Early compensation and speedy rehabilitation needed: Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad

The Congress MP said he could not help but salute the spirit of people, especially children, of Wayanad, which has been hit by devastating floods.

Vythiri: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sought early compensation and speedy rehabilitation for flood-affected people of his parliamentary constituency Wayanad.

While interacting with locals at marooned St Claret Public School here on the third day of his visit to Wayanad, Gandhi said he had demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that compensation and relocation be done fast and quick.

Gandhi said he had been assured that the needful would be done. United Democratic Front (UDF) workers should put pressure on the Kerala government to ensure that compensation and relocation is done quickly and fast, he said.

The Congress MP said he could not help but salute the spirit of people, especially children, of Wayanad, which has been hit by devastating floods.

"Yesterday, I met a little girl, who was standing in front of her damaged house, but still had a smile on her face. I asked her if she was scared during the floods and her reply was no," he said.

Pointing out that picturesque Wayanad had tremendous tourism potential, he said there was need to develop it in a sustainable manner. "I love Kerala, but when people say God's own country, they should think of Wayanad," Gandhi said.

He assured the people of his constituency that he would raise their problems in Parliament and said the issues faced by farmers in the region had been raised by him in the Lower House. The Congress leader also met flood-affected people at Aaram Mayil in Pozhithana panchayat.

Rahul Gandhi said he was elected from Wayanad not as an MP but as a brother. He inaugurated an MP office at Mukkam in Kozhikode district. He felicitated individuals and organisations involved in the rescue and relief efforts including fisherfolk who took part in the rescue operations and street vendor Noushad who donated clothes from his shop to flood victims.

Rahul Gandhi also handed over a financial aid of Rs 15 collected by the Congress district committee to the family of slain Youth Congress Kripesh and Sarath Lal of Periya in Kasaragod district.

Heavy rains and floods have triggered a series of landslides and caused havoc in the northern districts of Wayanad and Malappuram.

At least 125 people have lost their lives in the heavy rains and landslides. While 60 people died in Malappuram, 14 lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Wayanad district.

(With inputs from PTI)

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