Many Malayalis from Rajasthan stuck in flood-hit Kerala

JAIPUR: Thomas Joseph, a resident of Govidpuri at Sodala in Jaipur, is a worried man. He had gone to his native place at Uzhavoor in Kottyaam district in Kerala for his daughter’s marriage on August 23.
But he is not sure if the marriage would indeed take place as the groom’s house is in distant . Though Kasargod is relatively unaffected by the flood fury, reaching there is an onerous task as they had to pass through the worst affected areas of Ernakulam, Trichur, Calicut and Palakad districts.

“The roads have washed away at many places and rail services yet to be restored.” He added that the engagement scheduled on August 19 could not take place as the groom’s family could not reach the bride’s place in Kottayam due to the flood.

“I hope that with the water started to recede, the situation would improve, and the marriage would be solemnized on schedule.”

There are many such families who had gone to flood-ravaged Kerala stranded there with rail and air connectivity in tatters.

Joy Mathew, another Keralite working in Udaipur, told over phone from Kerala that he had gone to his native place in Kottayam district for a family commitment but could not return to Udaipur. He said though the railway claims that services have restored, at many routes long running trains are not yet started. He said he had booked ticket for Ahmedabad on Monday, but the train was cancelled. He said the air service started from the Kochi Naval base on Monday in unaffordable to a common man.

Laisamma Antony, a Keralite working in Jaipur alleged the Indian Railway of looting the commuters in this crisis. She said, the Railways which had cancelled the train to Kerala had not refunded the entire amount of the ticket but had deducted the cancellation charge.

She asked, “Why the Railway deducted the cancellation charge when the train was cancelled for no fault of the commuters.”

Meanwhile, the Kerala Samagam in Jaipur had also joined the relief efforts by mobilizing fund for their compatriots living in Jaipur and other areas. K M Raju, Kerala Samagam president, Jaipur said, “We plan to mobilize at least Rs 10 lakh from Jaipur to be contributed towards the chief minister’s relief fund.”

Govt staff to donate one-day salary

The government employees in Rajasthan have decided to contribute their one-day salary to the Kerala flood relief fund. The IAS Officers Association of the state, too, would contribute to the relief fund.

All officers and employees of the Rajasthan Assembly secretariat have announced to donate one-day salary for the people affected in Kerala on the appeal of Speaker , said secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain.

Chief secretary D B Gupta said, “IAS officers are with the people affected in Kerala and would donate one day salary for flood-affected people in the southern state”.

The state unit of the Congress has sent two trucks of relief material to Kerala. The trucks were flagged-off by state Congress chief .

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