Gods Own Country Standing Head Strong
God’s own country is going through a melancholy. Kerala once a city known for its lush green hills, the relaxed backwaters, the food, and the coconut tree need our support and prayers. People of Kerala are going through a lot these days. 357 people have lost their lives so far and don’t know how many more to be found. The monstrous flood destroyed around 906,400 hectares worth of crops. People lost their lives, their houses and their livelihood.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that over 1 million people are staying in around 3277 relief camps. People from all over the country came to rescue. Volunteers are helping to clean the muddy homes as fast as possible so that people can return to their homes in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, and also some parts of Pathanamthitta.
The last recorded flood of this level was in the year 1924. It is said that over 1000 people lost their lives and we can only imagine the kind of calamity it brought.
People wait for monsoon with their arms wide open but who would have thought that they would get affected by it like this?
Kerala Flood - A Calamity
The Union Home Minister declared that Kerala flood is no less than a calamity. The magnitude of the flood and the amount of life being affected by it says nothing else but the calamity of severe nature. K. Santosh, director of Indian Meteorological Department, Thiruvananthapuram said that Kerala is finally getting some relief from rain and all the high alert news have been removed as the state is only seeing a moderate rainfall now. It has also been predicted that there will be no rainfall in the state for the next 5 days.
Rescue Operations Going on in Full Swing
So many innocent lives were lost in the rain and the landslide. There are reports of around 50 cases of snake’s bites as well and the government has alerted the resident of Kerala to stay careful because once the water starts getting cleared there could be instances of snakes being found in all over the city.
But one thing that we noticed which is beyond our appreciation is the kind of support people of Kerala saw from the Army. Around 1500 army officials were operating and people who were stuck in the rooftop and also in places which were not accessible at any cost were rescued with the help of helicopters. A pregnant lady was also safely rescued and was rushed to the nearest hospital where she gave birth to a healthy baby. Lt Gen D.R. Soni, the chief of the Army’s Southern Command also highlighted the number of logistic problems the Army had to face while operating the rescue plan, but they were still successful.
Relief Aid and Supply
Support from across the country were poured with open hearts. Things like fuel, water, clothes, food were sent to the Kochi port. Different states of India contributed in different says, some sent medical aid, some supplies and some even money. Maharashtra government also showed its generosity and sent 30 tonnes of relief aid, which includes blankets, ready to eat food, milk powder, bed sheets, clothes, sanitary napkins.
Now, rescuers are trying hard to clean and disinfect the houses so that people can return to their houses, but which is clean and habitable. Union Minister K J Alphons said that Kerala is in dire need of electricians, plumber, and carpenters. He also said that there will be a lack of electricity and plumbing, they need them in thousands of numbers so that people can go back to their normal life.
Along with the lives of people, Kerala also saw the massive flood on the highways and even in the airport, however, on Monday, the first commercial flight by Air India from Bengaluru landed on the Kochi International Airport. It has also been informed that IndiGo will also start their relief operation flights from 21st to 26th August. Train service has likewise also resumed between Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam and is likely to conduct a trial run between Shornur and Ernakulam stations as well.
Medical Help and Relief
Around 1000 doctors left from Maharashtra to Thiruvananthapuram in order to help the flood-affected people. They were sent in two Army aircraft and with just one mission and that is to help as many people as possible.
Union Minister of Health, Mr. JP Nadda earlier stated that 90 different kinds of medicines were dispatched to Kerala. Around 3757 medical camps have already been set- up in Kerala and more medical help is on their way so that they can start helping people as soon as the water recedes.
Kerala is a place known to everyone. People from all over the world were affected by the news. Each and every human being is also doing their best to help the victims by giving donations through Paytm and other means just to help as many people as they can.
Kerala has stood head-strong throughout the period of calamity. From fishermen to local people, everybody came to the rescue. Kerala is affected for sure, but no force or disaster can affect their willpower.