Having taken reigns of Congress party from his mother Sonia as President of the party, Rahul Gandhi today sent a letter to PM Narendra Modi demanding a special package for the people living in the areas that were badly hit by cyclone Ockhi. Gandhi said, “Request you to declare a comprehensive special financial package for Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Lakshwadeep to undertake rehabilitation, provide financial assistance to the families of deceased fishermen & overall development of coastal region.” The tragedy spanned a number of states with floodwaters and wind destroying property indiscriminately. To ensure the same misfortune does not occur again, Gandhi added, “I also emphasize the need to construct sea-walls and groynes in the vulnerable sea coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. I am certain that the Government will look into it and address these issues as top priority.”
The cyclone that had hit the coast of Kerala and Tamil Nadu claimed over 66 lives and also caused widespread damage part from leaving several fishermen stranded and missing. He had earlier paid floral tributes on pictures of those who lost their lives in the cyclone. He had also consoled the families and spoke to them.