Rain and wind blew away the roof atop their heads, snatched the morsel and sank the crops they had hoped to harvest in a month. It has left them dependent on government doles.. H. Vibhu captured the ongoing saga of destruction.
Ayyappan, a 36-year-old temple elephant panicked during a festival and ran into a swamp in the Kumbalam lake in Kochi. Though the ten-hour rescue effort to pull it out of the mire was succesful, the tusker died minutes after the rescue from injuries sustained during the operation. Photos: Thulasi Kakkat