#HealthOfKerala: ‘Now the most important task is to rebuild our home’

As rescue and relief efforts are being carried out across the state, flood-affected people who are returning to their homes are trying their best to pick up the pieces of their life which has been turned upside down by this great deluge. This is the worst humanitarian crisis Kerala is staring at in decades

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Although, the most formidable task is for people is to not only to rebuild their homes and find a shred of semblance of normalcy. It is also going to take a great deal of effort to come to terms with the losses they have faced. The loss of life and property is bound to be a traumatic experience in the minds of the people, which will take years to fade away.

To run away in order to save your live and see all that you have being washed away, even as you know its value and worth is a difficult thing for any human being. Coming back to an empty, dirty muck filled home is unnerving to deal with.

The rains have devastated their houses. The floodwaters have snatched whatever they had built. Their dreams have been shattered, and now they have a herculean task ahead of them to rebuild their life.

As we walk in the bylanes of Chengannur in Alleppey district of Kerala, one can see people who are cleaning their houses, with a little hope or no hope, that their belongings are safe. The rains have destroyed everything here.

Suresh George, a 45-year-old man is one of the thousands of people, who has lost everything in his native home. Suresh, who lives in Bhandup, Mumbai, has reached his village just a few days back. They are feeling utter desolated by the damage done to their lives.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Suresh George, said, “We have a daunting task ahead of us to clean the house. It’s completely messy and filled with mud all over. We are trying to salvage whatever we can. My wife and I, had a dream to build a home in our village, and that dream is now broken as everything we built has washed away in the mud. All of our important belongings have gone missing.”

Suresh and his wife Anuradha, along with his mother, Mouli are facing a difficult time without drinking water and electricity.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Anuradha George, said, “Our house is not in liveable condition. We can’t sleep inside the house, it is stinking a lot, as the mud is still there on the house. We are still trying to figure out how to re-start our lives. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact, that everything we had is lost. We have to be strong in this time of desperation and anguish. Now, the most important task is to arrange for some labours that can repair our house. It is very hard to find labours here.”

She further narrated about what they experience when they arrived from Mumbai to gauge the situation, Anuradha said, “When we had come here, we had to stay in a hotel for three days. And then, we came home. My father-in-law is an Ex-serviceman. All our prized possessions are gone. Now the question is where to start, where to go and how to complete the work.”