Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to submit a revised memorandum to the Centre, seeking financial aid to take up drought related works.

"The state had requested Rs 1468.31 crore in the first memorandum submitted to the Agriculture Ministry in September. The revised memorandum will be submitted in a week," Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said at a meeting with a Central team which visited drought hit areas in the state.

Financial aid was sought for Idukki, Wayanad, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts for supplying drinking water, maintaining health,drinking water distribution projects, repair works, utilizing groundwater, loss in areas of agriculture and animal husbandry.

Chandy said the team was convinced of the serious situation in Kerala due to drought.

The team, headed by Joint Secretary, Central Agriculture department, visited drought hit regions in two groups and took stock of the situation.

An official release said the team was convinced of the loss in power generation due to depleted water level in dams and added that the state has recorded the lowest amount of rainfall in the past seven years.

Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Palakkad districts will have to be declared drought hit if the present situation continued, it said.


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