A man from a remote village in rural Kerala, who has not been heard from since the deadly floods in 2017, has finally returned to his home.
The man, identified as Nirmal Kumar, is a member of a small tribe of farmers who have lived their lives on a hilltop.
He has been unable to return to the village since the floods, which have killed at least 6,000 people.
“My mother passed away.
I have no family.
I am a nomad and I am not a farmer.
I did not want to be a part of a village anymore.
I could not come back to my village,” Nirmaraj Kumar told HT.
Kumar, who was born and raised in Kerala’s Kottayam district, was rescued from his village on February 10.
He spent a month in hospital and spent his final days in a nursing home.
“I have been on this mountain for nine years.
I had no idea how to reach home,” he said.
He said he had tried to reach his village but was stopped by a wall that prevented him from reaching the top.
Kampalavati village, which is about 60 km from Kottai, was declared a disaster area in the state on March 18.
A massive landslide on March 17 killed atleast 1,200 people.
The government is planning to build a wall to block people from reaching home and the nearby villages.
Kambam, a town of some 1,300 people, was also declared a hazard zone.
The village, however, is still under evacuation orders.
Kambam has been declared a non-operational area by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDFMA) as of April 17.