs from PTI)