New Delhi, Aug 11: Expressing grief over the loss of lives in Kerala floods, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting the damage caused by the torrential rains and seeking the release of sufficient funds to aid relief and rehabilitation. In the letter, Gandhi said that the torrential rains and wide-scale landslides had left behind an “unprecedented trail of destruction across Kerala”.
“At this juncture, it is critical to acknowledge the looming humanitarian crisis facing Kerala. I am hopeful that the government would cooperate with the state government in the massive relief and rehabilitation efforts underway. I request you to release sufficient funds immediately to the state government, to enable the state to respond effectively, and work towards restoring critical infrastructure,” he said.
Gandhi highlighted the result of similar disasters in the last few months, he said that the opening of the shutters of 24 dams and the resultant deluge is likely to cause massive destruction in downstream areas.
Congress President @RahulGandhi writes to @PMOIndia, highlighting the damage caused by torrential rains in Kerala and urges him to extend cooperation of the Central Govt and provide sufficient funds to the state to aid relief and rehabilitation. @INCKeralapic.twitter.com/N3Wn0NRIK8
— Congress (@INCIndia) August 11, 2018
Earlier in the day, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced ex-gratia payment of Rs four lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives in the Kerala floods.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Union Minister KJ Alphons said that a total of 11 out of 14 districts of Kerala are under water. “Government of India has sent armed forces and they have been on the ground for past 3 days and have been helping state govt administration. NDRF teams have also been sent. PM has also spoken to CM about this,” he said.
Since Wednesday, the floods have claimed 27 lives in Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram.