Nedumkandam: Bineesh, a native of Mavadi in Idukki district, built his dream house a few years back. He had spent all his earnings from his family's hardwork in the heat of gulf country for the construction of his house. But, in August 2018, his dream fell to the ground within a span of 48 hours during the deluge that hit the state.
In Bineesh and wife’s wildest dreams, they had not thought such a tragedy in life. On that day, Mavady area had no flood and landslides, but was heavily raining. It caused underground water current and soil underneath their house moved. But the geographical change was not visible outside. On August 14, cracks were noticed on the walls of his two storey house.
Sensing danger, Bineesh and family shifted to his brother’s house. By then, soil at the surrounded area of house had drifted away. On August 16, his house collapsed to the ground. Land to a distance of 4.5 kilometer, including his farmland, had developed a crack.
Though the loss was unbearable, the family is now on the path to survival. Revenue officials directed him not to take up any constructions at the same spot again. The family now bought a new house at Thannimoottil near Nedumkandam. Bineesh got Rs 10 lakh as compensation from the government. The bank which had loaned money renewed the loan for buying a new house, said Bineesh.
The damaged house has been completely removed from its location and cardamom planted there. After one year since the incident, only some parts of boundary wall remain.