Kochi: As flood waters rose to engulf their homes at Kainakary, a picturesque village in Alappuzha district, at least 20 families took refuge in a church cemetery and are living in the company of the dead with their domestic animals. Thankachan and his family refused to accept help and go to a safer place leaving behind their cows and goats. Kainakary is a sought-after spot by television serial makers due to its scenic beauty.
"We are not scared of living in the cemetery in the company of the dead. This is the final resting place of my father, elder sister and many other relatives who are buried here," Thankachan said. "We had cows and goats and we did not want to leave them behind," he added. Presently, there are 20 other families who have taken shelter at the graveyard.