Nilambur: Eight-month-old Vaiga had her first ever haircut at the relief camp at St. George Malankara Catholic Church in Kavalappara. She was all amazed at the new experience and looked around surprised.
Vaiga sat on her mother’s lap. But when Tamil Nadu native Saravanan touched her hair with a pair of scissors, little Vaiga started crying. The next moment, her cry switched to surprise again seeing many cameras around her flashing frequently.
‘Normally, babies are given haircut after they turn one year. She is having a haircut early because of fever and cold,’ Vaiga’s mother Vijina said holding back her tears. Vaiga’s house was completely destroyed in Kavalappara landslide.
The family was saved as they shifted soon after water level increased. Vaiga’s father Vinesh’s brother Shivan, his wife Raji, and children Shyamraj and Sreelakshmi were killed in the landslide. Among them, only Shyamraj is yet to be found.
Sixteen employees of Rambo Beauty Parlour at Pathalam in Ernakulam closed their shop and came to Nilambur for giving a haircut to the inmates of relief camps. Thoothukudi native brothers R. Ramar and R. Raju are running the beauty parlour. All staff in the shop were active in the camps in Nilambur helping more than 300 people.
When asked why they decided to offer service at the camps, the team from beauty parlour replied: “It was Malayalis who came to our rescue during Chennai flood. We Tamilians cannot forget their love.” Every employee returned after donating Rs 1000 each to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).