Flood-battered Kerala breathes a sigh of relief as over 1000 fishermen row the flood stricken people to safety. The unrelenting rain has made it one of the worst monsoons for Kerala. At least 350 people have been killed and 10 lakh have been displaced. In this time of grave despair, the fishermen of Kerala prove to be the real heroes.

They were the first to have rushed and rescued people from all the affected areas like Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts and that too, with their boats.

Twitter has given loads of love to the fishermen aka “heroes” of Kerala. These fishermen are being hailed as “Heroes without cape” all over the internet. In fact, the meme making machines are also coming up with interesting things.

 

More than 1000s of fishermen have rushed to the flood affected areas, spent their own fortune to transport their mechanised boat and fuel in trucks. Their experience and courage is helping implementations of many rescue operations carried out by security forces and NDRF at places where air lifting is simply not feasible.

 

These fishermen are the same who had to face the aftershocks of Ockhi cyclone and are still themselves recovering. They have already been to some of the remote corners and have indeed played an important role in rescuing people from Chengannur and Kuttanad. These are some of the critical areas and they have also provided relief materials, food and drinking water to the camps. These fishermen come from the districtsMalappuram, Kollam, Kannur, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram.

 

Most of these fishermen live in terrible conditions, work day and night to earn their bread and butter. Despite the odds, they have taken the risk and have ventured out to help the needy.

 

CM Pinarayi Vijayan has been active and quick in acknowledging the good deeds of the fishermen. He has declared that all the fishermen who took part in the rescue shall be felicitated. He said, “The fishermen intervened in a great way. Many of their vessels got damaged. The government would compensate them for the loss suffered. Apart from that, a boat would be given Rs 3,000 a day and the state would meet the fuel expenses.” He has also mentioned that the initial estimates of the loss is INR 19,512 crores.

 

These fishermen being hailed as ‘sons of the sea’ truely deserve all our love and support. Kerala is undoubtedly going through a harsh phase. The situation can be made a lot more easier if everybody comes together and do their bit to save the people.

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