Sree Murugan, the ham radio man in flood rescue mission
Thrissur: When the floods hit the state, many ham radio operators assisted the State Disaster Management Authority in rescue and relief operations. Among them was Sree Murugan, a native of Thrissur, who took up the role of a messenger. Tied to a wheel chair with his ham radio, he dedicated his time to communicate the messages to the rescue team from his residence at Anthikkad in Thrissur.
With this mission, he helped in the rescue of many people from floods and provide food to flood hit areas.
Sometimes, his ham radio was the medium for communication to district collector and RDO.
When the deluge hit the state, he was busy sending messages to the rescue team for six days without rest. He received the messages from many flood hit areas through his ham radio community and transferred the same to the concerned authorities.
Ham radio was the only medium of communication in flood hit districts including Idukki.
Sree Murugan helped the pregnant ladies who were stranded by the floods to get into safe shelters. He arranged telephone facility to contact a team of doctors in Kottayam medical college to rescue the women.
Rescue teams including NDRF and army used ham radios during the rescue operations. Messages from these teams were communicated to district administration office through the relay stations operated by people like Sree Murugan.
Besides flood, Sree Murugan had experience in rescue mission during Gujarat earthquake and tsunami.
He helped the family of a Irinjalakuda native who got stranded in Gujarat earthquake to trace successfully. So when the survivor reached his home town from the disaster hit Gujarat he visited Sree Muruguan to express his gratitude.
When Tsunami hit various places, Sree Murugan took initiative to communicate the messages from Andaman to the district administration. The authority honoured him with citation for his efforts.
Sree Murugan, a polio-affected person got ham radio license in 1992. He is the secretary of Karunya Welfare Charitable society which takes care of 150 patients. This organisation runs a Jan Aushadi medical store and also an ambulance service.
Though unable to move from the wheel-chair, Sree Murugan continues his journey of service and charity as a role model for all.