Mundakayam: The sight of your house and all your life’s savings being destroyed in a matter of seconds is the last thing you expect. In fact, this is the case of Pushpa, a housewife from Mundakayam, who had to witness her house collapsing in the flooding waters of Manimala river on Sunday.
The video of the house collapsing into the river was shared on social media and was an instant hit. Sadly, for Pushpa, life is uncertain from that moment onwards. She never expected that her house will be affected by the floods. Even the neighbours were present in the house hours before the incident.
“I have nothing else other than the clothes I am wearing. I am grateful to God for being alive. I was not inside the house when the accident occurred. Around 25 people from the neighbourhood were inside the house half an hour before the disaster struck. We were all outside the house when the tragedy occured in front of our eyes” she said.
It was on Sunday, that a two-storied house in Mundakayam, Kottayam was swept away by the force of overflowing Manimala river. The house which was near to the river belonged to Pushpa’s husband Jebin, who is a private bus driver . He was away for work when the incident occurred. His wife and daughter were only present in the house.
“It took me 27 years to build my house despite all the struggles in life. Now, all I have is this shirt and the lungi I am wearing. Now, I need to start my life from scratch. There wasn’t even time to save anything from the house. The identity cards, ration cards and other documents were in the house. But, I am grateful that nobody was hurt in the accident,” Jebin said.
Apart from the certificates, around Rs 2 lakh was also lost in the accident. The family is now residing in a cousin’s house and hopes to get some financial aid from the government.