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Rajnath to visit flood-hit Kerala tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit tomorrow to take stock of the situation in the southern state.

Singh, accompanied by Tourism MinisterK J Alphonsand senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs, will visit the floods and landslides affected areas, a statement said.

He will review the search, rescue and relief measures taken by the government and central government agencies with Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers of the state government, the besides the senior officers of the central agencies and the state administration, the statement said.

In a telephonic conversation yesterday, Singh had assured Vijayan all central help to the to deal with the rains and floods.

During the current South-West monsoon season, various parts of the reported to have been affected by heavy rains and rain-oriented calamities of varying degrees.

As many as 14 teams of NDRF consisting of 404 rescuers and 31 boats were already deployed in various parts of flood-hit districts -- Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayand, Kozhikode and Idukki to assist the in the relief and rescue operation as well as distribution of essential relief material and to provide medical support to affected people at the time of emergency.

So far, the NDRF teams have rescued seven people and evacuated 398 others and 12 livestock, the statement said.

In view of possible inundation, NDRF teams are kept on standby in vulnerable locations and keeping close vigil over the development of situation.

Additional teams are also kept as standby at nearest at Arrakonnam in and will be mobilised, if required. Director General, NDRF is supervising the ongoing rescue operations.

Besides the NDRF, adequate columns of Army, Navy and Coast Guard, of Indian Air Force, Navy and are deployed in Kerala for assisting the in lifting and dropping of essential commodities.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 19:40 IST
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