Kerala floods should be declared as national calamity:CM

States and Centre should come forward to help Kerala: CM

Amaravati:Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said both the Central and state governments should provide an helping hand to flood affected Kerala state. He said the Central govt should declare it as a national calamity and it was not correct to keep quiet after sanction Rs 600 cr. It was the responsibility of all to restore normalcy in Kerala.

Speaking to media persons at secretariat here today, the Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh extended assistance of  nearly Rs 50 cr through all means including financial help, donations in cash and kind. He said that he spoke to Kerala Chief Minister twice and announced Rs 10 cr financial help. In addition as per the request of Kerala CM 2000 mt of rice would  be supplied to Kerala at a cost of Rs 6 cr. The IAS, IPS, IFS officers association and AP secretariat employees association and NGOs associations and several other organisations came forward to donate one day wage towards  flood relief in Kerala. He said MPs and MLC are donating one month basic salary towards Kerala flood relief besides MPLads funds.

The Chief Minister said AP has been receiving heavy rainfall for the past few days.  He said Kunavaram in EG district received 275.7 mm rain fall in past 24 hours. He said East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Visakha district were affected with heavy rainfall and floods. He said 16 relief camps were set up and 6330 people were shifted to relief camps in Eluru, Kovvur, Narasapur and Kukkunur. Medical camps were set up in flood affected regions.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to be alert and monitor the flood situation continuously to prevent loss of life and property.

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