A pleasant surprise awaits anyone visiting Ranni town a year after the floods. The place looks magically transformed, as though touched by some life-giving boon.
Four-year-old Sooraj, the child who was taken to hospital by NDRF personnel Kanhaiya Kumar over a raging Cheruthoni river during last year's floods, lives right above the iconic bridge.
Kanhaiya has come back to Kerala. He is currently stationed at the landslide-hit Wayanad.
The homeless couple has been living in a school after landslide destroyed their house in August last year
What happened at Panniyarkutty was so momentous that no one initially knew what happened to the lonely house less than 200 metres ahead of the town, along the Ponmudi dam top road.
Saji and Sanitha had miraculously escaped a landslide in the 2018 rain and since then they have been struggling to get out of the trauma.
Onmanorama re-visited the same set of people we had come across last year in some of the most devastated spots in the district. Their reality has altered so much that old tools of survival are simply not enough.
Subair lost everything in 2018 floods and one year after the tragedy life is still a huge struggle for this homeless man.
Music band 'When Chai Met Toast' is coming up with an ode to the engrossing camaraderie that helped steer Kerala out of hardship during the floods. Titled 'Nee Aara', the song will be released on August 8.
Rajmal, Rajinas and Rishal lost their parents in the worst-ever landslide in Wayanad district on August 9.