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Kerala floods: PM Modi resumes aerial survey of flooded Kochi after aborted first attempt

Aug 18, 2018 17:44 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an interim relief of Rs 500 crore for Kerala after holding a high-level meeting with state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials on Saturday. After the meeting, the Prime Minister conducted an aerial survey of the flooded area. Earlier he had to call off the survey as his chopper was called back minutes after it took off amid heavy rains . Torrential rains have battered God’s own country since August 8, leaving over 200 people dead in landslides and floods in what is the worst natural disaster to hit the state in a century. Out of the total casualties, 150 are said to have lost their lives in the last two days. (HT Correspondent)