As Kerala and Karnataka battle the furry of the floods raging across the states, the nation-wide help has been in continuous availability – be it the state governments organising relief camps and announcing relief funds; or army navy air-force and even fishermen diving in to rescue people, or in fact, people opening up their homes to strangers who are stranded by the floods.
Amid the havoc came a ‘thank you’ note painted on the roof of a house in Kochi from where the Naval ALH piloted by Cdr Vijay Varma had rescued two women on August 17.
Karnataka floods have claimed six lives and over 11,000 houses washed away in Kodagu district of the state while Kerala floods have claimed over 200 lives so far. Around 2,000 personnel have been deployed from the Indian Army and have rescued around 100 people.
The districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram are the worst affected districts of Kerala.
Even though 150 boats have arrived to assist rescue operations, officials said more boats are required in Thrissur, Chalakudy, Aluva and Chengannur.