Government today allocated over 89 thousand tonnes of additional food grains to Kerala for flood victims. Briefing media, Food and Public Distribution Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan said that this allocation is apart from 1 Lakh 18 thousand tonnes of food grains which has been provided under the National Food Security scheme. He said, around 5 kilograms of food grain will be provided per person.
The minister said, 80 tonnes of pulses will also be sent everyday to provide relief to the affected people. Mr Paswan said, the allocation will cover the entire population of the state.
Meanwhile Health Minister J P Nadda today said no outbreak of communicable disease has been reported yet from flood hit Kerala and the situation is being monitored on a daily basis. Mr. Nadda said, the strategic Health Operation Centre has been activated and he is in regular touch with the state Health Minister.
Mr. Nadda today held a high level meeting in New Delhi to review the relief measures in Kerala. He said, 12 teams have been constituted to deal with public health issues in the state and the moment the water recedes they will be in action. Ten specialist medical teams have also been constituted.
According to an official release, 65 metric tonnes of essential emergency drugs for flood situation today reached Trivandrum. One crore chlorine tablets have also been sent. The Health Ministry has further mobilized 20 metric tonnes of bleaching powder which is being sent by road.
Additional 40 metric tonnes of bleaching powder are being procured and will reach Kerala soon.
The National Centre for Disease Control has issued several health advisories to support the State in meeting with post-flood public health management when the threat of water borne, vector borne and viral hepatitis diseases will become potent.
As the flood situation in Kodagu in Karnataka is also worsening, one medical team from Bangalore to Kodagu district has also been dispatched there to provide necessary support.