THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Aug 28 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrived in Kerala today for a two-day visit, days after he appealed to the centre to help the flood-ravaged state.He will be visiting flood-hit regions in the state including Chengannur, Alappuzha and Angamaly . He will also visit flood-affected areas in Wayanad district on Wednesday.About 357 people have lost their lives in what could be called the worst-ever flood in a century in Kerala.
He reached Chengannur in Alappuzha district and visited a relief camp at the Engineering College.Congress President Rahul Gandhi visits a relief camp in Chengannur. He is on a 2-day visit to the flood-hit Kerala
— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2018
Then, he will visit Edanad village in Chengannur and, later, a relief camp at the Camelot Convention Centre in Alappuzha where he would felicitate a group of fishermen who helped rescue thousands during rescue operations.
Shashi Tharoor said, “Received Rahul Gandhi on his arrival in Thiruvananthapuram from Europe on his way to visit areas affected by Kerala floods. He will meet the heroic survivors and félicitate fishermen who sacrificed so much to rescue trapped people.”
In a series of tweets, Gandhi had expressed solidarity with the people of the state and requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Kerala floods a national disaster.
He will also meet people at relief camp in Saint Francis Assisi School, Paravoor, Ernakulam, and nearby Kerala Auditorium.
On Wednesday, Gandhi will flag off a convoy of relief material trucks at Marine Drive, Kochi, and take off for Wayanad where he will visit the relief camp at Kothara town at 11 am.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought an immediate assistance of Rs 2,000 crore. In a tweet, he said: “As per the initial estimate, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore. The actual loss can be ascertained after the water recedes in the affected areas. The state has sought an immediate assistance of Rs 2,000 crore.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.