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Kerala Rains: Rahul Gandhi Visits Flood Relief Camp in Wayanad

India | News18 | August 29, 2019, 8:30 pm
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 Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who arrived in Wayanad to review the flood relief operations, visited tribal colonies and assured people of all help. Ratheesh, Gandhi's office assistant at the Wayanad constituency, told IANS by now he had visited four such colonies in Manathavady and near Kalpetta.
Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood-affected victims, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)" title=" Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who arrived in Wayanad to review the flood relief operations, visited tribal colonies and assured people of all help. Ratheesh, Gandhi's office assistant at the Wayanad constituency, told IANS by now he had visited four such colonies in Manathavady and near Kalpetta. "Gandhi also spent time with people at Ponkuzhi, located deep in the forest," he said. Gandhi mingled with people freely. At one place, while he was seated in a car, a local kissed him, much to the amusement of onlookers. Wayanad was one of the worst affected districts during the monsoon that battered several parts of the Lok Sabha constituency. Around 50,000 people had to take refuge in relief camps. Gandhi had visited Wayanad earlier as well. After returning to Delhi, he sent three sets of different kits to over 18,000 families, which included clothing, blankets, basic food items and cleaning stuff. Here are some pictures from his Wayanad trip...

Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood-affected victims, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)">

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who arrived in Wayanad to review the flood relief operations, visited tribal colonies and assured people of all help. Ratheesh, Gandhi's office assistant at the Wayanad constituency, told IANS by now he had visited four such colonies in Manathavady and near Kalpetta. "Gandhi also spent time with people at Ponkuzhi, located deep in the forest," he said. Gandhi mingled with people freely. At one place, while he was seated in a car, a local kissed him, much to the amusement of onlookers. Wayanad was one of the worst affected districts during the monsoon that battered several parts of the Lok Sabha constituency. Around 50,000 people had to take refuge in relief camps. Gandhi had visited Wayanad earlier as well. After returning to Delhi, he sent three sets of different kits to over 18,000 families, which included clothing, blankets, basic food items and cleaning stuff. Here are some pictures from his Wayanad trip...

Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood-affected victims, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood-affected victims, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood-affected victims, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood-affected victims, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood-affected victims, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi with flood victim families at Mananthavady in Wayanad on August 28, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi with flood victim families at Mananthavady in Wayanad on August 28, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood victim families at a relief camp at Chaligandha, Payyampally village in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood victim families at a relief camp at Chaligandha, Payyampally village in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Gandhi with flood victim families at Mananthavady in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi with flood victim families at Mananthavady in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi visits a flood relief camp at St.Thomas Church, Chungam Thalappuzha Village, Wayanad on August 27, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi visits a flood relief camp at St.Thomas Church, Chungam Thalappuzha Village, Wayanad on August 27, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi visits a flood relief camp at St.Thomas Church, Chungam Thalappuzha Village, Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi visits a flood relief camp at St.Thomas Church, Chungam Thalappuzha Village, Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Gandhi visits a flood relief camp at St.Thomas Church, Chungam Thalappuzha Village, Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi visits a flood relief camp at St.Thomas Church, Chungam Thalappuzha Village, Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with a flood-affected family at St. Jude’s Shrine flood relief camp, Chundale, Wayanad on August 12, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with a flood-affected family at St. Jude’s Shrine flood relief camp, Chundale, Wayanad on August 12, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan arrives to visit the flood affected areas at Batheri, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan arrives to visit the flood affected areas at Batheri, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the people affected by floods and landslides, at Kalpetta in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the people affected by floods and landslides, at Kalpetta in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with army personnel involved in rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with army personnel involved in rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood affected people during his visit to a relief camp, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi interacts with flood affected people during his visit to a relief camp, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Gandhi holds a child during his visit to flood affected people at a relief camp, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi holds a child during his visit to flood affected people at a relief camp, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Gandhi interacts with army personnel involved in rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi interacts with army personnel involved in rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas, in Wayanad district. (Image: PTI)

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 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the flood victims at Kaithapoil flood-relief camp in Thamrassaery, Kozhikode. (Image: PTI)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the flood victims at Kaithapoil flood-relief camp in Thamrassaery, Kozhikode. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Gandhi visits the Meenangadi camp in the flood affected region of Wayanad district. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appealed to people to provide relief materials to those hit by the devastating floods in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi visits the Meenangadi camp in the flood affected region of Wayanad district. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appealed to people to provide relief materials to those hit by the devastating floods in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency. (Image: PTI)

