Due to incessant rains, life has come to a standstill in Kerala. People have lost their lives, their livelihoods, property and more. It will be a while before Kerala recovers from the aftermath of these floods. The Army has once again come to the rescue of those stuck in the floods.
In Malappuram, one of the districts badly hit by the flood, where a road washed away even as people were watching, the Indian Army Engineering Task Force has come up with a solution. They’ve constructed a temporary bridge by using the trees that were brought down by the water. The 40 feet bridge has proved a savior for the locals.
#Update #KeralaFloods2018. #Engineer Task Force constructs 40 ft Improvised Foot Over Bridge using local resources in Area #Wandoor (Naduvath-Vellambram rd). #IndianArmy #Nation #First . We are at it. #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief pic.twitter.com/1DMBLOcK17
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 12, 2018
They have also built a makeshift bridge using trees in Wayanad and has rescued around 800 stranded people.
— Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) August 11, 2018
10 columns of Army, personnel from Navy, Air Force and NDRF are together working the rescue operations in different districts of Kerala, including Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad. They have named it ‘Operation Sahyog’ (cooperation).
#Update Venthodanpadi bridge connecting Chokkad & Kalikavu was washed away. Rescue columns utilizing local resources completed one part of the bridge. Operator Adarsh Mohan displaying the great courage swam across the river to establish contact with other bank. #OpMadad pic.twitter.com/J4zLP3qIly
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 13, 2018
On Sunday, Ministry of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj announced that all passports damaged in the floods will be replaced free of cost. Earlier, Chief Minister Vijayan had announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of deceased, and Rs 10 lakh to those who lost their property in the floods.
Around 39 people have lost their lives. There has reportedly been an overall loss of Rs 8,316 crore up till now, while 20,000 houses have been damaged.