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Kerala thanks the tireless sentinels

Kerala will never forget your helping hand, Chief Minister tells defence forces

As the State embarks on rebuilding itself, the scars of the calamity will persist for the times to come.

Amidst several saddening accounts of lost lives and the great extent of damage are inspiring tales of the valiant efforts made by the Indian Armed Forces in rescuing many thousands of those stranded in flood-ravaged areas.

Brave acts

Be it the scene of an airborne Garud Commando winching a two-year-old boy to safety from the terrace of a building that was fast submerging in rising waters in Alappuzha or that of two Coast Guard personnel bringing a 10-day-old baby to safety by walking perilously on a ledge of the first floor of a flooded house in Kadungalloor, they will remain etched in the memories of many.

The State’s heartfelt gratitude was evident in the lasting sight of a note of ‘Thanks’, which was painted on the rooftop of a house near Aluva from where 25-year-old Sajitha Jabil had been rescued by a Navy team, only a few hours before she delivered a baby boy at the Naval hospital INHS Sanjivani in Kochi.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan placed on record the State’s appreciation for the efforts of the Defence and paramilitary forces at a ceremony held at the technical area of the Southern Air Command at Shanghumughom on Sunday.

“Kerala will never forget your helping hand during these times of distress. When tears and rains became one, you rose up and spread warmth like the sun. We thank you for raising your will higher than the waves of the flood waters,” the Chief Minister said, while addressing members of the multi-agency rescue mission.

Indomitable spirit

Air Marshal B. Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, termed rare the State’s gesture. He also appreciated the indomitable spirit of Keralites who, he felt, remained strong and were able to overcome every odd.

“I have found their spirit alive during my interactions with many at the relief camps,” he said.

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