Kerala Rains: Rahul Writes to PM, Seeks Release of Adequate Funds
New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release sufficient funds to the Kerala government to help respond to the flood crisis and restore critical infrastructure in the state.
Terming it as the "most severe disaster" that has struck the state in the last five decades, he said this natural calamity has resulted in massive economic and human losses
"At this juncture, it is critical to acknowledge the looming humanitarian crisis facing Kerala,” he said.
He expressed the hope that the Centre would cooperate with the state government in the massive relief and rehabilitation efforts which were 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," Gandhi said in his letter to Modi.
He said the fishermen community is one of the worst affected and this disaster has dealt a "deadly blow" to them at a time when the fishing industry is yet to recover from the adverse impact of Ocki cyclone.
The Congress chief said the disaster has already claimed over 150 lives in the past month and the hilly and coastal districts of Idukki, Wayanad, Kottayam, Alapuzha, Ernakulam, and Kozhikode have borne extensive damage.
The widespread destruction of critical public infrastructures such as power supply lines and roads will only prolong the recovery process, he said.
He said the unprecedented rainfall has wreaked havoc in the southern state, destroying property and forcing thousands to abandon their houses.
"Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property and forcing thousands to abandon their homes. I urge each and every Congress worker in Kerala to step up and help those in need. My prayers and thoughts are with the people of Kerala in this difficult time," he earlier said on Twitter.
Twenty-nine people have lost their lives in the heavy rains since August 8 and over 50,000 persons have been shifted to relief camps.
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