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Teen ends life after rains destroy school certificates in flood-affected Kerala

The teen had moved to a relief camp three days ago along with his parents. He went back to check up on his house in Karanthur on Sunday once the waters receded and found his Class 12 certificates destroyed in rains.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2018 15:02 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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The teenager had secured admission in an ITI. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Heartbroken on finding his Class 12 certificates destroyed in the devastation caused by the deadly monsoon in Kerala, a 19-year-old boy, committed suicide, police said on Monday.

With his house waterlogged in the downpour, the boy, Kailash, and his parents, hailing from Karanthur in Kozhikode district, had moved to a relief camp three days ago.

Kailash had got admission for a course in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and had purchased new clothes and set apart some money for higher studies, they said.

As the rains abated for a while, he returned home on Sunday to take a look at the house and was shocked to find his plus two certificates soaked in water and in tatters.

A Police officer attached to the Kunnamanagalam station said the boy’s death came to light later in the day when his parents came to clean up the house as the water receded.

They were shocked to see him hanging, police said.

His shattered father, a labourer, had pinned all his hopes on his son as all their belongings had been mostly destroyed in the rains.

In the worst -affected Chengannur in Alappuzha district, a woman said she had lost her Aadhar card, ration card and all ID proofs.

“All my belongings, my Aadhar and Ration cards and ID proofs are all gone. Only I am alive. My relatives do not even know I exist,” she mourned.

Heavy rains in Kerala have so far claimed 210 lives and forced over 7.14 lakh people to take shelter in relief camps in the state.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 15:01 IST