Kerala’s first cyclone shelter is getting ready at Mararikulam in Alappuzha district. The officials said that the facility would be made functional by December end.
Cyclone Shelters in Kerala:
- 14 cyclone shelters are being constructed in different parts of the State.
- Apart from shelters, early warning systems consisting of sirens and lightings in coastal areas at a cost of ₹66 crore are also part of the project.
- Once completed, the shelter at Mararikulam will have all facilities to accommodate around 1,000 people at a time.
- The three-storey shelter is being built by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) of the Union government at a cost of ₹3.53 crore. Facility for landing of helicopters will also be set up.
- The project is funded by the World Bank and State government on a 75:25 basis.
- The Kudumbashree Mission has been appointed caretaker of the Mararikulam facility.