Housewife tries to kill self over delayed flood relief

Housewife tries to kill self over delayed flood relief
The house was washed away in the strong flood currents in August last year.
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Nedumkandam: A 42-year-old woman here tried to end her life as she was fed up knocking the doors of government offices seeking compensation for flood-damaged house. Ironically, the very same day the housewife, Bindhu, consumed poison came, the government sanctioned her Rs 4 lakh.

Bindhu, wife of Raghu of Vellapalli at Cheenippara, was admitted to a private hospital at Thookupalam in a serious condition on Wednesday morning. The authorities had sanctioned an amount for Bindhu during a meeting held at the collectorate that evening.

After the house was washed away in the strong flood currents in August last year, Bindhu's family of five comprising Raghu, mother Bhavani and two children have been living in a shack. They had received the state government’s flood relief aid of Rs 10,000 and the kits distributed by the panchayat.

Housewife tries to kill self over delayed flood relief
The shack in which the family has been living after the floods.

The hapless family’s application for availing the benefits under the Life Mission housing scheme was rejected on the grounds that they owned 27 cents of land. The family bought a new piece of land to build a new house as the earlier place where they lived was no longer habitable. The couple had laid basement for the new house with the money borrowed from several people.

"Bindhu ran from pillar to post seeking aid and was disturbed over the disappointing response at government offices. That is when she decided to end her life," said Raghu. He is finding it hard to foot the medical bills of Bindhu, who is currently hospitalised.

Meanwhile, Udumbanchola tehsildar P S Bhanukumar has said an amount of Rs 10,000 has already been handed over to Bindhu's family, and the second instalment of Rs 4 lakh has been approved.

The family's damaged house reportedly did not figure in the first geotagging survey. But it was later included in the second list prepared on January 18.

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