Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has written letters to three Union Ministers asking for help to rebuild Kerala recovering from floods. His constituency Wayanad was worst-hit. At least 125 people were killed and some 16,000 houses were damaged in Kerala this month in the floods that devastated the southern state for a second year in a row. In his letter to Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Rahul Gandhi asked for expansion of the scope of works under the MGNREGA in Kerala and hike in minimum guaranteed days of employment from 100 to 200 days.
"Kerala witnessed one of the worst floods in the last few decades. Heavy rains, flooding, landslides have left people homeless, and rendered thousands of houses uninhabitable due to the deposition of mud and silt in the houses... I would like to request you to expand the scope of works under MGNREGA for the state of Kerala for enabling the state to take up needed flood rehabilitation works, and also increase the minimum guaranteed days of employment for a family to 200 days," he wrote.