Only life conserved, whatever else lost: Kerala families witness never-before damage amid floods
A senior female could be seen ranging from someone to another yelling through the rain swept roads in this high range hamlet, located at the foothills of Western Ghats mountain ranges, on Sunday early morning.
“I have lost whatever … whatever in my life … where should I go? … who will provide me a shelter?” the woman, outfitted in a scruffy saree, asked aloud sobbing and running and there.
The unanticipated torrential rain, which pounded the town on Saturday, removed every cent of her life time profits and made her homeless suddenly.
“I begged our Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sir to provide me two cents of land to construct a ‘koora’ (hut). I have nowhere to go. My daughters’ homes are likewise submerged. Now I am going to the church to see whether I will get a place there,” she told the journalists gathered at the location.
It was the story of many unlucky families in Koottickal, situated in Kottayam district of Kerala which suffered extreme damage and human casualty due to a series of landslips activated by heavy rains the other day.
When the severe rains revealed a slight dip today, a great deal of people in this town might be seen as displaced and ended up being the prisoners of rehabilitation school. Many senior villagers said it was for the very first time in their decades-old life that they were seeing and experiencing such serious rainfall.
A local shop owner pointed to his new cars and truck, which can be seen as ruined and partially hanging with its back wheels stuck on a broken wall in his home compound.
“It was my brand-new parking lot in front of the house. I was not in your home when the flood water unexpectedly gushed inside your house substance Saturday afternoon. My other half and children some how handled to go to the neighbour’s house,” the middle aged male stated.
He turned a bit emotional revealing the ‘mundu’ (dhoti) which he was wearing, saying that it was borrowed from the neighbour. Only life was conserved and whatever else was lost, he stated adding that not even in the 2018 floods had he dealt with such a dreadful scenario.
The scenario was not different in Kokkayar, an uneven hamlet in Idukki district as well, which likewise experienced a series of landslips and human casualty on Saturday in relentless rains.
A stunned Rajamma, a female villager, was yet to believe that a four-member family including children, who was seen participated in some building activities near her home on the foothills of hill, swept away by flood waters in front of her eyes.
The senior lady said she advised the family to move far from the place when water was seen coming down from the hill tops in a little scale.
“But, they continued their work. All of a sudden a portion of the hill, where they were standing, collapsed … huge stones started rolling down accompanied by an enormous flood of water … I do not remember anything else,” the teary-eyed lady said.
George, a middle-aged guy taken part in rescue operations, stated it was whatever fine and calm in the town till 11 PM on Saturday.
“However, the circumstance aggravated after that. Around 10 huge bridges and the exact same variety of wooden bridges were washed away and the town ended up being separated soon,” he added.
The Army, NDRF, authorities and the Fire Force along with the locals began rescue operations on Sunday morning at Koottickal and Kokkayar panchayats where over a lots people are listed to be missing due to various landslides accompanied by heavy rainstorm since Saturday.
Authorities said rescue operators on Sunday early morning recovered 4 more bodies from Koottickal panchayat taking the toll to 8.
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