Kochi: Kashinath showed a laminated paper cutting of Mathrubhumi newspaper published on August 25, 2018 and said, ‘This is little me in the pic…’ One-and-a-half-year-old Kashinath is running here and there in the flood relief camp amid the crowd. Last year, he had to stay at a relief camp for about 20 days during the flood havoc.
“He is familiar with this situation,” the toddler’s mother Nimisha said sadly. She is wife of Karimbadam native Shaji. ‘Mathrubhumi’ Kochi edition newspaper of August 25, 2018 had published a picture of then 10-month-old Kashinath during the Onam celebration at relief camp.
When the flood repeated this year, he and his family came back to the same camp again. About 1000 persons from 400 families are staying in Pullukulam school. Kashinath’s grandmother Omana remembered that they were all set to celebrate the little one’s first Onam last year.
Their house is located near a river in Karimbadam. When the heavy rain on August 15 caused waterlogging in their house, they shifted to relief camp and thus plans of Onam celebrations ended. “I couldn’t feed my baby with the food I cooked on Onam day,” Nimisha recollected.
“We were getting back to normal life with the flood relief fund and borrowed money. The only relief was that our lives were saved. This time, we moved to camp when water started rising. Same school, same camp in the same Onam time…” she struggled to finish her words in grief.