An Indian couple arrived for their wedding in unusual style after walking through the flooded streets of their town in a cooking pot after heavy rains wreaked havoc in the country’s southern state of Kerala.
Images shared on social media showed the newlyweds trapped inside the aluminum ship as two men and a photographer paddled the couple down a submerged street.
The couple allegedly borrowed the pot from a local temple, adding that it was “the only option” available in the short term, local news agency PTI reported.
Undeterred by the floods and landslides caused by the heavy rains that killed at least 27 people across the state, the two were unwilling to postpone their big day.
Later footage showed the bride and groom arriving unharmed at a small, partially flooded temple in Thalavady where they exchanged floral garlands, a tradition in many Hindu wedding ceremonies.
“It has become a wedding we never imagined,” the bride told local news channel Asianet.
The couple were determined to carry out the ceremony despite the extreme weather conditions.
“I should have booked a boat instead of a car …”, we can hear a man say in the background of a video, reported Agence France-Presse.
According to local media, husband and wife Akash and Aishwarya are both healthcare workers at a hospital in Chengannur.
Heavy rains have caused severe flooding and deadly landslides throughout the state in the past four days. Rivers overflowed and bridges and roads washed away – in some cases entire towns and villages were cut off.
Images of the area showed cars and buses submerged in flood water as several houses were washed away by mud and debris.
Rescuers searched for survivors on Monday as the military, navy and air force assisted with relief and rescue operations.
Sheeba George, a top Idukki district official, told local media that dozens of families were evacuated from their homes before the dam opened.
The state government said it had evacuated thousands of people and set up more than 100 relief camps.
Widespread rains, including isolated heavy showers, are expected to hit the region for the next two to three days from October 20, the state government said on Monday. In 2018, floods killed nearly 500 people in the worst flooding to hit the state in nearly a century.
With Agence France-Presse and Reuters