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How Could I Leave It Dirty: Kerala Flood Victims’ Unique ‘Thanks’ Wins Nation’s Heart!

Seeking relief from the swirling floods, the people took refuge in the school for a considerable period of time.


The rains that pounded Kerala over the last few weeks have eased, and flood waters are slowly receding. During the difficult time, many people came forward to offer help. Some opened up their homes, while others gave away a huge chunk of inventory so the affected could get relief.

As people leave relief camps and return to flood-battered homes to begin the long process of rebuilding their lives, there are some who have endeavoured to show their deep appreciation for the generosity that they received.

A case in point are the people who sought shelter at the Kongorpilly Govt Higher Secondary School, in the Koonanmaavu district. The fourth floor of the school, was sheltering 1200 people, before they were moved to a relief centre. However, before they moved, the occupants left the premises in a spotless condition, as a gesture of thanks.

Victims of the Kerala flood left the shelter spotless after occupying it. Image Credit: Gopinath Parayil, Daniel Antony
Victims of the Kerala flood left the shelter spotless after occupying it. Image Credit: Gopinath Parayil, Daniel Antony

A Facebook post, which includes a photograph of a room in the school which was used by the displaced people, has gone viral on social media. In the photograph, you can see the spotless floor, which is so clean that the windows shine off the scrubbed surface. Not a single packet of any wrapper or garbage can be seen, and it is extremely hard to believe that the room was once occupied to the brim.


GiveIndia and The Better India have come together to help Rebuild Kerala by supporting 41,000 affected families. You too can be a part of this movement and help us raise funds for the NGOs working to rehabilitate these families. If all of us come together with a small monthly contribution, we can make a real and meaningful difference in helping restore normalcy to those who need our help the most.

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The post even quotes one of the occupants, who said, “This place was home for me for last four days. How can I leave it dirty ? We keep our home clean right?”


You can see the original post, here.

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)

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