Luka on Olympic high,village down in flood

When Tintu Luka qualified for the women’s 800m semifinals in the Olympics,her family back in Kerala was just lucky enough to catch the race on TV — but away from home in Valathode village in Kannur

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:August 9, 2012 1:58 am

When Tintu Luka qualified for the women’s 800m semifinals in the Olympics,her family back in Kerala was just lucky enough to catch the race on TV — but away from home in Valathode village in Kannur.

Tintu’s mother Lissy and youngest sister Christina have been stranded in Kannur town since Monday after heavy rainfall submerged a town en route to their village. “We came to Kannur on Monday to visit a doctor and planned to return the same day to Valathode. Unexpected downpour inundated Iritty,a town near our village,61 km from Kannur. Bus services were suspended. The power supply and telephone have gone erratic in the village after landslides in the Iritty region,” said Lissy.

She decided to stay in the house of a relative in Kannur to watch her daughter’s performance. “Bus service through Iritty resumed today after water subsided. But we have no guarantee about power supply in our village,which is 15 km from Iritty.”

Lissy said she would go back to her home only after watching the daughter’s semifinal on Thursday. “I do not want to miss that rare moment,” said Lissy.

Tintu’s father Kulathingal Luka works as a mason in Saudi Arabia.

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