Family Refuses to Leave 27 Dogs in Kerala Floods, Deny Rescue Ops
In a time of calamity, when most people save themselves and salvage whatever they can in the rising floods, a family of three from Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam endured nature’s fury for five days to save their 27 dogs.
Ambli, with her husband Ramesh Pulickan and son Keshav survived the rising water of Muvattupuzha river, which flooded their backyard. The river broke its banks and rose to over 14 feet.
When the situation got desperate, Ramesh was forced to swim underwater into his submerged home in search of rice.
“Luckily there was rice lying near the window in a plastic bag, and I managed to bring it up to the roof,” Ramesh said.
Their son Keshav said, “All our clothes, documents everything are destroyed in the flood. The water rose above the sun-view and all across the wall there are mud stains.”
Arun, who is a volunteer at Daya Foundation, finally reached the family four days later.
‘No Way We Could Have Abandoned Our Dogs’
Despite having been through the crisis, the family beams with joy, knowing they survived the worst and made it to the other side with their whole family, including the dogs, intact.
Video Editor: Vishal Kumar