The floodwaters devoured their homes and their factory, knocking aside centuries-old wooden looms, sinking fabric worth lakhs of rupees and in the process, bringing their livelihoods to a virtual halt.
In Chendamangalam, a village in Kerala home to centuries-old hand-loom textiles which got ravaged by the recent floods, 'Chekutty', a hand-made doll fashioned out of sullied fabric, is emerging as a symbol of hope and unity.
The leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala rode a bullock cart in the heart of Kochi along with other leaders near the Congress party office in the city. In Thiruvananthapuram, former chief minister Oommen Chandy walked, backing the call for a national strike.
A senior police officer in Kerala attributed the high number of cases to the application of the said section in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act cases. Section 377 is often applied to strengthen the charges against the accused in POCSO cases, he said.
Rajashree R, a Malayali bisexual woman, a board member at Queerala, said, "I know legal change without social change isn't very effective... I don't know if this change in law alone would be enough to convince their parents to let them live their lives happily."
The flood-impact to the plywood business in Perumbavoor, which has, over decades, supported a strong timber-based economy, comes on the heels of the adverse effects of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the ban on high-value currency notes in 2016.
There has been a severe criticism of the manner in which the gates of major dams like Cheruthoni, Mullaperiyar and Idamalayar were opened simultaneously to release massive amounts of water into rivers like the Periyar which subsequently inundated regions like Aluva and Paravur.
Owners of small and medium-scale industries in these areas have to spend the next few weeks on concentrated cleaning and then running from pillar-to-post in search of government compensation and bank lending.
Rahul Gandhi was addressing an audience of nearly 200 men, women and children at the St Francis Assissi school in Athani who have faced the terrible consequences of the floods which have claimed more than 300 lives in Kerala.
Kerala floods: Kuttanad was one of the first regions in the state to be flooded in the heavy rains in the first week of August. As the water levels rose, lakhs of people were moved to nearby settlement camps at schools, colleges and auditoriums.
Kerala floods: The waters have receded, revealing the task ahead of Kerala to repair and rehabilitate. Vishnu Varma and Arun Janardhanan from worst-hit Idukki district, and Shaju Philip from Thiruvananthapuram take stock.
The roles of TV Anupama, district collector in-charge of Thrissur, and K Vasuki, of Thiruvananthapuram, in having a people-to-people connect during these trying times, is being praised on social media.
Abdul Salam says he exuded, for some reason, the rare confidence that his home, bigger than most in the neighbourhood, would never be flooded. Despite situated less than a kilometre from the Periyar, he had a firm belief the waters would leave him alone.
Outside the stadium, large military trucks, capable of moving through deep flood-waters, are parked waiting for supplies to be loaded. These trucks are primarily going towards the taluks of Aluva and Paravur which have been completely cut off from the rest of the district.