Kerala needs 27,000 crore to rebuild, says a UN reporttext_fields
Thiruvanthapuram: A UN report puts the total funds required for rebuilding the flood-ravaged Kerala at Rs 27,000 crore.
The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report says the state would require the fund in the next five years.
The figures comes close to the government’s tentative estimation of Rs 20,000-25,000 crore, which the government later on upwardly revised to Rs 38,000 crore.
Dr Henk Bekedam, UN acting resident coordinator and World Health Organisation (WHO) India head, submitted the report to Chief Secretary Tom Jose on Thursday.
Areas to be in need of fund include roads and bridges (Rs 8,554 crore), housing(Rs 5,659 crore), fisheries(Rs 4,499 crore), livelihood restoration(Rs 3,903 crore), irrigation(Rs 1,484) and water and sanitation (Rs 1,331 crore).
The UN report wants Kerala to be transformed into the country's first green state, which is both environment-friendly and disaster-literate.