Kozhikode (Kerala) Aug 12: Heavy monsoon showers in Kerala have claimed the lives of 76 people so far, mostly from the northern districts of Malappuram and Wayanad , Congress MP Rahul Gandhi distributed relief material to the flood affected people in Kaithapoyil and assured all help to the people of his flood-hit constituency rebuild their lives.Gandhi has even requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help flood-hit Kerala that is witnessing heavy rainfall since the past few days.
“As your MP, I called CM and requested him to help here as aggressively as possible. I also called the PM Modi and explained to him the tragedy that has taken place here and the need for support from the centre,” Gandhi said.
“We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people. You don’t have to worry about your future as we will help you rebuild your lives,” said Gandhi while addressing a relief camp at Thiruvampady.
He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala.
“Today is Eid and though I know that the people are distressed, I take this opportunity to wish all of you ‘Eid Mubarak’. We will use the spirit of Eid to help the people who are suffering,” said Gandhi.
Incessant rain and the consequent floods have caused widespread damage in Kerala. In Wayanad, the flood fury has resulted in 18 deaths and displacement of over 40,000 people, who have taken shelter in over 200 relief camps.
Gandhi arrived on a two-day visit to Kerala and visited his Lok Sabha constituency, which is one of the severely affected areas in the state that has been battered by torrential rainfall. One of the worst-hit regions in the state is Puthumala in Wayanad, which was struck by a massive landslide on August 8.
Having arrived in Wayanad on Sunday, Gandhi visited some relief camps at Malappuram and Kavalapara, where a mudslide on Friday wiped out an entire village. Over 50 people are still feared trapped under the debris.
He also took part in a review meeting called by the Malappuram District Collector. Gandhi will tour Wayanad on Monday and will return to Delhi on Tuesday.