Mannarkkad: The fire brigade and the civil defence units in Mannarkkad have built a boat to rescue people caught in floods during the rains in monsoon, which has set over many parts of Kerala.
The boat, made of discarded waste, was unveiled by district fire officer Arun Bhaskar, who took the first ride in it. It can accommodate up to four people at a time.
The boat has been made with wooden planks, plastic bottles and iron channels that were discarded as waste. It was built by the civil defence units of Mannarkkad under the supervision of the fire brigade.
Ashraf Malikunnu, Ashraf Parambulli, Biju Cherumkulam, Riyas Thiruvizhamkunnu and Saifukuntipuzha of the civil defence units were the ones who gave shape to the boat.
Fire officer Arun Bhaskar said the boat will be of great help in rescuing people stranded because of floods.
Mannarkkad station officer P T Ummer and assistant station officer P Nasser, besides the civil defence members Ashraf Malikunnu, Shihas, Ashraf Parambulli, and Biju, took part in the unveiling function held at Pothozhikavu on the banks of the Kunti river.