The Centre has released 50,000 metric tonnes of rice and wheat to help Kerala tackle the flood situation, with a promise to release additional quantities soon. It has also made arrangements to airlift 100 metric tonnes of pulses by Monday with additional quantities to be sent by train. An official statement released here said that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has made available 9,300 kilolitres of kerosene to the State. Additional 12,000 kilolitres of kerosene will be allocated soon. LPG bottling plant in Kochi has been reopened, the statement said. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is airlifting 60 tonnes of emergency medicines on Monday. It has put six specialised medical teams on standby. The Railways will provide blankets and bedsheets to meet the immediate requirements of the State government. Air India has offered to airlift relief material without any cost.
Commercial flights will start operating from Kochi Naval Base from Monday and all logistic arrangements for this have been put in place. The National Crisis Management Committee, which met in New Delhi on Sunday, decided focus on provision of emergency supplies of food, water, medicines and restoration of essential services such as power, fuel, telecom and transport links in the State as the flood water has started receding.