Seeking help on social media

Social media was flooded with distress calls from stranded people as well as videos of swirling waters taking over homesteads, roads and riverbanks. The personnel of the Army, the National Disaster Response Force, the State police and the Revenue Department had a tough time reaching out to the people marooned in different parts of Kerala. Non-availability of dinghies and boats to carry out rescue operations was a major handicap. In one instance, Jeffy Jacob, a youth from Ranni-Thottamon, appealed to anyone ready to listen to him to immediately rescue two elderly persons at his home, including his 90-year old grandfather. The situation was no different in parts of Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram.

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