New Delhi, Aug 11: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointing out the massive flood, torrential rain and large scale landslide affecting Kerala, and requested him to release sufficient funds to enable the state government to respond effectively.
“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 in the letter.
Due to the natural calamity, the southern state facing an unprecedented trail of destruction, massive economic and human loses for the last two weeks.
“It has already claimed over 150 lives in the past month, and 25 people were killed a single flash flood alone. Hilly and coastal districts of Idukki, Wayanad, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kozhikode have borne extensive damage. The incessant rains have forced the state to open the shutters of 24 dams, and the resultant deluge is likely to cause massive destruction in downstream areas”, Mr Gandhi pointed out.
The Congress president pointed out that fishing community is the worst affected. “At a time when the fishing industry is yet to recover from the adverse impact of Ockhi cyclone, this disaster has dealt a deadly blow, especially to fishermen. Thousands of cultivated land is submerged under water”, he said.
The widespread destruction of infrastructure like power supply lines and roads will only prolong the recovery process, said the Congress president.
“At this juncture, it is critical to acknowledge the looming humanitarian crisis facing Kerala”, he pointed out in the letter.
He hoped that the Union Government would cooperate with the state government in the massive relief and rehabilitation efforts underway. (UNI)