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Kerala floods: Tharoor in Geneva to seek UN assistance

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    Geneva, Aug 21: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to meet the United Nations agencies for their assistance in rebuilding his home state Kerala which has witnessed unprecedented crisis due to floods.

    Tharoor, Thiruvananthapuram MP, said "While seeking help is the prerogative of the Govt of India, i am here, in close consultation with CMO Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan, to explore what help could be possible if sought."

    Also Read | Kerala floods declared calamity of 'severe nature'

    Kerala floods: Tharoor in Geneva to seek UN assistance

    He tweeted, " Landed in Geneva to meet w/ @UN & international humanitarian agencies for consultations on #KeralaFloods. While seeking help is the prerogative of the Govt of India, i am here, in close consultation w/ @CMOKerala @vijayanpinarayi, to explore what help could be possible if sought."

    However, the CMO Kerala stated that Tharoor was not their representative at UNited Nations, reports News 18.

    The Union Home Ministry has declared the crisis in Kerala as a calamity of severe nature in view of the "intensity and magnitude" of the floods and landslides in the state. The Ministry noted that at least 247 people have lost their lives in the rains, floods and landslides in the state, while over 17,000 huts/houses have been damaged.

    Also Read | Weather forecast for Aug 21: Heavy rains likely in Hyderabad in next 24 hours

    Earlier, Tharoor met with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's family to pay condolence. Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.

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