(Image source from: www.indiatoday.in)
Kerala will need about Rs 31,000 crore for recovery and reconstruction following the century's worst floods, according to a United Nations report presented to the Chief Minister by UN Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev.
Afanasiev presented the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. This is the first time the UN has prepared such a report in India.
The report assessed the damage and loss obtained due to the devastating floods in the state in the month of August. It said the state would need about Rs 31,000 crore for recovery and reconstruction.
The highest amount would be needed for the reconstruction of roads and transportation (Rs 10,046 crore), followed by housing (Rs 5,443 crore), agriculture, fisheries and livestock (Rs 4,498 crore), employment and livelihood (Rs 3,896 crore), other infrastructure (Rs 2,446 crore), irrigation (Rs 1,483 crore) and water and sanitation (Rs 1,331 crore).
The report highlighted the international illustrations and models for building back an improved Kerala in 16 sectors.
It suggested that Kerala could turn to be the first green state in the country by building on the four pillars of integrated water resources management; eco-sensitive and risk-informed approaches to land use and planning; inclusive and people-centred approaches; and by adopting knowledge, innovation and technology.
Chief Minister Vijayan thanked the UN for providing support to the state for flood response and developing the PDNA. He sought UN technical support in developing sectoral recovery plans, bringing international models and new technologies to Kerala and in strengthening the recovery committees with experts.
The Chief Minister sought UN support for mobilizing resources for the state within and outside the country.
Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac thanked the UN for its assistance in mobilizing grants for reconstruction. "This would reduce the amount of borrowing."
The PDNA is the global methodology developed by the UN, the World Bank and the European Union to assess damage and loss in the wake of disaster and to recommend the recovery needs and strategies.
In all, 76 experts from 10 UN agencies and European Union across 13 sectors collaborated to develop the report in 20 days.
The UN agencies included UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), UN Women, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), WHO (World Health Organization), WFP (World Food Programme), ILO International Labour Organization) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and adopted reports of three sectors from the World Bank and ADB (Asian Development Bank).
Besides, two experts on integrated water resources management from the Netherlands also provided support.
The report was prepared after visiting 120 villages in 10 districts and interacting with experts, affected people, elected representatives, officials and representatives of civil society organizations.