Friday 17 August 2018 12:18 AM UTC
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Aug 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Kerala and undertake an aerial survey of the flood ravaged areas on Saturday, Union Minister K J Alphons yesterday said.
PM Modi was expected to reach Kochi today after attending the funeral of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he told reporters.
The funeral of Mr Vajpayee, who passed away yesterday, has been scheduled for 4 pm today in Delhi.
After an overnight stay at Kochi, the Prime Minister will undertake an aerial survey of the flood affected areas on Saturday, Mr Alphons said.
PM Modi has already been in touch with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and had assured all assistance.
The prime minister has taken a “positive stand” towards the state on relief measures, Mr Vijayan had said on Wednesday after he spoke to him for the second time in the past few days.
Kerala has been ravaged by unprecedented floods following torrential rains that also triggered landslides, claiming 97 lives since August 8 besides disrupting air, rail and road traffic in several places.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on August 12 undertook an aerial survey of the floot-hit regions and announced an immediate central assistance of Rs. 100 crore to the state for relief works.
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