Kerala cannot declare drought: Govt to provide relief
Thiruvananthapuram: Drought cannot be declared in the state despite increasing temperature and scarcity of water. The weather change in Kerala hasn’t become worse as per the criteria mentioned for declaring drought.
The cabinet meeting on Wednesday will discuss the ways to bring relief to the victims of sunstroke and sunburns. The state will seek permission of election commission for this. Extreme alert warning will be issued in the state considering the intensifying temperature and instances of sunstroke. Decision will also be taken on the actions that are to be prioritized by different departments. Though drought cannot be declared, the government can announce relief activities considering it as a state disaster.
The government has announced sunstroke and sunburns as state disaster. It has also declared a compensation up to Rs 4 lakh for the families of those who died of sunstroke. Those who need treatment for one week will get Rs 12700 and days of treatment below that will get Rs 4300. The compensation will be given on the basis of post-mortem report or doctor’s certificate.
3 persons have died this year due to sunstroke. More than 200 people suffered sunburns. The government has decided to provide compensation to all.
Drought cannot be declared due to intensifying heat and scarcity of drinking water. The central government has specified some criteria for this. There should be a steady decline in the amount of rainfall till December during the last year. But, Kerala had witnessed the devastating floods. There is no serious decline in the amount of groundwater. A significant change was not noticed in the green cover in Kerala too. The disaster management authority has said that these are the major criteria being considering while declaring drought.
Scarcity of water has intensified in Kerala. The government has instructed the local self-governments to face this. The district collector will give money if the local self-governments fails to find the revenue. Rs 50 lakh each was given to district collectors for this.
Rs 100 cr additional expenditure
Kerala has to spend an additional amount of Rs 100 cr including drinking water distribution in the scorching summer. Medical help and financial assistance should also be given for those who are affected by sunstroke.
Electricity consumption 8.42 cr units
The electricity consumption has increased breaking all records. Kerala has used 8.42 cr units of electricity on Monday when an increase of 4 degrees was reported. It has crossed the record of 8.31 cr units on March 19.