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Central team reviews rain situation in Kerala

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Kochi: A central team, which is here to assess the damage cost in the heavy rain lashing Kerala since the onset of the southwest monsoon, Sunday reviewed the situation this morning.

The seven-member team has divided itself into two groups to visit the rain affected districts from today, official sources said.

While one team will tour the districts of Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam, another would visit Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kozhikode district.

The team headed by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home AffairsVumlungamang had arrived here Saturday to take stock of the rain damage to life and property in the State.

The team comprises officials from Agriculture, Finance, Planning Commission, Rural Development, Road Transport and Highways and Drinking Water and Sanitation.

The teams will complete their visits to the districts on Monday and meet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the State capital on Tuesday.

According to reports, the rains have caused extensive damage in 891 villages, taken the lives of 131 people. The State government has sought an assistance of Rs. 481 crore from the Union government for meeting the losses.

It said that 549 houses had been totally destroyed in the rains and 9,499 houses partially damaged. The State has already spent Rs. 65.84 crore in relief works in various districts.

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