Soumya Santhosh with husband Santhosh and son Ado
IDUKKI: Malayali nurse Soumya Santhosh, 32, hailing from Keerithodu close to Cheruthoni within the district, was about to shift from the world inside minutes when she was killed in a rocket assault at Ashkelon in Israel.
Talking to TOI from Israel, Soumya’s sister-in-law Sherly Benny mentioned that she was killed throughout a video name together with her husband.
“Rocket assaults have been growing within the area for the final a number of days and Soumya and the previous lady she cared for had determined to shift to the girl’s daughter’s home in Tel Aviv. Simply earlier than shifting, Soumya was on a video name together with her husband whereas having her meals. All of the sudden, there was a loud sound and he or she was out of the cellular display screen and didn’t reply. My brother frantically known as me to examine concerning the state of affairs. That’s after we got here to know of the incident,” she mentioned.
“The incident occurred at round 3:30pm (Israel time) and 6pm in India. The media reported that Soumya and her affected person have been killed within the rocket assault. Nonetheless, solely Soumya was killed, and the previous lady’s leg was reduce off and is now in hospital,” she added.
“I visited the spot and recognized Soumya’s physique, which was shifted to a hospital in Tel Aviv. I discovered the half-eaten meals that she was having,” Benny mentioned. “Soumya reached right here eight years in the past. I too work as a caregiver in Ashdod, round 20 minute drive from Ashkelon. Over 600 Malayalis are working within the area,” she added.
Rocket assaults are frequent in Israel and most of them are destroyed by the forces within the air itself, however this one by chance fell into the residence, she mentioned.
Household in shock
In the meantime, Santhosh, Soumya’s husband, mentioned that she had determined to return from Israel and settle right here. “Soumya had gone to Israel to repay the household’s money owed. She had come to Keerithodu two years in the past. She deliberate to return final 12 months but it surely was postponed on account of Covid-19 pandemic. It was a shocker since she died whereas on a video name with me,” he mentioned. Soumya is survived by Santhosh and their youngster Adon at Keerithodu.
CM assures assist
The chief minister mentioned that the state authorities is taking all of the attainable steps to deliver again Soumya’s physique. Principal secretary (Norka) Ok Ellangovan has already contacted Indian ambassador to Israel Sanjeev Singhla, who has knowledgeable that the embassy has already contacted the native administration. He added that the federal government has additionally requested to take mandatory steps to supply deserving monetary compensation for her household.
Idukki MP Dean Kuriakose mentioned, “I’ve despatched a letter to international affairs ministry to hurry up the method to deliver the physique to Kerala. The officers have assured that they are going to take steps to deliver the physique to her native place on the earliest.”