Kerala took a breath of relief yesterday as the red alert was withdrawn from all its districts after weeks of turmoil. Over 350 people lost their lives in the incessant rains that have been pouring down on the state and resultant floods. With lakhs of people having lost their homes and currently taking refuge in relief camps, it’ll take Keralites months to rebuild their state.
However, every cloud has a silver lining and the one thing that shone through these dark days is how people have come together irrespective of caste, creed, religion and social status to help each other.
Videos and images of rescue work are consistently being shared on social media as a celebration of humanity.
— 🇮🇳CRPF🇮🇳 (@crpfindia) August 18, 2018
The defence forces, NDRF and police have been working tirelessly towards rescuing those stranded in the flood-ravaged districts. They stepped up to the need of the hour and proved yet again why they deserve to be hailed as heroes. And just like them, there have been many local men and women who have been on their feet for days helping their brethren, reminding us that heroes can be found in all walks of life.
A video of one such hero is quickly going viral for all the right reasons, as he got down on all fours in muddy water to help women climb into a rescue boat.
The 32-year-old volunteer who has been identified as Jaiswal KP, a fisherman, can be seen to barely hold his head above the water as the women step on his back to get into the boat.
Watch the video here:
The incident which is said to have occurred in a small village in the Malappuram district has gained Jaiswal loads of praise on social media as people hailed him as a “national hero”:
My hero Jaisal KP, who went down on all flours to help women climb boat. Least we can do is make him super famous. May Allah give him health and prosperity. What an inspiration! Photos via @Forumkeralam1 #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/TnOQuGmDla
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) August 19, 2018
He deserves all the accolades and praise that is possible from the entire land. My personal "pranaam" to this stupendous son of India. https://t.co/5JsicQRlvB
— avkoshy (@avkoshy) August 20, 2018
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Thank you Mr. Jaiswal.
So proud of your tremendous efforts to save the people of India. All our prayers and best wishes with you. https://t.co/Wrvf2kWh9Q
— Kzaya (@Kzaya1418) August 20, 2018
For people like this Fisherman volunteer humanity exists . God bless you
— Kirti Mishra (@kirtimishra1) August 20, 2018
Jaiswal is one of the countless fishermen who have come to Kerala’s aid in this time of need. Not thinking twice about the elitist discrimination they’ve often had to face, they showed up to rescue those trapped, often at the cost of damages to their boats.
Their selfless humanity hasn’t been in vain as people are overcome with gratitude for these men:
Many elitist keralites had this snobbish mentality towards fishermen (despite being such a fish-eating population!).
But when flood waters covered Kerala, they showed up and at current current count have rescued 1lac+ people. Malayalam social media is filled with tributes. pic.twitter.com/hp86EQuC8f
— The Last Caveman (@CarDroidusMax) August 19, 2018
This right here is the perfect example of when humanity trumps the many constraints we’ve set on ourselves that apparently make us different. People from across the globe have come forward to extend aid to Kerala in this time of need. And while the rains may have let up, the days ahead are just as challenging for the state as the state is estimated to have suffered an economic loss of almost ₹20,000 crores.
Every rupee counts at this time and we urge you to donate in any way possible to the many relief funds that have been set up to help the folk of Kerala rebuild their lives from scratch. Even if it means skipping your evening coffee for a day.