Monday, November 22, 2010


Traffic Police bikes by the roadside

The army making their round after the Fire Brigade and Rescue Team

One of the ponds

The main river

Banks, clinic, some shops and offices weren't spared

Some old shops

A school entrance

Fancy a ride?

After hours and hours of rainfall, floods poured in early this month. Our home was inundated within hours after the state government decided to open all the dam gates to avoid the swelling dam from bursting. The authorities patrolled the streets regularly. We sat outside on the balcony watching people passing by walking, cycling, riding, driving or hitching a ride from lorries. The floods lasted for a few days. It was like a murky ocean out there. Having had the same experience a few years ago, it was quite a familiar sight. We survived nearly three weeks of no landline and Internet. That explains my silence in the cyberworld.


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Skyjuice,

This must have been a terrible experience.To sit in the house for days together is a very difficult thing to do. I wonder what you did for food.Did the lower part of the house get flooded?It looks like you are living in a low lying area.

It is raining in Kochi but not the way you have described.Now it rains mostly in the night and the day is normally bright.

I am sorry to read about this.I hope everything is over now.

Best wishes,

SkyJuice said...

Hello Joseph,

Yes, it was a horrible experience especially the cleaning up part. The moment we heard the dam gates were open, we stocked up on food, water, petrol and cash, rolled up the carpets and placed our belongings such as the electrical items on a higher ground, and parked our cars elsewhere. We knew it was just a matter of time. The lower part of the house did get flooded by several inches. Our area is about 60m above sea level, so it isn't a low–lying area.

It's the monsoon now, so it's still raining. Thanks, it's over now, but it was forecasted that there might be a second wave of floods early next month.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Skyjuice,

I think it would be a good idea to sell the house in the long run and move to a safer place.This will be a recurring problem every year.I can visualise how difficult it is vacate the lower part of the house and live upstairs in fear.All the muck and dirt from outside will enter the house and cleaning will be a painful task.

I hope and pray there will be no more flooding during this rainy season.

Best wishes,