As Kerala struggles to combat the shortage of drinking water, the Telangana CM also asked officials to dispatch Reverse Osmosis machines worth Rs 2.5 crore.

Telangana stands with Kerala KCR announces Rs 25 crore aid for flood-hit state
news Kerala Floods Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 07:54

The Telangana government on Friday announced financial assistance of Rs 25 crore to the flood-hit state of Kerala.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed Chief Secretary SK Joshi to ensure that this amount reached Kerala immediately.

As Kerala struggles to combat the shortage of drinking water, he asked officials to dispatch Reverse Osmosis (RO) machines worth Rs 2.5 crore.

KCR also appealed to industrialists, businessmen and IT companies to come forward and help Kerala.

According to a statement from the Chief Minister's office, if donations are given to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, arrangements will be made to send them to Kerala.

"It is the responsibility of Telangana people to come to that state's rescue," KCR said.

The Telangana CM also expressed deep sorrow on the loss of life and property, and expressed the hope that Kerala will return back to normalcy at the earliest. 

The Telangana government said that it was ready to extend any necessary help to the state of Kerala.

Additionally, the CMO in a statement said, "Telangana Foods (a state govt enterprise) is despatching 100 metric tonnes of ‘Balamrutham’ (nutritious food manufactured especially for children) costing Rs 52.5 lakh to Kerala to feed the flood-stranded children of Kerala." 

The food stock will be airlifted by a Defence Aircraft from Begumpet Airport on Saturday morning at around 7:30 am.

 
 

Earlier in the day, Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao also shared a link where people could donate to rebuild the state and tweeted, "Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, many lives lost and several lakh people are in about 1,500+ relief camps. Your help can rebuild the lives of the affected."

The help extended by Telangana comes even as the Andhra Pradesh government also extended help to Kerala. 

Taking to Twitter, Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced that the state will contribute Rs 5 crore for the relief work in Kerala.

"Have been receiving updates about areas affected badly by floods in Kerala. Taking all measures to help those stranded by floods and contributing Rs 5 cr for relief work. Help the victims and donate to Kerala's Distress Relief Fund," Naidu tweeted.

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