Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi arrived in Puducherry today and visited rain-affected areas of the Puducherry where he distributed relief material. He is also scheduled to visit flood-hit Chennai and Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu later in the day.
“I came here to see what has happened. It’s very important that instead of doing politics at this time, we should make sure that people of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu are given relief,” he said while talking to reporters. His supporters showered him with flower petals soon after he arrived.
In Puducherry, he is slated to visit worst-hit areas like Rodierpet, Riyankuppam, Krimambakkam and a few other places, lawmaker and Tamil Nadu Congress president A Namassivayam had said on Monday.
Cuddalore received very heavy rainfall over the weekend, resulting in severe inundation in many parts.
In Chennai, with water receding from most parts, the focus is now on clearing the waste and muck and on rehabilitating affected people.
The unprecedented deluge has caused unforeseen havoc and devastation to property, with flooded houses stinking after the water receded. Waste and sludge are deposited in many places such as the worst-affected Kotturpuram.