Even as the flood situation is slowly improving in parts of the Thrissur district, the situation in the southwest part is still dismal. As reported in The Hindu, the 42 villages in and around kole fields and on the banks of Canolly canal and Herbert canal are inundated as Krivannur River diverted its direction near the Arattupuzha Temple and Ettumuna areas.
The publication also reported that the Karvivannur River, which is taking in water from the Chimmini reservoir and Manali river beach, diverted its direction, as the temporary bund at Chirakuzhy breached. The Bund road from Arattupuzha-Karivannur was destroyed, and the river spread 7 km on either side. Additionally, Arattupuzha is overflowing.
That has caused around 200 people from 30-odd families to get stranded in the unexpected flash floods. They were later rescued by National Disaster Relief Force teams. Around 20 relief camps have begun in the Cherpu area, and people are being shifted there.
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During times like these, many ordinary citizens who have stepped up to help their fellow humans in time of need. Here is an instance of a groom converting his wedding marquee into a relief camp. Or this instance of people working overtime to help the many animals stranded in the floods.
The national transporter has also extended a helping hand, and dispatched around 2.8 lakh litres of drinking water to the state on Friday through BRN (Bogie-Rail-Carrying Flatcar with Roller Bearings) wagons, fitted with syntax tanks. The wagons are also carrying bottled water.
In an extremely helpful gesture, Tovino Thomas, a famous Malayalam actor, has opened up his house in Irinjalakkuda, Thrissur, to those affected by floods, reports the Times of India. He stated that the house is on a safe plane and the chances of water entering inside are very less.
Tovino has mentioned that he will provide all basic necessities, till the situation is brought under control.
Tovino has been actively involved in flood relief and rescue efforts right from the start. As reported in TOI, as the situation worsened, Tovino took to social media, giving instructions and information, from time to time. He even put up a video advising people living in dangerous areas to evacuate.
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“Even now there are people who are not willing to leave their houses and delaying it for one reason or another. Right now, even though the water levels in the rivers have receded, the water is still rising in certain areas. If people stay at these places and refuse to cooperate with the rescue teams, the areas will become isolated, and it will be really difficult for food and help to arrive after that,” he said in a video.
Thomas joins many others who are helping in every way to ensure people in Kerala are safe like these 11 amazing real-life heroes, who are doing all they can in this hour of need.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
Featured Image Credits:- (Left)- Arun Krishna Photography and (Right) Vishal Photography
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