Kerala: A doctor’s decision to install a rooftop solar power plant saves lives during floods
Dr. A.P. Sreekumar, a staunch environmentalist had little idea that his initiative to install a rooftop solar power plant at his house in Chengannur, in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, would help save lives during the devastating floods this year.
According to a report from TOI, when the electricity board had turned off power distribution at Chengannur to prevent further danger following the unprecedented rain and deluge, Sreekumar’s house in the locality remained lit up and sheltered five families in the neighbourhood.
His home became a centre from where the refugees sent SOS messages, everyone charged their phones and remained connected to the outside world. The doctor could also alert the local youths, police, fire and rescue personnel and others involved in rescue operations. He even managed to save the lives of an elderly man and his son stranded in the neighbourhood.
Indukantham Hospital run by Sreekumar, which is again solar powered also sheltered a few families. He and his wife Dr. Lakshmi Sreekumar administered first aid to many fishermen who were injured in rescue operations. The couple joined the medical camp at Chengannur after the flood waters receded.