As Kerala battles the fury of the floods raging across the state, many have extended their helping hands – be it donations pouring in from across the country or people opening up their homes to strangers who are stranded by the floods.
Among the many is a couple who cancelled their engagement function and rather chose to donate the same money to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
Father of the daughter, Manoj convinced the groom’s family to cancel the engagement which was scheduled for Sunday and both the families decided that the money should be used to help Kerala get back on its feet.
Resident editor of Deshabhimani, the CPI(M)’s mouthpiece, Manoj wrote a Facebook post saying –
Heavy rains and floods causing landslides have led to the death of more than 160 people in Kerala since August 8. The districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram are the worst affected districts of Kerala.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while briefing the media on Friday morning, said that the state is trying to rescue as many stranded people as possible. As per statistics, as many as 2,23,000 people are housed in the 1,568 district camps opened across the state.
Even though 150 boats have arrived to assist rescue operations, the CM said more boats are required in Thrissur, Chalakudy, Aluva and Chengannur.