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Editorial: Shipping Fraternity, Kerala Needs Our Help

Port Wings, 22 August 2018:

God’s own country, Kerala, the beautiful paradise with its calm backwaters is devastated by the worst floods in more than 100 years. The loss of life and property is unprecedented. Many people have lost their homes and now spending their days in relief camps.

While various state governments, NGOs, associations, and school managements have extended their help by all means, including sending relief materials and money to Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster relief fund, Shipping fraternity  (as a whole) yet to respond to the national calamity.

However, the Cochin Port Trust has contributed Rs. 62 lakh (one day salary of all employees + port contribution) to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The persons, who are in heavily impacted districts in the state, including Palakkad, Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram, have reached to the world through their webposts and it has helped the volunteers to narrow down their targets to help.

In Kerala’s rescue in its moment of need, Indian Railways has dispatched 2.8 lakh litres of drinking water to the state. While financial help started pouring in to the state, others countries including UAE also proposed to send relief materials to Kerala.

To take stock of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and team went on an aerial survey and assessed the damage suffered by different parts of the state.

It is another heartening fact that five containers of relief materials have been dispatched to Cochin port via coastal shipping from Tuticorin.

Wherever natural calamities stuck in the past, Indians responded in all possible ways to bring things to normalcy in affected areas. Be it Kashmir or floods in North East, we responded well in the past and it is time for the Shipping fraternity show their strength to coastal state Kerala.

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