Kerala is doing its best to recover from the devastating floods that hit the southern state last week. Besides locals assisting in rescue efforts and also providing aid, many have driven into Kerala from other states, including Goa to also offer assistance. Goa has gone even further and has contributed 5 crores to the Kerala relief fund operations.
Goa government contributes 5 crores for Kerala’s rehabilitation
Kerala recently faced devastating floods where many lost their lives. Thousands of others have lost their homes and livelihoods with everything being washed away in the flooding. They will need all the help they can get to rebuild and repair all the homes and infrastructure that was damaged in a week of incessant rainfall.
On Thursday, the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, along with the Goa state government, sanctioned Rs 5 crores as the state’s contribution towards the Kerala chief minister’s distress relief fund. This money is strictly for the rehabilitation of those devastated by the natural calamity that occurred last week.
An official statement released by the CM’s office read, “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has sanctioned ₹5 crores as Goa government’s contribution towards Kerala CM’s relief fund for Kerala flood relief operations. All employees of Goa government and autonomous bodies are expected to voluntarily contribute their one-day salary towards flood relief work in Kerala. Goa stands in solidarity with the people of Kerala.”
This statement was released after the CM’s return from the US where he was undergoing treatment for an ailment.
In the aftermath of the Kerala floods, experts have said that Goa also needs to watch out. By and large, this was a natural disaster but those that have done studies say that the heavy rainfall was only partially to blame for the devastation. Noted ecologist, Madhav Gadgil said that Goa too needs to be careful on the environmental front in order to avoid a repeat of the Kerala floods in our state. Read the story here.