Kannan Gopinathan, a 2012 batch IAS officer serving as district collector in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, worked at relief camps in flood-ravaged Kerala for eight consecutive days. He helped in the flood-stricken area by carrying large packages on his head and offloading relief material from trucks in the port city of Kochi.

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He had arrived in Kerala on August 26 after taking a leave from his job to help his home state battling the deadly floods. Kannan is a native of Kottayam and after coming to the state didn’t reveal his identity and was working as a volunteer helping the people in need. After completing his visit in the five flood-stricken districts, he tweeted saying it was an enriching experience for him.

“I didn’t do anything great. I was just a visitor. You have to talk to officers who live in the midst of the affected since the flood hit the state. They are real heroes,” Gopinathan told The Hindustan Times.

Describing the incident embarrassing when people gathered to click selfies with him after a senior currently posted in Kerala recognised him helping at a relief camp at the Kerala Books and Publications Society office.

“Some officials even said they were sorry if anything they had said had hurt me. I thought if I remain there it will be a big disservice and left the place the immediately,” he said.
“I don’t want it to be a story. It is unfair if you glorify me. Real heroes are there on the ground. If we keep the spirit like this I am sure Kerala will overcome the tragedy soon,” Kannan added.

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The 32-year-old IAS officer in the past has been known for his work in Aizawl while he was posted in Mizoram. He has also developed an application in the past that alerts people about natural disasters and helps in knowing the status of power supply in his district.

The Kerala tragedy, which left over 400 dead and 13 lakh homeless, where the State is seen trying to regain its strength and repair the loss, our Government is trying their bit and so are The Indian Army and the Navy.

It is our turn to help the state in any way we can. Donate any amount you wish to, to the Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund.

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