Landslide washed away Rani, her family in Puthumala; left behind her hard-earned coins
Puthumala: After three days of rescue operations in Puthumala landslide site where about 50 people are reportedly trapped under debris, volunteers dug out the body of Rani from the mud on Sunday.
In their course, they first spotted Rani’s hand that wore bangles. Soon they found a tip of her red sweater. Her body was recovered from the debris accumulated where her house had stood, which she believed to be the safest place ever.
Including Rani, four died here who lived in the same padi – a common accommodation for plantation labourers. Rani’s husband Selvan, neighbours Ajitha and Shailaja also were washed away in the flood water along with Rani.
Along with Rani’s body, rescue operators found two bottles in which coins were stored which she earned from the hard labour at the tea plantation. The containers had coins of Rs 1, 2, …. and few Rs 5 currencies.
Rescuers carefully moved all these stuff to safer place. Natives of Wayanad know the value of these coins earned by a plantation worker who barely earn Rs 300 per day.
From the debris of Rani’s house, rescuers found a Rs 500 note safely packed and kept in a box. Besides that, some valuable items belonging to Rani were also found such as a towel and few dresses packed inside a plastic cover. All these were recovered and stored in a container safely.
Even though the rescuers knew, Rani will never need them, they handled it with utmost care and respect. Because, Rani had valued them and might have kept them safely for her beloveds.