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Relief operations in Kerala in the aftermath of the floods have seen everyone in the state join hands to get God’s Own Country back on its feet. It was also heartening to see administrators go beyond their duties to help flood victims. Whether it was providing relief material, or evacuating those stranded, the IAS cadre has been quietly and selflessly lending a hand.
Take the case of IAS officers T V Anupama, and K Vasuki, who did everything in their power and beyond, to ensure the safety of people in their respective districts. Anupama even broke a couple of locks on closed doors along the way.
Read here about how they stepped up during the hour of need.
Two other IAS officers G Rajamanikyam and NSK Umesh proved that the right officer is one who doesn’t just give orders but can also unload rice bags from relief vehicles.
Read here about how their efforts made a difference to the relief efforts in the coastal state.
When Krishna Teja Mylavarapu, the sub-collector of Alleppey district, and the Finance Minister of Kerala, met with other IAS officers to discuss the evacuation strategy for the low-lying areas in Kuttanad, the result was a mammoth rescue mission. Read here how, within two days, over two lakh people were rescued and rehabilitated to relief camps from the regions.
Well, here is an instance of yet another IAS officer, Dr P Shakil Ahmed, who volunteered to help in one of the remotest villages of Wayanad district in Kerala.
Dr Ahmed was required to probe deep into the flood-hit territory. Without batting an eyelid, the officer decided to trek to the area and offered his assistance.
Wayanad was one of the worst-hit areas in the floods, and even a month later, people are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Thanks to Dr Shakil Ahmed’s timely and selfless volunteering, people residing in the remote villages of Wayanad can now be comforted.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)