The Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, on Monday extended help to the flood-hit Kerala and informed that the judges of the Supreme Court will contribute Rs 25,000 each to the Kerala flood relief fund. The apex court bench helmed by the CJI and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud made the observation after Attorney General K K Venugopal referred to the tragedy that has hit southern state.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the aerial survey of the massive loss and destruction triggered by the rains in Kerala and chaired a meeting in Kochi with CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister KJ Alphons and other officials. PM Modi also announced Rs 500 crore as immediate aid for Kerala, in addition to the 100 crore. The governments of different states also announced additional assistance for Kerala. In the same breath, film celebrities too expressed grief over the loss of life and went a step ahead to donated to the Kerala relief fund. They also urged the people of the country to extend their help in whatever way possible.
Earlier, a 9-year-old's gesture towards the victims of the Kerala floods is warming the hearts of many. Anupriya from Vizhuppuram, Tamil Nadu has been saving Rs 5 for a bicycle, for quite a while now, but once she saw and heard about the condition of people in Kerala, she decided to donate her money that she was collecting over the years in her five piggy banks that now totally amounted to Rs 9,000 to Kerala relief.
After a week of fierce downpours, rainfall eased Monday and flood levels have fallen in many districts. Army helicopters and boats kept up missions to find trapped survivors and drop food and water in isolated villages. Following a torrential downpour that caused heavy flooding in the state of Kerala since the past few weeks, has caused immeasurable loss to lives and property. Close to 370 lives have been lost in the state due to the floods. With nearly three quarters of a million people packed into relief camps in the southern state, known for its tourist beaches and hill resorts, authorities also fear outbreaks of disease.
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