Kerala suffers loss of Rs 35,000 cr in flood havoc
Thiruvananthapuram: As per unofficial statistics, Kerala has suffered a loss of about Rs 35,000 crore in the flood havoc. This amount is much larger than the annual outlay of the government.
Apart from the central schemes, the outlay for this fiscal year is Rs 29,150 crore. When central schemes also are added, this will amount to Rs 37,248 crore.
The government sources said that the loss due to the flood may reach up to this amount. The death toll has touched 302 since August 8. About 4,62,456 persons are still staying in flood relief camps.
Presently, about 1435 camps have been opened and most of them are functioning in schools. The schools will be reopened on Wednesday.
The government has decided to relocate the relief camps functioning in schools to other places. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed to take buildings for rent for this purpose.
It has to be checked if the vacant houses can be used. Also it has been directed to clean schools where no relief camps are functioning within two days.
The decisions were taken at a high level meeting convened under the leadership of the chief minister to assess the situations.
The chief minister informed that more than 3 lakh flooded houses were cleaned by the time.
Carcasses of 3.64 lakh birds, 3285 big animals and 14,274 small animals were buried. The chief minister also directed to bury the remaining carcasses as early as possible.
The places to gather non-biodegradable waste should be found by the local bodies. The collected waste should be handed over to Clean Kerala company.
If the company is incapable to manage the waste all by themselves, they can seek help of other agencies, the chief minister said.