Kerala Rains 2018: Rajnath Singh speaks to CM Pinarayi Vijayan; takes stock of flood situation

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and took stock of the flood situation in the state, officials said. Singh was apprised by Vijayan about the steps being taken by the state government and central agencies to succour the sufferings of the people, a home ministry official said. During his visit to Kerala on Sunday, the home minister had announced a Rs 100 crore immediate assistance to the Kerala government. Over Rs 320 crore has been released by the Centre to Kerala government as calamity relief fund during 2018-19. Allocation of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for 2018-19 was Rs 214 crore of which the central governments share was Rs 160.50 crore and state governments share was Rs 53.50 crore. The balance available in the SDRF account as on April 1, 2018 as reported by the state Accountant General Rs 348.45 crore, another home ministry said. The first instalment of the central share of SDRF for 2018-19, released on July 20, 2018 was Rs 80.25 crore while the corresponding state share was Rs 26.75 crore. The second instalment of the central share of SDRF for 2018-19, released on August 10 was Rs 80.25 crore and the corresponding state share was Rs 26.75 crore. The central government supplements the effort of the Kerala government by providing assistance for relief of immediate nature through the SDRF and National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) as per established procedure, the official said. Floods have hit 14 districts of Kerala in which so far 187 people have lost their lives during this monsoon season so far. 22 people also went missing. Nearly two lakh people have been living in relief camps in Kerala while 14 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 399 rescuers and 34 boats, were deployed in the state