'Will be based in Wayanad,' says Rahul as flood death toll in Kerala reaches 60

Source: PTI | Published on 11th August 2019, 6:19 PM | National News | Don't Miss |

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived on a two-day visit to Kerala this afternoon. He will visit his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, which is among the worst affected because of the floods that have claimed 60 lives.

Taking to Twitter Rahul Gandhi said, "For the next few days I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad that has been ravaged by floods. I will be visiting relief camps across Wayanad and reviewing relief measures with District & State officials."

He is expected to visit relief camps at Kottakal in Nilambur, Mambad, Edavannappara and attend a review meeting at the Malappuram Collectorate, Congress sources said.


Gandhi will visit the affected areas in Wayanad on Monday.

Earlier today, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a meeting with senior officials on Sunday morning to review the flood situation. He confirmed the death toll reaching 60 in an official statement.

Two bodies were recovered while there was a slight let-up in the rains in some regions in the state, officials said.

According to official sources, one body each was recovered this morning from Kozhikode and Alapuzha districts, which are among the badly hit by the torrential rains since last week.

They also discussed the search operations at Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad districts respectively, where several people are feared to have been buried alive four days ago in two major landslides.

Over 1.65 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,318 relief camps across the southern state where the rains have triggered numerous landslides or caused floods in most of its 14 districts.

There were reports of let-up in rains some parts while the meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for three districts - Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod for Sunday.

The international airport at the state's commercial capital Kochi, which was closed for two days after inundation of the runway, will resume operations this noon.

The Southern Railway on Sunday fully cancelled 10 trains including the Mangaluru-Thiruvananthapuram Express, Maveli Express, Malabar Express, Kannur-Ernakulam Intercity Express, Ernakulam-Bengaluru Intercity express and four passengers.

Seven trains have been partially cancelled and two trains diverted, it announced.

Various agencies, including the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, NDRF, police force, volunteers and fishermen are involved in the rescue operations at various places.

This is the second consecutive year that the floods and landslides have ravaged Kerala which is yet to recover from the devastating deluge that claimed over 400 lives last year and had rendered lakhs homeless.

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