Central Govt Panel to visit Kerala and Uttarakhand to assess rain damages

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs will right away send Inter-Ministerial Central Teams  to Kerala and Uttarakhand to assess the damage caused by heavy rain and floods to standing crops and infrastructure, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

The panel will visit the flood-hit areas in these two states and make on the spot assessment after which they will submit a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs, following which the Ministry will allocate Central assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund, the officials added.

Kerala and   Uttarakhand witnessed flood situations due to heavy rains and have caused substantial damage to standing crops and infrastructure, while West Bengal and Odisha also faced a similar situation with less damage and casuality. massive rains occurred on October 17 which lashed the hilly state for five days, killing at least 64 persons while 3,500 people have been rescued and more than 16,000 others were evacuated to safer places.

In case of Uttarakhand, the union government had recently approved Rs 250 crore, and also an additional Rs 749.60 crore was released to the state, the officials said. The Uttarakhand government has estimated the total damage at Rs 7,000 crore and will send a report to the Centre to seek financial assistance from it.

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