A delegation deputed by Central Government to take stock of the drought condition in the state has found the situation grave. The inter-ministerial panel promised to recommend maximum compensation for damages and crop loss suffered by Keralites. 

The panel comprising of officials from various department reached Kerala on Wednesday and will visit six districts that are most hit by the drought. The delegation will also hold a meeting with state ministers and top officials. 

Panel members visited the drought-affected areas in Palakkad and Wayanad and said the team was convinced that the districts are reeling under extreme drought, team member and Agriculture Ministry joint secretary Ashwin Kumar said. 

District administration of Palakkad has sought a relief package of ₹304.35 crore from the Centre. The team visited Mangalam Dam, Madampara, Muthalamada, Kollangode and Chulliyar to check the depleting water level in irrigation dams. The team, led by Kumar, will also visit Malappuram district. 

A review meeting was held at Cheruthuruthy and Thrissur Collector A Koushigan explained to the team that one-third of the population in the district was affected by drought.