A young man, Muthukrishnan has been receiving accolades for the humanitarian work done during the recent floods in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Due to the heavy outpour of the monsoon, people in most parts of Tamil Nadu were unable to see the sun for more than ten days.
The state authorities opened all the dams and reservoirs to reach the maximum capacity due to a heavy downpour of rain on November 9.
It resulted in floods in all the water channels which linked with dams and reservoirs.
Muthukrishnan, a cab driver, saved five lives from a near-death experience.
He was driving towards Ramnad along with the guests of his boss. Along the way, he saw a car and ran into the water channel near Thirubuvanam, Thanjavur.
Without any hesitation, he ran into the fiercely running waters to save the people inside the car. There were a total of five people, including two children, inside the vehicle.
The lady inside the car was shouting for help. She cried to save at least the lives of her children.
Meanwhile, Muthukrishnan tried hard to open the door of the car. But he couldn’t succeed. Then he tried breaking the glass of the windows, which was also a failure.
As they were struggling inside the water, people traveling along the road gathered to help Muthukrishnan.
Few men came down to assist in the rescue operation.
Muthukrishnan first saved a child and handed it over to the people on the road. Then he held the second child to come out of the car.
As people were trying hard, the back door opened as it became more accessible for the elderly people to move out.
Later, the rescued people thanked Muthukrishnan and all the men who saved their lives.
But the gesture of the older person inside the car made Muthukrishnan emotional.
He says, “As I went to help them, an elderly person inside the car gave one edge of his dhoti through the window, thinking that I would drown inside the water. Even at the point of danger, their thought to help the person from drowning made me emotional.”
Father Kulandaiyesu Babu, the assistant parish priest of Soosaiyaparpatnam in Sivagangai district, learned about the news from social media.
“Such humanitarian concern makes the world a better place to live in,” Father Babu told Radio Veritas Asia.
Father Babu offers blessings to Mr. Muthukrishnan’s future endeavours.
“This humane act of has shattered all the variations,” the priest said, recalling the Bible verse: love your neighbour as yourself.
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