‘Too scared to go back to our homes’: Those rescued in Kerala narrate ordeal
Pinarayi Vijayan has made a personal contribution of Rs one lakh to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to aid rescue operationsindia Updated: Aug 12, 2018 09:42 IST
A crisis situation continues to rock Kerala after 30 deaths in the state were reported on Saturday. Those evacuated from vulnerable areas said they were “too scared” to go back to their homes. In wake of the situation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has made a personal contribution of Rs one lakh to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund or CMDRF to aid rescue operations.
The Chief Minister has requested people to contribute generously to relief efforts through his Facebook page saying that “rebuilding the affected areas is going to be an arduous task”.
For the past few days, heavy rains in the state has resulted in floods and landslides leaving nearly 54,000 homeless.
The crisis engulfing the state was reiterated by those rescued. “We are frightened to return to our homes,” said women lodged in a relief camp after they were forced to leave their houses, which faced the threat of flooding by gushing waters released from Idukki reservoir.
Most of those in the relief camp had to rush out of their houses with only the clothes they were wearing, they said.
Muddy homes, wells brimming with dirty water, clogged toilets, snakes and other reptiles crawling inside their houses was giving them sleepless nights, they added.
Nearly 400 flood-affected people, including 85 children from Keerithod in Kanjikuzhy panchayat near Cheruthoni are in the camp for the past two days as a precautionary measure after water was released from Idukki dam.
Eight villages have been affected due to the release of water from the dam and nearly 1,000 people have been shifted to 20 relief camps, official sources said.
All five shutters of Cheruthoni dam, part of Idukki reservoir, were opened yesterday after incessant heavy rains increased the water level in the reservoir.
This is for the first time in the history that all the gates of the dam have been opened, underlying the gravity of the situation.
“We had to rush out with few belongings. We do not know what has happened to our homes,” a woman said adding people coming from the area told them that water was flowing like “giant sea waves” in front of our homes.
“We are scared to return to our homes,” she said.
Meanwhile, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today announced a relief assistance of Rs 1 crore to the Kerala government to tackle the situation arising out of floods.
He also appealed to traders, industrialists and others to make generous contributions to the Puducherry Chief Minister Relief Fund which would be sent to the Kerala government for relief works.
First Published: Aug 11, 2018 16:27 IST