Kochi

Awaking only to find one’s world in tatters

Sukesh with his family at the relief camp at Cusat. File picture  

When Sukesh regained consciousness, he was on a bed at the Government Medical College, Ernakulam. When he queried the hospital employees, he was told that he had been brought in from the relief camp at MES School near Eloor.

Sukesh, his wife Nandana, two daughters and his parents had moved out of their house on the Kalamassery-Eloor Road when the waters came flooding in earlier this month. But, after an attack of epilepsy in the camp, he was taken to the medical college on August 16.

He was unaware that the school in which they had taken shelter was itself being inundated by flood waters and that all the people in the camp had been shifted elsewhere.

Members of his family were then lodged at a relief camp at Edappally Toll. Only when he called up his wife from the hospital did he get to know the gravity of the situation.

He then asked them all to shift to the relief centre that had been opened at the medical college, so that they could be near him.

When the medical college closed the camp, they moved to another one at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) where they stayed till Thursday last.

When Sukesh went to his house to check it out on Thursday, he found that the compound still had floodwater. The whole family went back home on Friday. A church nearby provided them food for the day. “Water had risen up to the ceiling of the ground floor. Dirt from the flood waters is still visible on the fans. Don’t know how things are going to be. We have to start from scratch. Everything in the house has been damaged,” Sukesh said.

Sukesh, who does truss work on contract, expressed hope that he would be able to get some work soon. He and Nandana, even while facing the distress situation, hope to take forward their lives with determination.

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