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Aug 20, 2018

NCMC reviews rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas in Kerala

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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) today reviewed the rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas in Kerala at a meeting in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and the Chief Secretary of Kerala participated in the meeting via video conferencing. 

During the meeting, it was informed that there has been less rainfall and floodwater has started receding. Home Ministry in a release said, the department of Consumer Affairs has dispatched 100 tonnes of pulses today. Health Ministry has airlifted 52 tonnes of emergency medicines. Besides, another 20 tonnes of medicines will reach Kerala by tonight. It said, 12 medical teams have also been put on standby and so far no outbreak of disease has been reported.

The Ministry of Power has moved power equipments to restore the distribution network and the Department of Telecom has made operational 77 thousand towers. DoT has operationalised a helpline with number 1948 to help trace missing persons. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has made available 12 thousand kilolitres of Kerosene. 

Home Ministry said, adequate arrangements have been made for distribution of LPG cylinders. Adequate aviation fuel is also made available. Railways have offered to supply required amounts of water and also transport relief material free of cost. 

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