Several people across the country have come forward in the past few days to help Kerala residents who are trying to rebuild their lives after witnessing the worst floods of the century. The help has come in all forms — food, medicines, clothes and money.
In a special one-day assembly session, Pinarayi Vijayan said that the chief minister distress relief fund (CMDRF) has received Rs 730 crore in contributions till now.
The amount, collected in around 15 days, is 21.7 per cent more than the central government’s initial grant of Rs 600 crore.
Kerala received 352.2 mm of rain between August 9 and 15 — three times more than the actual prediction, the CM said.
“We must take up projects for rebuilding Kerala,” Vijayan said. He also told the MLAs to discuss and decide whether rehabilitation should be done in the areas which are prone to landslides and floods.
Kerala is estimated to have suffered damages of nearly about Rs 20,000 crore, which analysts say could rise ten-fold.