Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi interacted with villagers during their visit to flood-hit Wantpora Dhurama village in South Kashmir on Monday.
Around 41 houses in this hamlet, located about 68 km away from Srinagar, were damaged by the floods on September 5. The 19 families of this village lost every household item in the calamity and could not control their emotions when Sonia and Rahul reached a relief camp in the village.
An old villager Ghulam Qadir told the Congress leaders that he lost everything he had earned over six decades and also spoke of how difficult it would be to spend the winter months in temporary shelters. Some families also told Sonia that generous funding from the Centre was needed to enable the flood victims to start their lives afresh.
Congress president was accompanied by leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and J&K Pradesh Congress president Saifuddin Soz.
Moved by the plight of the flood victims, Rahul said that before winter, they would make arrangements for providing relief to the affected families.
Sonia and Rahul also made an aerial survey of the flood-affected villages and visited some hamlets in Central Kashmir’s Berwah village. The Congress president also distributed relief kits among the affected villagers.
Sonia also held a review meeting in the evening during which senior leaders briefed her about the damages caused by the floods.
On Tuesday, Sonia and Rahul will be visiting Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. “Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were moved by the devastations caused by the floods in the state. They promised to help the people,” J&K state Congress president Saifudin Soz told The Indian Express.
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