Mangalore: Family Seeks Help After Thunder Jolts Their Livelihood

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (CN)

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Mangalore, Oct 15: No one had expected thunder and lightning to change the course of a family’s life. But this is precisely what happened in a matter of a few seconds on Sunday October 12. An unbearable loss has shaken Robert (45) and Jacinta D’Souza nee Veigas (36), residing in Marathimulya in Manjanady village.

At 4.44 pm, Carmine D’Souza, Robert’s mother, was inside the house grating coconut. Robert and Jacinta were chatting with their three children in the courtyard. Suddenly, Carmine heard a loud sound and the entire house was plunged into darkness. She came out of the house with great difficulty and was shocked to find Robert and Jacinta lying injured and unconscious on the ground. Carmine did not know what to do.

Two of her grandchildren also suffered minor injuries in the incident. With the help of her younger son and the neighbours, Carmine took her son and daughter-in-law to the hospital. Their heads and necks have been injured severely due to thunder and lightning. They are still under treatment at a city hospital.

But another shock awaited Carmine on her return home. The house was completely damaged, except for the prayer room. The broken walls, tiles, and the window panes, are testimony to the intensity of lightning and thunder. Almost all the parts of the house have been damaged badly. Even electronics items like the refrigerator, television, grinder, two pump sets, as well as three coconut trees in front of the house have been totally destroyed.

Nishchita, studying in tenth standard, Royal, studying in fifth standard and four-year-old Renisha are awaiting the return of their parents from hospital. None of them know what to do if heavy rain pours as the tiles and walls of the house have been damaged badly. Robert and Jacinta were earning a livelihood by cultivating a small piece of agricultural land. The lightning and thunder has damaged their health as well as the property. It may take years to recover from the losses.

Local MLA U T Khader says that he is doing his best to provide compensation from the government. However, it will take months to reach them and even then it will not cover even a small portion of the damages sustained. Local social activist Valerian D’Souza is also doing his best to help the family. readers can also come to the rescue of this family through their generosity as you have done always, showing solidarity with the grief-stricken and downtrodden. Your kind contribution could well be directly sent to the below-mentioned SB account of Jacinta Veigas

S B Account No: 0219/220/25013
Jacinta Veigas,
Syndicate Bank,
Deralakatte Branch,

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    Comment on this article

    • george borromeo, mangalore

      Fri, Oct 17 2008

      I was grieved by the comments i read from bharath and michael. why cant we help them as their fellow religion mates.we got resources, we do not rely on govt. aid. every parishes have S.S.V.P. WHAT THEY ARE DOING?

    • Rashid, Uppinangadi

      Fri, Oct 17 2008

      It is every citizen’s social obligation to extend the humanitarian helping hand to the victims of such natural calamity instead of expecting everything from Government.

    • Royston, Manipal

      Thu, Oct 16 2008

      Could someone provide the complete address of Syndicate Branch, Deralakatte Branch. Thanks

    • Ophelia Dsouza Patrao, Miyar/Australia

      Fri, Oct 17 2008

      Sad News Hope all kind mangaloreans will read this and come forward to help this family. thank you Daiji for providing the details.hope we can reach underprivileged people this way.

    • Bharath, Mangalore

      Thu, Oct 16 2008

      Dear Michael, why do you want Yeddy ? why can't you help from your pocket, or ask the delegates who visited Mangalore in several groups ??? only to make political issue your Sonia Madam is there ???

    • Michael Lobo, Mangalore

      Thu, Oct 16 2008

      Now where is yeddy ?

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