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Rahul Gandhi Speaks To PM On Kerala Floods: “Tragedy Without Parallel”

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NEW DELHI: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today said he has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding help for Kerala, which is reeling under the worst bout of monsoon rain in a Century. Calling it a “tragedy without parallel”, Mr Gandhi said he has requested the Prime Minister to “massively increase the deployment of the Army & Navy” in the state. PM Modi tweeted this morning that he spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today and also asked the Defence Ministry to “further step up” operations.
The Southern Naval Command has already suspended all training and rushed troops and other resources for rescue operations in the flood-hit state. All three defence forces, the NDRF and private groups as rescue work had continued through last night as rain pelted down.
In an earlier tweet, Mr Gandhi sought funds for the flood-ravaged state, where 67 people died over the last week — 25 of them in the last 24 hours.
The Congress chief has already asked party workers to “step up & help those in need” in the state, where the rivers are in spate. The opening of shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, Idukki and Idamalayar, have flooded the areas downstream. More than 50,000 people have lost their homes.

An alert has now been issued from the Chief Minister’s office which warned that the water-level in both Periyar and Chalakudy rivers will rise. “People in 1km radius of Chalakudy, and those inside ½ km of radius of Aluva, must evacuate the place immediately,” a tweet from the official handle of the CMO said.

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