Video Editor: Mohd Ibrahim
As rescue operations in Kerala draw to a close, the focus has shifted to rehabilitation – especially relief camps where lakhs of flood victims have been housed temporarily.
In Kochi, the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has been turned into a relief camp where 10 departments have opened their doors to over 4,000 flood victims from the district.
The students at the university have undertaken relief work and are ensuring that the displaced and affected are taken care of. From singing songs to bring some cheer to the camp, to helping the victims, the student volunteers are working hand-in-hand to uplift the spirits of those affected.
I can’t tell how much I’ve lost. It was only after we reached here that we felt better. All facilities are being provided here, be it food, clothing or medicines. We are 100 percent satisfied here.Johnson, Victim
The student volunteers say that the victims have been cooperative, without any demand, and that they have adapted to the situation fast and well.
They are getting adjusted really fast. Many people came and thanked us. They are getting more facilities than they expected.Ashika, Student Volunteer
From pregnant women to the disabled, the student volunteers have been assisting everyone at the camp.
The pregnant women aren’t facing any problems as such. There are many people here to take care of them. We are providing them with food and water on time. There is a surplus of supplies coming in.Adira, Student Volunteer
The Indian Navy has also joined in to help out the victims at Kochi University. They have even been cooking food for more than 2,500 victims. Three officers and 17 sailors are working round the clock to help the distressed.
This is the first time we are seeing such cooperation from the locals and the students. They are working with us round the clock and are giving us full support.James Joseph, Honorary Lieutenant, INS Vendurthy Indian Navy
While the floods have ravaged God’s own country, the spirit of the people remain undeterred. The state has parked mutual differences aside in the wake of floods.
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