Odisha IAS and IPS officers contribute one day salary to Kerala flood victims


Bhubaneswar: The IAS and IPS officers serving in Odisha have decided to contribute one day salary to the flood affected people of Kerala.

“Our heart goes out to the people of Kerala whose spirit of hope could not be diminished by the floods that have wreaked havoc. We empathize with them in this hour of need and express our solidarity,” read a press note of the IPS Association of Odisha.

As per the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala is facing its worst floods in 100 years. 80 dams have been opened, 324 lives have been lost and 2, 23,139 people have been evacuated to about 1500+ relief camps. In terms of property damage, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 as per an initial assessment.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced an additional financial assistance of Rs 5 crores for the flood-ravaged Kerala.

That apart, the CM said that 500 metric tonnes of polythene sheets worth Rs 8 crore would be sent to Kerala which is facing the worst flooding in nearly a century.

Patnaik said that people of Odisha stand by the flood affected people of Kerala at this hour of severe distress. He expressed deep condolences for the lost of lives in the devastating flood.

He has further directed the Relief Commissioner of Odisha to remain in touch with the authorities and extend all possible help to the people from Odisha stranded in Kerala. Labour Department of Odisha has already sent officials to Kerala to ensure the safety of Odia labourers affected by floods.

August 16, Patnaik had announced Rs 5 crore assistance for the flood-hit Kerala. Patnaik had talked to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan over the telephone following which the financial assistance was announced.

The state government on Saturday sent a special team of fire service personnel armed with adequate modern equipment to assist in the rescue and relief operations in flood-ravaged Kerala.

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