Teen ends life after rains destroy school certificates in Kerala


A 19-year-old man allegedly committed suicide on finding that his Class 12 certificates were damaged in the devastation caused by monsoon in Kozhikode district, police said.

With his house fully waterlogged in the downpour, the man, Kailash, and his parents, hailing from Karanthur in Kozhikode district, had moved to a relief camp three days ago.

Kailash had got admission for a course in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and had purchased new clothes and set apart some money for higher studies, they said.

As the rains abated for a while, he returned home to take a look at the house and was shocked to find his plus two certificates soaked in water and in tatters.

A Police officer attached to the Kunnamanagalam station said the man's death came to light later in the day when his parents came to clean up the house as the water receded. They were shocked to see him hanging, police said.

His shattered father, a labourer, had pinned all his hopes on his son as all their belongings had mostly been destroyed in the rains.

In the worst-affected Chengannur in Alappuzha district, a woman was wailing saying she had lost her Aadhaar card, Ration card and all ID proofs. "All my belongings, my Aadhaar and Ration card and ID proofs are all gone. Only I am alive. My relatives do not even know that I exist," she mourned.

Heavy rains in Kerala have so far claimed 210 lives and forced over 7.14 lakh people to take shelter in relief camps in the state.

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