Rahul Gandhi in Kerala today, to review status of relief operations in flood-hit Wayanad

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As the torrential downpour continues to batter Kerala, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi began his two-day tour of the southern state on Sunday. He will also visit his Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad.

The death toll in the southern state has risen to 60, most of them from Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad.

Taking to Twitter, Wayand MP 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 and State officials.”

Gandhi will also review the aid being provided to relief camps across in his constituency which is one of the worst-hit districts in the state.

He also visited a relief camp in Boodanam Church in Nilambur, Malappuram and met flood-affected people.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that Wayanad was the worst-hit district in the state and had estimated that approximately 11 people had died in the district alone due to floods.

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“Accidents have happened in unexpected areas…. 80 landslides in various parts of the state. Malappuram, Kavalappara, Bhoothalam Colony and Puthumala in Wayanad are worst affected,” Vijayan had said during a press conference.

Earlier on Thursday Gandhi had said, “The flood situation in my parliamentary constituency, Wayanad is grim. I’m monitoring the situation closely & have spoken to the Kerala CM and key Govt officials to expedite relief. I will be reaching out to PM Modi as well to brief him & request Central Govt. assistance.”

Around 28 people have died and 27 others sustained injuries following incessant rains and overflowing of rivers in several parts of Kerala, said the state government on Friday.

A statement from the Chief Minister Office (CMO) had said: “Statewide 28 people have lost their lives and other 27 have sustained injuries following the heavy rains causing a flood-like situation in the state. So far seven persons went missing.”

Rescue operations are underway by the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), Army and the local police.

(With ANI inputs)

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