Ernakulam tops in rehab: Collector

Rs 12.74 crore given to 1,340 flood-hit families

KOCHI: Ernakulam tops in the state in effectively coordinating flood rehabilitation activities, said district collector Muhammad Y. Safirulla.

While addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said that a total of Rs 12.74 crore has been provided to 1,340 families who lost their houses completely. As many as 2,186 houses were completely damaged in the district while the number of partially damaged houses is 86,341.

A total of 403 families have approached the district administration seeking support to reconstruct their houses. Of them, houses will be constructed for 337 families as part of Care Home project. Steps are afoot to take up construction of the remaining 66 houses as well, said Mr Safirulla.

A 60-member team has been appointed to scrutinise the 30,239 appeals for rebuilding houses submitted by affected families. Ernakulam is the district where highest amount of loans under resurgent Kerala scheme of Kudumbasree Mission, to purchase damaged home appliances, has been distributed. A total of '225 crore has been provided to 41,342 applicants.

Repairing of damaged roads and bridges under Public Works Department is also progressing on a fast pace. Under the PWD Muvattupuzha division '23.93 crore has been allocated to repair 105 repairing works. In Ernakulam division, Rs 20.50 crore has been given for 216 works.

Cleaning of canals and ponds, de-silting drains, restoration of damaged farm lands, reconstruction of cow sheds and well recharging are also being taken up. More than 75 per cent of such works has been completed, added the district collector.

Distribution of compensation to farmers for crop loss, cleaning and repairing of lift irrigation projects, renovation of damaged handloom units in Chendamangalam and financial assistance to dairy farmers are also in final phase.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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