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Rahul visits cyclone-hit areas in Kerala

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Poonthura/Vizhinjam(Kerala): Addressing the families of fishermen who died in the cyclone and interacting with them, Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi said the state and Central governments need to learn lessons from the natural calamity, which has also left 95 fishermen missing.

Rahul Gandhi today visited some places hit by the Cyclone Ochki in southern Kerala that has claimed 66 lives, most of them fishermen, and pitched for a better warning system to prevent recurrence of such tragedies.

“When a tragedy happens, everyone must learn from the tragedy and avoid such a situation in future. We must have a better system of warning for the fishermen who are going to the sea,” he said speaking to affected families in coastal hamlet Poonthura, near Thiruvananthapuram.

“Some of you have lost sons, some of you lost husbands. This cannot be replaced…we will try to make your life as comfortable as possible,” he said.

The cyclone hit the coast of Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu on November 30, claiming 66 lives and causing widespread damage besides leaving several fishermen stranded and missing.

Earlier, Gandhi paid floral tributes in front of pictures of those who perished in the cyclone.

He also consoled the families and interacted with them.

Later, he visited nearby Vizhinjam and met the affected fishermen families and assured them that the Congress would discharge its duty as the principal opposition to bring pressure on the governments to get everyone necessary compensation.

He also said the Congress party was committed to setting up a Ministry for fishermen at the and offered all help to fishermen to overcome the present crisis.

Consoling the fishermen community, including the women folk who broke down during the interaction, Gandhi said, “What you have lost cannot be measured in terms of value and so my words cannot replace your loss.”

Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala, former chief minister Oommen Chandy and Congress MPs and K C Venugopal were among those who accompanied Gandhi.

PTI

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