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Rahul urges Modi to declare Kerala floods a national disaster


New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately declare the floods in Kerala as a national disaster.

"Dear PM (Prime Minister), please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay. The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake," Gandhi tweeted.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over 3 lakh others forced to move to some 2,000 relief camps.


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  • SMR, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Thirty-five of Kerala’s 39 dams have been opened, 41 of its 44 rivers have been flowing above the danger mark and nearly 354 lives have been lost. Kerala is reeling under the worst flood devastation in its history, and a series of landslides have given spinal shocks to the state. This is undoubtedly a catastrophe of a lifetime.

    The death toll from the unprecedented downpour across the state reached 168 on Friday, and many remain missing as massive flooding and landslides have destroyed homes and displaced 2,23,000 people. Distress calls have been pouring in at the emergency response centers set up in every district’s headquarters.
    The estimated loss after the first phase of flood stood at Rs 8,316 crore in a preliminary assessment. Vijayan had requested for immediate assistance of Rs 1,220 crore from the Union government, inclusive of the already-allotted Rs 820 crore. Rajnath Singh, who had visited the flood-hit areas, offered Rs 100 crore – an amount less than even 10% of the demand.

    Now even a rough estimate can place the total loss around Rs 20,000-30,000 crore, with lakhs of people being put up in the 6,000-odd relief camps across the state.

    When the biggest rescue operations the state had witnessed getting underway, it is getting clearer and clearer that this could not be handled by a state government alone. This must be taken as a national issue if not a ‘calamity’. National and international agencies should be roped in as the scale of the disaster seems to be out of bounds. Rebuilding lives from this muddy ground when water recedes would be the biggest challenge before all of us here.

    Here's how you can help those affected by the unprecedented floods in Kerala. Now you can make donations online to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund through the site, https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/ #KeralaFloods #StandWithKerala. -6:46 AM - 14 Aug 2018

    Shame on Lukewarm coverage by national media.

    God's own country need help of every Indian state.
    JaiHind

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  • Hindusthani, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    What ever the comments are,the reality is flood relief for kerala has come too late,Biased central.the popularity of modiji our honorable PM is shading,young Rahulji will be and shall be next PM of India.

    Goodluck Rahulji!!

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  • Sudhir P., Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    The national comedian urging to call the floods a national disaster. Come on, it has to be taken very seriously.

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  • Sb, Mlore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    The day they slaughtered a calf on the road in the name of Protest...that was national disaster.

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Very easy.....tweet some non-sense & run to UK for a weekend trip.....

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    pappu should have visited kerala first and then told the pm,,,hope the relief amount does not go to the communists pockets........

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  • SB, Mlore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Your people who Slaughters a cow in the name of Protest, thats the Biggest "National Disaster" that append to Kerala. Since then their Bure din started. There is no bigger disastor than you and your party to India.

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  • JAYESH.S., KARKALA

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    TRIO BECOME MILLIONAIRE FROM THE TIME OF CONGRESS REGIME. SEED SOWN BY CONGRESS..FRUIT ENJOYED BY BJP.
    DESTINY AT LAST COUNTS.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    This Rahul was smiling during Atal's funeral.
    Mo was busy looting, forgetting to teach the son some basic courtesies!!

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Do you remember, Shankar, the body of Narasimha Rao was not allowed inside Congress office to pay homages but carted straight to Nandyal, his native, at the orders of her highness!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Amani's, Adani & Ramdev are also a National Disaster ...

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  • JaiHind, Mangalore-Dubai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Modiji is biased south versus north,hence this much delay,kerala is in rain fury almost from 12 days.
    UAE is stepped to help kerala now atleast Modi shall wake up,toomuch delay is not good,all are humans from any region.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Modiji You have donated cows and cash to African country Ruwanda, now think about Kerala. Kerala is going through the worst flood it has ever seen.
    Over 300 people have lost their lives and thousands of lives are in danger. There has been a loss of Rs.9000 crores so far. The national media is totally silent about this and the country has not declared it as a national disaster yet.
    This is the time to help each other and stay together as a country despite of political differences.

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  • JAYESH.S., KARKALA

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    DO HE KNOWS ABOUT NATIONAL DISASTER..?? DURING GRIVANCES ON ATALJI'S DEATH THIS MAN BECOME LAUGHING..!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    I wonder if Feku is waiting for 3000 Deaths ...

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  • Kiran Rai, mlore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

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  • KIRAN, udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Dear Rahul ,you are the real national disaster

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  • Anilta, Q8

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Kiran.
    Your comments... Shows ur mentality nd personality
    God bless u abundantly

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  • Jhanavi, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Not kirans mentality dear.. its the other people comments who criticize modi show thier mentality and personality.. How can anyone support pappu and sonia./.... he is a real disaster to india..... if he becomes PM india will not be in world map... it will be either china occupied India or PAK occupied India... ooooooor may be Italy occupied india...... 60 years congi looted and now they are tired of looting so they are planning to erase india out of the map... who else can do that .... only pappu,.... and supporters of pappu may also have that plan.. or else who will support him just becoz he is in congi party

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  • Diwakar, BANGALORE

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Stupid comment by useless Kiran

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  • KIRAN, udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    i can understand your frustration Mr Chadiless

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Very well said, Kiran, aptly rebutted too!

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