Torrential rain finally subsided in flood-hit Kerala on Sunday, giving some respite to thousands of marooned families.
Incessant downpours since August 8 have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern state. Close to 200 people have perished in the rising waters and landslides, while the total number of people killed since May is nearly 400.
The state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore due to the deluge and 8,00,000 people have been displaced over the past few days. In the chaos in which hundreds were killed and lakhs were displaced, several came forward, volunteering to help the stranded people, winning hearts across the country.
"Kerala's own army", its fishermen played one of the most crucial roles during the floods, coming out in large numbers with their boats to help the stranded in several affected parts of the state.Among those fishermen was also Jaiswal KP, who, in waist deep water offered his back for women to step on and get onto rescue boats. Several such fishermen have emerged as heros of Kerala, winning many hearts across the state as well as on social media.
Of course, the navy and army left no stone unturned in the rescue operation. A video of a pregnant lady being airlifted by navy near Aluva went viral on social media on Friday. Soon after she was airlifted, Sajitha Jabeel was taken Kochi Naval base hospital where she gave birth to a baby. The hospital authorities said that she delivered a baby boy and both are doing fine.
The gesture of a nine year-old girl from a town in Tamil Nadu to part with her savings of four years meant for a bicylce, for Kerala flood relief has moved a premier cycle manufacturer, who has now promised her to gift the cycle of her dreams. Anupriya from Villupuram in the state decided to give away about Rs 9,000 of her savings, done over the last four years, after coming across TV visuals of the deluge in Kerala.
In another such gesture of kindness, a Kerala journalist canceled his daughter's engagement to help the flood affected people with the money. After having a word with his daughter's fiancé’s family, Manoj, who is the resident editor of Deshabhimani, the CPI(M)’s mouthpiece, canceled the ceremony which was scheduled for Sunday.The state land revenue commissioner, who had requested the Kozhikode district collector to provide relief to the neighbouring district of Thrissur, which was one of the worst affected places, was seen getting emotional on TV on receiving the material way before he expected. The man couldn't control his tears while he appreciated the people of Kozhikode for their quick response.