Study centre offers to restore documents dampened by floods

Paithruka Padana Kendram opens facility in Kozhikode

The loss of valuable documents, including certificates, passbooks and land ownership papers, worries a large number of people affected by the floods in most parts of the State.

The Paithruka Padana Kendram in Thripunithura in Kochi has offered to restore such documents, as best as possible, much to the relief of the flood-affected. The Kendram has opened a temporary facility at the Pazhassiraja Museum in Kozhikode to cater for the specific needs of people in north Kerala who have been largely affected by the floods this year.

“If the documents are soaked in floodwaters, they will tear off when folded or opened. Drying in the sun and keeping near the hearth will lead to the paper powdering or the letters fading,” a person at the Kendram said.

At the Kendram, documents will be chemically processed and restored as best as possible with the help of officials from the Archaeology Department. “The process used for preserving archaeological documents will be followed in this case too.”

Those who need the service have to pack the damaged documents as they are in a clean cloth or paper and take them either to the Paithruka Padana Kendram or Pazhassiraja Museum where they will be processed free of cost. The service will be available from August 18 to 27 from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

The Kendram had provided the service after the floods in 2018 as well.

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