#SaveChellanam: How do we battle COVID with our houses submerged, asks residents of coastal town
COVID-hit regions like Chellanan are facing a difficult time battling the rising tides and the excess water from the monsoons. The residents of these towns are now asking why the governing bodies failed to act on their pleas.
Kerala has recently seen a surge in the Coronavirus cases after managing to control the deadly pandemic in the initial phases. The state has been at the forefront in India's battle against COVID-19 but recently admitted they have not been able to prevent community transmission in the state.
The Southern state's biggest hotspots have been the coastal towns of Poonthura (Thiruvananthapuram) and Chellanam (Ernakulam). But these regions, especially Chellanan, are facing a difficult time battling the rising tides and the excess water from the monsoons. The residents of these towns are now asking why the governing bodies failed to act on their request to provide a fortification.
"What should we worry about? If we go outside we get Coronavirus, if we stay inside we will drown," says the local residents in a powerful video highlighting the apathy towards a backward region by multiple governments. The people of Chellanam have long been demanding a stone wall to keep the rising the tides from entering their homes but all the governments have failed to deliver their request.
This year's battle has been compounded by the fact that the government now wants everyone to maintain a social distance. The local churches and schools were usually the safe havens during the monsoon season but these buildings are also now submerged. The lockdown means the residents can't move away from the localities to safer locations also.
The video also reminds everyone how the fisherfolks from these regions were the first to help when Kerala faced the deluge in 2018. But nobody is moving forward to save their home from the ever-rising water levels.
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According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2020, India is the fifth most vulnerable country globally to the climate crisis. The country recorded the highest deaths due to climate crisis-led disasters and the second-highest amount of monetary losses in 2018, said the study. Chellanam is an example of a locality that might soon go underwater unless the government acts swiftly.