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 Army and fire brigade personnel carry out rescue works in flood and landslide-hit Allekahan Horate village in Mudigere taluk near Chikmagalur. (Image: PTI)

Army and fire brigade personnel carry out rescue works in flood and landslide-hit Allekahan Horate village in Mudigere taluk near Chikmagalur. (Image: PTI)

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 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the people affected by floods and landslides at Bhoothanam in his parliamentary constituency Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the people affected by floods and landslides at Bhoothanam in his parliamentary constituency Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 NDRF personnel attempt to clear blocked Manjoor-Ooty road following heavy rain, in Kottayam district. (Image: PTI)

NDRF personnel attempt to clear blocked Manjoor-Ooty road following heavy rain, in Kottayam district. (Image: PTI)

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 Personnel from Defence Security Corps rescue residents from a flood-affected area, at Poovattuparamba in Kozhikode district. (Image: PTI)

Personnel from Defence Security Corps rescue residents from a flood-affected area, at Poovattuparamba in Kozhikode district. (Image: PTI)

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 In this picture provided by the Indian Navy is seen the flooded coastline in the north of Kochi. The death toll in the monsoon fury has mounted to 60 with over 2.27 lakh people being sheltered in relief camps across the state of Kerala. (Image: PTI)

In this picture provided by the Indian Navy is seen the flooded coastline in the north of Kochi. The death toll in the monsoon fury has mounted to 60 with over 2.27 lakh people being sheltered in relief camps across the state of Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 National Disaster Management and Rescue Force (NDRF) members rescue a dog from a flood-affected area, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

National Disaster Management and Rescue Force (NDRF) members rescue a dog from a flood-affected area, in Wayanad. (Image: PTI)

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 Heavy rains have been battering Kerala for the past few days. Eight people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state on Thursday (Aug 8), bringing back memories of last year's devastating floods. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Heavy rains have been battering Kerala for the past few days. Eight people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state on Thursday (Aug 8), bringing back memories of last year's devastating floods. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A view of a flood-affected region in Malappuram (PTI Photo)

A view of a flood-affected region in Malappuram (PTI Photo)

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 An aerial view of flood-hit areas of Cochin International Airport in Kerala. (Image: PTI)

An aerial view of flood-hit areas of Cochin International Airport in Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 Floodwater following incessant monsoon rainfall, in a residential area of Coimbatore. (Image: PTI)

Floodwater following incessant monsoon rainfall, in a residential area of Coimbatore. (Image: PTI)

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 A landslide occurred in Puthumala in Kerala's Wayanad district and rescue operations are underway. (Image: Special Arrangement)

A landslide occurred in Puthumala in Kerala's Wayanad district and rescue operations are underway. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Due to heavy incessant rains, the airport in Kerala's Kochi has flooded and remains closed for operations. Planes are seen parked inside the flooded Cochin international airport following heavy rain, on the outskirts of Kochi. (Image: Reuters)

Due to heavy incessant rains, the airport in Kerala's Kochi has flooded and remains closed for operations. Planes are seen parked inside the flooded Cochin international airport following heavy rain, on the outskirts of Kochi. (Image: Reuters)

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 Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSMA) evacuated 22,165 people and moved them to 315 camps across the state in view of the heavy rains. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSMA) evacuated 22,165 people and moved them to 315 camps across the state in view of the heavy rains. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 2 bodies were recovered during rescue operations at the site of a landslide in Meppadi in Wayanad district of Kerala. (Image: Special Arrangement)

2 bodies were recovered during rescue operations at the site of a landslide in Meppadi in Wayanad district of Kerala. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Heavy, incessant rainfall caused the landslide to occur. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Heavy, incessant rainfall caused the landslide to occur. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Army and NDRF personnel carry out a rescue operation in a flood affected area of Ernakulam district. (Image: PTI)

Army and NDRF personnel carry out a rescue operation in a flood affected area of Ernakulam district. (Image: PTI)

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 Members of a rescue team wade through a water-logged area during heavy rains in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

Members of a rescue team wade through a water-logged area during heavy rains in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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 Pinarayi Vijayan government has declared a holiday for schools across the state. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Pinarayi Vijayan government has declared a holiday for schools across the state. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Members of a rescue team wade through a water-logged area past a submerged temple during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

Members of a rescue team wade through a water-logged area past a submerged temple during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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 Members of a rescue team row a boat towards a submerged temple to look for a man believed to be stranded inside the temple during heavy rains in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

Members of a rescue team row a boat towards a submerged temple to look for a man believed to be stranded inside the temple during heavy rains in Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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