With rains still pouring down heavily leading to flooding of dams and rivers across Kerala, the death toll in Kerala has risen to 77 as heavy rainfall threatened new areas. The current situation in the state has made ‘Satyameva Jayate’ actor John Abraham extremely disturbed. After all, his father, Abraham John, is an architect who belongs to Aluva, Kerela. The state is in a complete lockdown ever since several of its districts experienced torrential rains from August 8.
The Pathanamthitta district is the worst affected in central Kerala. The Indian Air Force has resorted to airlifting people in its rescue operation, getting all the media eyeballs.
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2018
This is the condition of Cochin International Airport, so one can well imagine what the ground reality is like:
That is the condition of Cochin International Airport today (CIAL). So you can imagine how the livelihoods are affected around with the flood and continuous rain..#KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/5dMOEmHlSU
— The Great Dictator..! (@tittoantony) August 15, 2018
Watch this distressed man with neck-deep water from inside his house as he may be just lucky enough to live stream the chaos around him:
— Sagay Raj P (@sagayrajp) August 15, 2018
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also visited the flooded streets of his constituency Thiruvananthapuram, which is less chaotic than other flooded places in Kerala.
The flood situation here in Kerala is really bad. The national media coverage has been grossly inadequate compared to the gravity of the situation here. It is a sad reflection of the truism that the farther you are from Delhi, the less you matter in today's India. pic.twitter.com/bohOK9jpda
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 15, 2018
Shashi has been visiting relief camps like this one set up in the Government Lower Primary School, Poovar. The school is now home to over 250 evacuees.
The Government Lower Primary School in Poovar has been transformed into a relief camp for over 250 evacuees. Talked to some young people before an incongruous cartoon image meant for the school's usual inhabitants! pic.twitter.com/jUGvz5Kztk
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 16, 2018
Amidst nature’s fury, ‘Dhoom’ actor John Abraham, who is currently riding high on his film Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran‘s success, has taken note of this situation.
Recently, the actor confessed that he wants to change Indian cinema with more realistic subjects. In an exclusive with IANS, he had said:
“As an actor-producer, I really want to change our Indian cinema so that people gain that faith to invest time and money on a Friday to go to the theater to watch a film produced by (my banner) JA Entertainment.”
And his latest movie ‘Satyameva Jayate’ has minted around Rs 20.52 crore at the box office on its first day. Also starring versatile actor Manoj Bajpayee, the movie got the nod from acclaimed film critic Taran Adarsh.
#SatyamevaJayate springs a BIG SURPRISE… Plexes are good, but single screens are ROCKING… Wed ₹ 20.52 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 16, 2018
So when John saw that the Kerela floods have literally swept the state, he immediately threw himself into action and has now urged people to come forward.
The actor has appealed everyone to kindly donate to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) to help the flood-hit people. He wrote on Twitter:
Extremely disturbed by what is happening in Kerala. My fondest childhood memories have been there. Please come forward and donate to the chief minister's fund. https://t.co/SzIywiupqA
— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) August 16, 2018
Speaking of actors, Prithviraj Sukuran’s old mother was heroicly rescued
by volunteers after his house got submerged.
— Forum Keralam (FK) (@Forumkeralam1) August 16, 2018
Meanwhile, actors like Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, Suriya, and Karthi have announced that they will contribute to the relief fund.