LIFE

Nightmare Diwali

THE FESTIVAL of lights turned out to be a nightmare for the residents of an old age home at Kunrathur. The thatched roofing of Viswanaaths Old Age Home caught fire after a rocket fell on it on Sunday, one of the bigger casualties of the day of celebrations. However, the inmates, about 15 women in the age group of 65 to 85 years were brought to safety with the help of volunteers and some neighbours. But, the fire destroyed their belongings and they are in urgent need of some basic necessities. The old age home has been operating modestly, on the rooftop of a rented premises, with donated furniture and a thatched roof, the Trust running the home says. Many of the inmates are from indigent weaver families. Their contact number is 4780080.

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