Kerala seeks Rs 4,700 crore as compensation for flood damage

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Sep 2018 08:49:17



THE Kerala Government on Thursday sought Rs 4,700 crore as compensation from the Central Government for the damage caused by the recent floods, termed as the worst in a century, officials said. At least 488 people have died in Kerala due to the rains and floods this monsoon, which hit 14 districts of the State. The Kerala Government has sent a memorandum to the Home Ministry giving details about the loss of human life, properties, infrastructure and crops and sought about Rs 4,700 crore as compensation, a senior Government official said.

In case of any natural calamity beyond the coping capacity of a State, the State Government submits a detailed memorandum indicating sector-wise details of damage and requirement of funds for relief operations of immediate nature. Accordingly, the Kerala Government sent the memorandum, the official said. As per the existing guidelines, the Central Government will soon send an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) for on-the-spot assessment of damage and additional requirement of funds.