The Hush Post: As Kerala is witnessing the worst floods after 50 years, different tales of people’s struggle for survival are emerging daily. The worst rains and flash floods have left 37 people dead and have rendered lakhs of people homeless. Over 50,000 people are reported to have been evacuated and shifted to camps by the authorities.
As the Keralites’ struggle for survival continues, a video has emerged that shows a man’s heroics to save a kid from the enraging floodwaters. The scene was caught on video by News18 TV channel and is now going viral on the internet and social media, a report said.
The video footage shows a man running across a bridge carrying a kid in his arms minutes before the Cheruthoni bridge is submerged under water.
The man has been identified as Kanhaiya Kumar. He is a constable of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and hails from Bihar. The NDRF constable saw a man holding the kid, waiting to cross the bridge as the water came gushing down. The constable ran towards the man and kid and dashed across the bridge without a second thought, the report said.
“I did not even have time to ask who the man was. I knew they had to cross and they were scared. They were many people on the side I was standing. Politicians, locals, officials, but nothing else mattered to me and I dashed off, carried the kid, and ran back, with the father following me. I am not new to this. I have six years of experience. With that experience, came my well-thought decision,” Kanhaiya Kumar was quoted as saying by the NDTV.
A report by the NDTV said that Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been with the NDRF for six years now, is trained in deep-diving from the 4th batallion of NDRF at Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu and has been part of several disaster rescue and relief operations across India. The NDRF constable is now being hailed as a hero online. The Cheruthoni bridge is presently submerged in floodwaters.
The footage was captured on 10 August as the fifth shutter of the Idukki dam was opened for the first time in 26 years, the report said.