The Central Government has declared Kerala, along with seven other states, as drought hit. The Centre announced ₹24, 000 crore as relief to the states to cope with the situation. 

The other states declared as drought affected are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. The Centre has also allowed 50 additional working days under National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. 

Meanwhile, a high-level team has been formed to asses the extent of drought. The team will reach Kerala on April 18 and will visit drought-affected districts till April 21, the Revenue Department said. 

The state government had sought an extensive package to cope with the situation. The submission was made when a team of ministers, including Revenue Minister and Agriculture Minister, visited Delhi to visit Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. 

Kerala government had declared all 14 states as drought hit and had requested Centre to provide additional 150 days under rural employment programme.