Heavy monsoon rains in the South Indian state of Kerala has led to unprecedented flood damage bringing the entire state under water. Flood alert has been issued in 12 of the 14 districts in the state. Over 300 people have lost their lives, and around 100,000 homes destroyed. More than 200,000 people displaced by the rains are now lodged in 1,500+ relief camps across the state under difficult conditions. With rains continuing to batter, many of the relief camps themselves are threatened by flood waters.
Sewa International announced an immediate grant of Rs.7 lakhs towards flood relief. Sewa International, along with its partner, Seva Bharathi Keralam, is involved in rescue and relief operations. Over 5,000 Sewa volunteers have fanned out distributing food packets and cooking kits, and are opening free kitchens and medical camps to help the flood affected.
Our volunteers in India/Abroad have been actively responding to any distress calls coming from the flood affected areas through social media (facebook, twitter, whatsapp) or mobile, and informing the respective authorities or local teams in the nearby areas. Local people with boats and vehicles are coming forward to help with our volunteers.These interventions have helped in saving many lives so far, and well appreciated by the community.
An additional 24 hour helpline number has been launched by our US associate which is responding to any distress call.
24 medical camps have been opened in Kuttalanad regions in Alappuzha District, one of the most flood-affected areas in the state. More medical camps are scheduled to be opened in the coming days. With the support of well-wishers and volunteers, various relief camps are directly organized by Sevabharathi providing basic supplies, food, accommodation, and medical services.
43 ambulances of Sevabharathi have been pressed into service in the flood relief work in different areas. Hundreds of common people are joining hands with Sevabharathi to support these initiatives and the organization is mobilizing clothes, food grains, drinking water bottles, and other material from the public to serve the affected people. In each district, a collection center is opened to collect the materials from the public and to arrange the transportation to relief places. The state leadership team of Sevabharathi is directly monitoring the activities in each district.