Due to the recent floods in Karnataka, 61 people have lost their lives and over 6 lakh people have been evacuated in the state. During this life-threatening chaos, the story of this stranded couple is one for the books.

Ratnabai and her husband, Kadappa are farm labourers and tenants on a five-acre mango and sugarcane farm. Employed regularly for seasonal work for the last six years, the couple had been living in the house for five months.

Source: Indian Express

As conditions worsened in Belagavi, the couple's livelihood took a turn for the worse. They spent the first two days stranded on the roof with just a plastic sheet to cover themselves. On the third day, as the house collapsed due to the flooding, the couple escaped and perched themselves on a mango tree. Kadappa told Indian Express,

The only thing I was worried about was her. On the second day, she went down from the roof to retrieve a sheet, and a portion of the house collapsed on her leg. I climbed on the mango tree, which was beside the house, and hauled her up using a rope and we waited out the third night.
Source: The News Minute

During the three days of absolute uncertainty that whether they'll survive or not, the owner of the farm, Jamadar stayed up all night to shine a torch at the couple in order to give them hope. He said,

All the officials and TV crew would leave at night. I remained across the stream in the water all through the night. I got a torch and kept shining it on Kadappa and Ratnabai to let them know they had not been abandoned. I considered them as my own family.
Source: HT

After the third day, an NDRF team finally managed to rescue the couple to safety and they were admitted to a hospital to check for frost bites, physical injuries, shock and trauma.

Source: New Indian Express

The homeless couple is now seeking shelter in a temple in Kadappa’s native Urbinahatti village, 15 km from the farm.