Queen Elizabeth sent a message to the President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday, 22 August. The Queen said she was saddened to learn of the devastation and the loss of life and property due to Kerala floods.
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“Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened to learn of the devastation and loss of life caused by heavy rain and floods across Kerala”.
The actual message from the Queen read;
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have lost loved ones, those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected by flooding across India, and the valiant rescue efforts to help all those in need,” it further said.
The Southernmost state of India, Kerala, on Tuesday, sought a Rs 2,600 crore special package from the Centre. The state though struggled to find its feet after the devastating deluge that left 231 dead in a fortnight and displaced over 14 lakh people.
Chief Minister of the state Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a meeting of the state cabinet. After which they decided to seek the special package under the centrally-sponsored schemes. These schemes include the flagship rural employment programme ie MNREGS.
Queen Elizabeth on many previous occasions has delivered an emotional but strong message. These messages clearly make a statement and give us an idea of her strong character.
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As the cabinet took stock of the havoc caused by the unprecedented floods in a century, the Centre released Rs 600 crore to Kerala and decided to waive customs duty and GST on the relief materials being imported for the affected people.
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An all-party meeting extended unstinted support for the government’s relief and rehabilitation measurers with leaders cutting across party lines assuring that they would all work together to rebuild the state.