Considering the magnitude of the damages caused by flash floods in Kerala, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced an additional relief of Rs five crore to Kerala.
Already, expressing concern over the havoc played by unprecedented floods in certain districts of Kerala, the TN CM announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore to that State.
Meanwhile, Palaniswami will tomorrow visit flood hit areas in Erode and will present relief assistance to the rain affected victims.
Recently, Palaniswami responded to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assuring that there was no threat to the safety of the Mullaiperiyar Dam.
In his letter to Vijayan, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister further said that the water in the dam was being stored at the permitted level of 142 feet as per the orders issued by the Supreme Court.
“I would like to state that the Mullaiperiyar Dam is in safe in all aspects hydrologically, seismically and structurally as per the Supreme Court order on May 7, 2014. During the past, the dam was inspected by many experts, on several occasions, and they had also found that the dam was safe in all aspects,” Palaniswami said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Kerala on Friday and discussed the flood situation with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor P Sathasivam. Later, he also announced Rs 500 crore relief for the people there taking a helicopter ride.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi today asked Prime Minister to declare Kerala floods as national disaster. In a tweet, he said, ‘Dear PM, Please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay. The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake (sic).’