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In letter to PM Modi, Rahul asks for long-term strategy for flood-ravaged Wayanad

Rahul visits flood ravaged Wayanad, assures people of assistance
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi visited reduction camps at Kotakkal in Nilambur, Mambad, Edavannapara and the landslide web site of Kavalappara in Malappuram district. (Supply: Rahul Gandhi Wayanad/Twitter)

In an official letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Tuesday requested Centre’s help in tackling the flood scenario in his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, one of many severely affected areas within the state battered by torrential rainfall and landslides.

The Congress chief, who had visited flood-hit areas together with worst-hit Puthumala in Wayanad district and Kavalappara close to Nilambur in Malappuram district, highlighted the pressing want to guard the biodiversity of the world saying it’s probably the most ‘fragile parts of the Western Ghats and home to 10 per cent biodiversity of the country’. Rahul left Kerala immediately morning after winding up his two-day go to to Wayanad.

In letter to PM Modi, Rahul asks for long-term strategy for flood-ravaged Wayanad 1

Within the letter, he wrote: “I would like to highlight the twin crises, one that affects the life and livelihood of people in Wayanad and second, the critical status of the ecology in an area that is known as a global hotspot for biodiversity with the potential to contribute to carbon sequestration benefiting the country as a whole.”

He additionally drew consideration to the crises within the farming sector which have led to a spate of farmer suicides within the state and urged the Prime Minister to develop a long-term technique and motion plan by a particular bundle to help the life and livelihood of individuals in Wayanad.

Rahul Gandhi visits flood-ravaged Wayanad, assures displaced people of assistance
Rahul Gandhi had stated he had spoken to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the District Collector of Wayanad and Congress staff within the state relating to the flood scenario in his constituency. (Supply: Rahul Gandhi Wayanad/ Twitter)

“A large number of farmers have committed suicide in the last two decades due to crises in the farm sector. The destruction of forests and the depletion of inflow into the streams and rivers endanger farms and population in three states – Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu,” he wrote.

Additionally Learn: Kerala climate forecast: IMD predicts contemporary spells of rain, purple alert in three districts

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Rescue operations on the web site of a landslide in Puthumala at Wayanad, Kerala. (Specific picture)

The Congress chief additionally urged that PM Modi contemplate his two measures to take care of the flood scenario within the state in future: “First, many lives can be saved if early warning systems are installed to alert populations in vulnerable areas and specially-designed landslide/flood shelters and communication facilities are provided in such places. Second, developing a long-term strategy and an action plan supported through a special package of assistance to protect both life and livelihoods of people to be taken in priority.”

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Rahul had spoken to PM Modi final week asking for his help to mitigate the consequences of the catastrophe within the state. He had additionally praised the flood-hit individuals of his constituency, saying the bravery and dignity displayed by them within the face of tragedy was “truly humbling.”

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Aerial view of Wayanad (Specific picture)

“I left Wayanad with nothing but pride for the people I represent,” Gandhi wrote on his Fb web page.

In the meantime, the India Meteorological Division (IMD) in Thiruvananthapuram Tuesday predicted contemporary spells of lively rainfall in Kerala on August 13 and 13. A purple alert is sounded Tuesday in three districts — Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki — that are more likely to get heavy to very heavy rains. A purple alert is issued in Malappuram and Palakkad for Wednesday.

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There may be an orange alert in 9 districts Tuesday, together with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, one of many worst-affected areas. At Puthumala and Kavalappara, the place landslides wrecked havoc final week, many individuals are nonetheless feared to be trapped beneath the particles.


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