Central team to visit flood-hit areas in Kerala from August 7

The Central team is slated to hold discussions with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan in Thiruvananthapuram on August 9.

A team of officials from the Union Government will arrive here on August 7 to visit flood-affected areas in the state and assess the extent of damage.

The seven-member team headed by A.V. Dharma Reddy, Joint secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs is scheduled to tour flood-hit areas from August 8 and interact with Ministers and officials from the State government and the district administration. Government sources said the itinerary was being finalised in consultation with the Ministry.

The Central team is slated to hold discussions with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan here on August 9.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chandrasekharan is scheduled to preside over a meeting at Alappuzha on Thursday afternoon to discuss relief activities in the areas that had undergone inundation following the heavy monsoon rains.

Following a request by the State government, a Central delegation headed by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had visited some of the flood-battered areas in Kerala last month to make an assessment of the situation. The government, at that time, had sought an assistance of ₹831.10 crore as flood relief assistance from the Centre.

Rounding off the visit, Mr. Rijiju had informed the government that a team of officials would be deputed to carry out a detailed assessment of the damage to crops, property and infrastructure during the first phase of the south west monsoon.

The State government is seeking a waiver of norms for Kerala to avail of more Central assistance to tackle the flood situation.

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