Month: August 2018

Please do HELP- My hometown has been affected by severe flood, 100s of people have been killed so far!

The Indian state of Kerala which I belong to is now going through a difficult situation caused by an unprecedented flood. More than 300 people have been killed so far and 1000s have been isolated. Government forces and NGOS along with local people are trying hard to rescue those who stranded in various nooks and corners of the state. But the bad weather condition increasingly prevents them from extending their helping hands. On the other hand, people are about die of hunger and thirst!

Electricity, Mobile networks and transportation have been cut in majority of the places and most of them are in complete isolation. It is feared that the actual death toll is much higher than what we were able to trace until now and again, it will take few more days for the rain to recede. In particular, the condition of low lying areas is highly devastating that even 3 storied buildings have been submerged under the water.

Times Now Report

Kerala has’t witnessed anything such as this catastrophe in its entire history of existence. Even the much talked about flood here in 1924 wasn’t as catastrophic as the current one. It’s been 10 days since the shutters of around 35 dams were opened owing to heavy rainfall in their catchment area, which in turns has swollen all the rivers in their way to arabian sea. The narrow river Periyar is now flowing with a whopping width of over 7 kilometres diminishing everything on its path. Since such a calamity is entirely new to this region, we were unprepared which added to the diemma.

My condition– Since I came to Bihar a couple of weeks back, I have fortunately escaped from being exposed to the severe condition in Kerala. And, back in my home all are safe expect for being isolated. Our home is located in a hilly area of Idukki district. So, even though the rain doesn’t seems to subside any soon, my family members are completely safe.

However, all other parts of Kerala are in big danger. Roughly, a loss of worth of over 200 Billion indian rupees has been estimated so far and thousands are living in relief camps. They lost their hard earned assets and many lost their dear ones. Countless number of people are waiting for help in isolated areas without even having access to food or water for past 3 days!

As human beings, it is our duty to help our co-beings in all possible ways. I have been doing my level best to co-ordinate things in Kerala with the help of internet and mobile phone( I’m almost 3000Km away from my home!) All my friends are working sleeplessly to do everything possible by them. Even my brother @santhoshsankar is completely involved in the rescue works. He has been riding his auto-rickshaw free of cost for the past one week! Financial condition of every household in the state is rapidly declining. For many, things are out of control!

To those who are reading this on steemit, please do consider helping us rebuild our state. Many are helpless. They have lost their dreams. Looking for food and water..Struggling for life…

In case you are willing to do something, please click on the following links and contribute to the relief funds officially collected by the government-

Donate to Chief Minister’s relief fund- https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/

People in the US can donate through FB-

https://www.facebook.com/donate/237896263727840/

Even though it would be meagre, I will be donating every liquid steem I have with me along with what I will earn from this post to the official relief fund.

HUMANITY FIRST. PLEASE DO HELP!

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Its not forever.. I’m returning after a long hiatus!

Its a long hiatus indeed. Almost two long weeks it’s been since I had written something worthwhile on my blog. Infact, I was busy settling in an entirely new place as part of my new job.

As I had hinted in my last blog on steemit I was actually heading on my way to Bihar then which is located in the northern part of my country. this is for the first time that I’m travelling to that part of India and hence everything I confronted seemed pretty new to me.

As a jobless person since last one year for sure I can write a lot about the life of an unemployed soul. Luckily enough and partially because of my consistent perseverance I managed to get this job in Bihar which offers a decent remuneration for my work alongside setting the stage for learning new things. Anyway, I’m not venturing into making this blog fulll of some simple english letters. Let me share with you guys some photos which I think could  expalin the actual scenaries one can have access to while having long travels in Indian trains.

I started my journey from my hometown, Kerala. I happened to travel in our own state transport corporation’s Bus wwhich was quite very old. I took its photos nwhen we were outside for having a tea.. Climate was too chilling and there was heavy rain lashing oiut throughout the journey.

A side view of KSRTC..

It was Patna express running between Ernakulam and Patna happened to be my Train. After a long gap of almost two years I again saw a live moving train. This is not a joke I’m trying to convey as the place I belongs to has no train there since it is a hilly area.

I knew it well that after crossing the boarder of southern part of my country, especially the state I live in Kerala, It would be more of a herculian task to get to eat some Beef. In North India, opting for eating the meat of Cow and Buffalo is a thing heavily  frowned upon. So my wise brain asked me to eat the beef one last time while I’m home. I ate the beef for one last time before stepping into the train. I remember, It was a beef Biriyani. It will remain in my mind lush green until the next time I visit my home town! Maybe a few more months..

There were many things to be seen during the journey. One can enjoy the actual beauty of Indian villages during the travel by a train. A many of those sceneries were entirely new to me. I managed to capture quite a few. Here are those..

 

Apart from these outside views we get through windows the more interesting fact i found was the presence of people who commuted along with me. We had struggle in the communication part as none of them could understand neither Malayalam nor Tamil which I believe are my mother tongues. However, we managed to interchange words with the help of the broken english that we possess.

The place I was to alight was a station named Jasidih which is in Jharkhand. I had to sit in train for three full days and to pass through the states Kerala, Tamilnadu, andhrapradesh, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar before reaching the destination.

For the first time I saw the soil of  my opposite part of india through my naked eyes. The bus stand was not good at all. Maybe because of the procession going on as part of some religious deities..

Anyway, Now I’m in Bihar.. Will be blogging more about this place, place and many other things in the days to come!

Thank you for reading…

sathya

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