The total amount allocated by Kerala government to various districts in the state in June and July stands at Rs 63.05 crores.

Alappuzha and Kollam districts declared flood-hit farmers to get crop insurance
news Kerala Floods Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 18:56

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority on Thursday declared Alappuzha and Kollam districts as 'flood-hit'.

Declaring that the decision was taken in the State Executive Committee meet of the Authority held on July 25, the press release from the Chief Minister's Office said that the farmers in the two districts are eligible for crop insurance amount. 

"As compensation for the damages caused by the floods, Rs 2.44 crore has been allocated to Alappuzha district in the State Executive meet of the Authority. In this Rs 1.69 crore will be spent for rebuilding the bunds and to remove waterlogging in the affected areas. The Authority also decided that the paddy field committees would be responsible for these activities," said the press release.

The Authority also allocated Rs 35 lakhs for the repair of AC road, which passes through Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. 

Dismissing the allegations on social media about discrimination in allocating flood-relief package to districts as baseless, said that this social media campaign was aimed at spreading misinformation and to misdirect the people.

According to the statement, Alappuzha and Kollam districts have been allocated Rs 19.92 crore and Rs 1.16 crore as flood relief package and the total amount allocated by Kerala government to various districts in the state in June and July stands at Rs 63.05 crores. 

The statement also said that the amount given for repairing roads damaged due to the floods are not added in the flood relief given in June and July.

"The details of the amounts given to districts in June and July would dispel the rumours that some districts in north Kerala were given more money than the districts in south Kerala which were the worst affected in the flood," said the statement. 

"The numbers that are doing the rounds on social media saying that Malappuram district was given 26 crores while the other districts were only allocated 10 crores is not true. These are the costs incurred because of work during the previous years. The amount spent during this year will include the projects that were started during the time of the UDF rule. When a natural disaster happens, it is as per the request by the collectors that each district is allocated money. If there is any balance amount from the previous years, that amount will also be included in the allocation of money," the statement added.

Non-stop rains caused havoc in many districts in Kerala last week. Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha were the worst-affected districts. Around 40 deaths were reported due to rains and the subsequent flooding in these districts.