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Two families of 16 persons live in sheds beneath a bridge

Kottayam, Jun 28 (UNI) Two families, comprising 16 persons including small children, have been living in two sheds at the banks of Meenachil river beneath Kidangoor bridge here for years.
Children, who sat around old kerosene lamps to study, do not have any facilities to take part in online classes.
The children stayed at hostels and children homes when the schools were functioning. As the hostels were shut due to COVID-19 lock down, the children were forced to take shelter at the sheds.
When the river breaches its banks after heavy rain, the families shift their residence to wayside shops. They have one radio that works on batteries.
Sasi-Ambika and Satheesh-Sajeena, who are also relatives, are the couples living at this ramshackle home. They climb coconut trees for a living and two of them were injured after falling from the tree.
Among the children, two have just completed class ten while the other two, studying in class five and nine, were struggling to attend online classes.
The students were hopeful that the schools would reopen soon and able to return to their hostels before heavy rain.
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