Kerala Floods: A Gut-Wrenching Disaster Unfolding on Our Timelines

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Kerala Floods: A Gut-Wrenching Disaster Unfolding on Our Timelines

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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n the last couple of weeks, the floods in Kerala, considered the worst in a century, have claimed over 324 lives and displaced over three lakh people. To get even an inkling of the consequences accompanying the disaster that’s unfolding on our timelines in real-time, look no further than Chengannur MLA Saji Cheriyan’s heart-wrenching request to the government yesterday.

As a Malayalam news channel called him for a reaction on the floods, Cheriyan broke down on live television and sent a distress message asking for help. “Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted. We did what we can with fishing boats we procured using our political clout. But we can’t do more. The armed forces need to come here, please help us,” he said. It’s not a sight you witness everyday — a government servant elected to serve the people rendered helpless and bowed before the fury of nature.

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