#HealthOfKerala: ‘The one who gives us water will be akin to God’

The condition of people in relief camps is bleak, they have not only lost everything they had, but also are struggling for the most basic resources such as drinking water. The rains have completely obliterated everything

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The scale of the devastation brought on by the floods in Kerala is truly unfathomable. While the floodwaters have receded in certain parts of the state and people are returning home to salvage whatever they can..

The most vulnerable victims of this onslaught are the women and children. They have been impacted the most and scores of families have been displaced. As the rains ease, the risk of the spreads of diseases is rampant. And children are most susceptible to illness

During such dark times, we wonder – is there a God? And if yes, then is there salvation from all this destruction around us. Why has nature unleashed its fury on us? Will we ever be able to go back to the life we had? What will we do now? Where do we start? These are some of the questions which are drifting through the minds of the flood-affected people.

At Parumala Church in Alleppey, a relief camp has been set-up with more than 2,000 people who have taken shelter over here. These people have been staying in the camp since the last seven days. They are struggling to get on with their lives.

We spoke with Tushmi, a 23-year-old woman who comes from Parumala, near Nenmara area, in the Alleppey district. Before the merciless deluge, she worked as a nurse at the local medical college. She has been living at the camp for the past few days, her one-year-old son has a burning fever and she is very worried about his health.

With a disconsolate expression across her face, she said, “The biggest challenge we are facing here is a lack of drinking water. There is no fresh drinking water available here. Whosoever provides us drinking water will be like a God for us. We really need water. There are old people, infants and young children who need water.”

She further added, “The rains have finished everything. Whatever we had earned to last us for our entire life, was lost in just one day. Now we don’t have a single penny to our name. How to live? How to go forward? Rebuilding our life from here on will be the most difficult task.”

But Tushmi is not alone in her plight and suffering over here at this camp; Mini, a 34-year-old housewife, echoes her sentiments and is similarly in distress, she has been having sleepless nights ever since the time she has left her home.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, an aggrieved Mini, said, “I have an ailing son. His both kidneys have failed. Currently he is on medication. We are living with our relatives. We can’t go to our homes. In few areas, the water has not yet receded. And people are still stranded there.”

Mini further added, “Where we will go? We have spent entire life here. And now we are homeless.”