That moment was unforgettable… land nearly consumed us
Cheruthoni: “I was awakened by a loud noise, like something heavy was falling over the house. I kept my baby close to my heart and ran out of the house. I screamed to the top of my heart so that grandpa and Grandma would hear me, but due to the age-related ailments they couldn’t save themselves”, said Jessie , who has not recovered from the shock.
Jessie has housed herself along with her one-year old baby in the rehabilitation centre at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Kanjikuzhy.
Periyar Valley native Jessie, her husband Vipin and their baby had just moved to their grandparents’ home in Keerithodu. Since the Cheruthoni dam shutters were to be opened, the government had issued evacuation notice to the residents in the vicinity.
The landslides occurred early morning around 3.30 on Thursday. Jessie nearly escaped with her one-year old child Angel Maria, from the floods and landslips.