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Grim memories haunt residents

G. Krishnakumar
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Shattered dreams:Gopalan and his family lost their house in Friday's landslip at Naalam Block of Paingottur panchayat.— Photo: H. Vibhu
Shattered dreams:Gopalan and his family lost their house in Friday's landslip at Naalam Block of Paingottur panchayat.— Photo: H. Vibhu

: Eleven-year-old Anjana was watching her favourite television programme on Friday evening when she thought she heard an aeroplane flying close to her house at Naalam Block in Puthakulam ward. But it took only a few seconds for the Class 7 student of Iype Memorial School at Kaloor to realise it was not the sound of an aeroplane, but the fury of Nature in the form of falling rubbles descending on the area.

A survivor of the massive landslip that hit the sleepy village claiming five lives, Anjana clutched her mother’s hand as she recalled the images of the tragedy on Saturday morning.

“I ran to a safer place along with my friend but was unaware of what had happened to my grandparents and mother who were at home when the disaster struck. I could see huge boulders and mud coming down from the top of the hill,” she said.

For Gopalan, 68, her grandfather, the avalanches of debris and mud not only shattered his life but also his dream of owning a new house that was constructed with financial assistance from the panchayat.

“I was planning to conduct the housewarming on the auspicious occasion of Chingam. But there is nothing left. I am happy that my wife, daughter and grandchild are safe,” he said.

Mr. Gopalan’s wife, who was yet to recover from the shock, said she was looking for her grandchild even as the landslide consumed everything in its path. “I fell down and injured myself before my husband told me that Anjana was safe,” she said.

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