Kochi: A group of fishermen from Puthuvypeen, who saved hundreds of lives in last year's flood, are taking no chance with the nature and staying back with their boats to ensure safety of residents living on the banks of river Periyar.
Though water started receding from several low-lying areas in Eloor, Muppathadam and Aluva regions, the 10 fisher-folks have volunteered to stay back with the Met department predicting another bout of heavy rainfall in the coming days, especially on August 14 and 15.
The fishermen arrived with four boats on August nine when the first spell of heavy rains started lashing the region. This after Eloor Fire Force sought their help as a precautionary measure after learning a lesson from last year's flood.
"It's not easy to mobilize resources at a short notice. Hence we're staying back for another week or so and are ready to help if things go worse. The IMD has forcast another spell of heavy rains and from our experience last year we know how quickly the flood water inundates houses on its two banks," said Sunil O S, one among the fisherfolk....