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Flood relief projects for Kuttanad region

The government has announced a raft of flood relief and mitigation projects to be taken up in the Kuttanad region spanning Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts.

The State Cabinet on Wednesday authorised the Chief Secretary to prepare a package of short-term and long-term projects to be submitted to the Central government for financial aid.

The Alappuzha District Collector has been designated special officer for coordination of flood relief activities in the three districts.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said relief activities had been stepped up in 198 villages across the three districts where monsoon triggered flood havoc of unprecedented magnitude.

He said the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) had been asked to come up with a technology-driven integrated flood forecasting system for Kuttanad, taking into account the quantum of rain in the catchment area and the inflow.

The State and district-level bankers’ committees had been asked to provide a moratorium on repayment of agricultural loans availed by farmers in the flood- hit areas.

Multipurpose buildings

The Cabinet approved a proposal to construct multipurpose buildings that could serve as relief shelters in flood-prone areas. Biotoilets and community kitchens powered by solar energy would be built for families displaced by floods.

The meeting resolved to make flood-proof government offices and lifeline structures in Kuttanad by raising the level of the buildings by at least 2 m.

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