Gujarat Floods: PM Modi Announces Rs 500 Crore Aid, Rs 2 Lakh Ex-Gratia To Kin Of Deceased

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| July 26 , 2017 , 08:28 IST

As the death toll due to the Gujarat floods reached 83 with 9 more deaths being reported on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an aerial survey of the afflicted areas and announced a relief package of Rs 500 crore for the flood-affected districts and an ex-Gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased. Also, Rs 50,000 has been announced for those seriously injured in the floods.

PM Modi accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel flew over the flood-ravaged areas of North Gujarat from where authorities have relocated more than 36,000 people to safer areas. Around 1,600 people have been rescued since Monday with the help of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and National Disaster Response personnel.

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After the aerial survey, PM Mod added that a team of the Union Urban Development and Rural Development ministries would also be sent to Gujarat to assess the extent of damage due to floods and suggest short-term and long-term solutions.

At the Ahmedabad airport, PM Modi said to reporters, "In such situations, it is the farmers who suffer the most. Insurance companies may be advised to quickly organise assessment of damage to crops and assets of farmers and initiate immediate steps to settle the claims."

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"Even if we expect more rainfall, relief work will be further intensified," said PM Modi.

Due to the floods, major roads and train routes have also been hampered. At least 20 trains on the Mumbai-Delhi route have been affected with 11 trains being canceled as the railways' tracks washed off near Palanpur. Around 915 buses were also canceled as major roads connecting north Gujarat were damaged.