New Delhi, August 12: Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, calling the Kerala floods as "unprecedented", said that the floods have caused huge damage in India's southern state. The External Affairs minister, in some relief to those affected by floods, added that passports damaged on account of floods, shall be replaced free of charge.
Swaraj tweeted asking all those who had lost their passport, to contact the concerned Passport Kendras. Check the minister's tweet below:
There are unprecedented floods in Kerala causing huge damage. We have decided that as the situation becomes normal, passports damaged on account floods shall be replaced free of charge. Please contact the concerned Passport Kendras. #KeralaFloods Pls RT
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 12, 2018
In another significant development, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister of Tourism, KJ Alphons, conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected regions of the state on Sunday and announced Rs 100 crore relief package for flood hit Kerala.
Kerala is reeling under its worst floods ever after days of unrelenting rains. For the first time in the state's history, all the five gates of the Idukki dam have been opened, so as to release as much water as possible. 11 out of the 14 districts have been hit badly by floods, and red alert has been declared for the coming four days.