A high-level committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved on Tuesday Central assistance of Rs 7,214.03 crore for six states and one Union Territory affected by natural disasters such as floods, draughts and cyclones.

In a statement the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the additional central assistance has been sourced from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).

The highest share of the sanctioned amount, Rs 4,714.28 crore, will be given to Maharashtra.

The committee approved Rs 949.49 crore to Karnataka, Rs 900.40 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs 317.44 crore to Himachal Pradesh, Rs 191.73 crore to Uttar Pradesh and Rs 127.60 crore to Gujarat and Rs 13.09 crore to UT of Puducherry.

Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will be given their respective amounts to tackle the drought situation in the states during kharif season 2018-19.

Gujarat, too, has been allocated it share from the NDRF for drought.

The over Rs 300 crore for Himachal Pradesh is aimed at helping the Himalayan state tackle flood and landslides, which are frequent in the region.

While Uttar Pradesh need the funds to tackle flood, Puducherry has been battling the effects of cyclones such as Gaja

Union Finance Minister Piyush Goel, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and senior officers of the ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, Agriculture and NITI Aayog were present in the meeting.