Documenting Spirit of Survival

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2018 15:24:01


 

THE one-hour special documentary Kerala Floods - The Human Story on Discovery Channel is a poignant take on the indomitable spirit of Kerala who instead of losing hope, are steadily working towards rebuilding their beloved state.

The documentary is a celebration of the spirit of survival in the face of disaster; viewers will get to witness incredible stories of people coming together to help those in need - from fishermen turned rescue operators to the defence forces who provided aid, from actors who worked alongside NGO workers to get supplies to those in need to young entrepreneurs who devised ways to connect people at a time when the apocalyptic rain fury just refused to die.

The documentary also features the story of Sajitha Jabil who was just three days away from her due date, her labour pains had intensified, and water levels were still rising. She was airlifted in one of the most dramatic rescues of Indian Navy’s Operation Madad. By the afternoon, baby Subhan was in her arms unaware of the many storms his mother braved to bring him into this world.

The biggest flood in almost a century devastated most of the state. God’s own country will need to rebuild 218 bridges, nearly 35,000 kilometres of local roads, an estimated174,000 houses. Agriculture crops in over 46,000 hectares was destroyed. The loss because of the floods has been estimated at Rs 40,000 crores. This one-hour special documentary will be broadcast on Monday, November 12, at 9 pm, only on Discovery Channel.