From an Army officer who is at the forefront of rescue and relief operations at Kochi:
“I have been in the centre of activities at Kochi. While there is no doubt the armed forces have been doing a tremendous job and it has to be acknowledged, I would like to bring out the differences I felt in this mission and the ones carried out at Srinagar, Chennai, Uttaranchal and Mumbai.
Firstly to the credit of the civil administration, they have also been in the front and have been operating along with the public. Unlike other places where they had hid themselves and were unwilling to show themselves to the public, here they were shoulder to shoulder with all affected people
Secondly, youngsters had on their own taken on the task of organising the efforts. IT companies had given their people off, to work on relief and rescue. These ppl had all sorts of software programmes created, to coordinate the efforts. The place where they were coordinating the efforts were teaming with the youngsters who were bringing in supplies and other essentials as needed. From my flat complex, young ladies had overnight collected over Rs 3 lakhs and were supplying packed food.
Thirdly, the fishermen community had on their own transported their boats and were rescuing the stranded. Similarly, others also had formed their own little organisations to rescue the stranded.
The population in general did not wait idly for the govt machinery to begin the actions as in other places.
I find tremendous happiness having seen all the groups work together without any sense of religion or caste or other divisions. I had gone to a church with rations and they directed us to a temple as there were more people there.
I am sure with such an attitude, in spite of our politicians and what a number of us say, this country has a good future.”
Great that there are enough people who still believe in humanity above all…. it’s better that the hate mongers keep out… it will be a favour to the nation.