Kerala, India - Flood crisis
600,000 affected by fatal flooding in Kerala, India - Declared as the worst flood in a century, the people of Kerala, India, have never faced a deluge of this magnitude before. More than 85,000 people have taken refuge in 718 relief camps. Many are helpless and homeless without even necessities of food and water.
Caritas India teams are on the ground reaching the most isolated areas with concentration of marginalised Tribal and Dalit populations besides other vulnerable communities. We are also coordinating with the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (Government of Kerala) and other NGOs.
Thousands of people have been rendered homeless, as houses and roads collapse due to floods and landslides. 34 out of 36 dams have been forced open; releasing nearly 11 lakh liters of water per second. This has engrained fear and panic amongst the communities. While the official death toll is 107, the figures are still rising.
Declared as the worst flood in a century, the people of Kerala, India, have never faced a deluge of this magnitude before. More than 85,000 people have taken refuge in 718 relief camps. Many are helpless and homeless without even necessities of food and water. More than 24,000 hectares of agricultural land is submerged.
Kerala state has received 30% more rainfall than it usually receives during the entire season. There is a red alert for all the districts. It is estimated that more than 600,000 people are severely affected.
More than 600 landslides have been reported from the hilly areas affecting the road connectivity and isolating the tribal and other populations.
The worst part is that the heavy rains are continuing, and the weather forecast is for very heavy rains to continue..
Caritas India has also prepared the following 2 minute video available on YouTube or by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySNYyWCG0xU&feature=youtu.be )
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has sent a solidarity grant to Caritas India who are responding to the community needs. In addition of anyone would like to make a donation to help Caritas India and the people of Kerala then we would welcome your contribution. Simply “Donate Now” to the “General Emergency Fund” and in the “specify other allocations” box type “Kerala India”.