Kerala Floods: A million in camps and thousands stranded. UUKMA Charity On War-Footing to Mobilise Help

The state of Kerala in India, known as “God’s Own Country”, is currently under a state of emergency due to a widespread flood. This unexpected and 2-week long flood has already taken over 300 lives in total including small children.

More than hundred thousand families have lost their home, belongings and now living in temporary shelters. Many of them have lost their immediate family members and friends. The Total estimated damage as of yesterday (08/20) was Rs.9000 Crores which is around £ 80 Million Pounds.

The current statistics are as follows

  • 2nd worst flood after 1924
  • 13 out of the 14 districts severely affected
  • 23 bridges collapsed
  • 35 dams opened
  • From May 29th to Aug 17th, 2018
  • Over 211 landslides
  • Over 50000 houses damaged
  • 10197 km of Public Works Department (PWD) roads damaged
  • 60000 KM of Local roads damaged
  • 4000 transformers, 17 substations shutdown to avoid accidents
  • 30000-hectare agricultural loss amounting 770 Crore, 2 lakh farmers affected
  • Cochin International Airport closed
  • 16 helicopters for rescue operations
  • Over 100 teams of Army Navy, coast guard and NDRF
  • 3,14,391 lakh people rescued, 82442 people rescued on Friday only (17/08/2018)
  • 3000 rescue camps running

One of the good news from Kerala is that the worst of the floods is over. Rains have reduced, flood levels have come down, the sun has come up in some places, the vast majority of those who need help have been taken to relief shelters (though several are still stranded and perhaps have no means of communication to ask for help), most roads have been reopened, and power has been restored in some (but not all) places.

Everyone is now focused on bringing water, food, medicines, sanitary products, clothes, and other essentials to the relief centers. In a few days, people will have to get back to their homes (assuming those have not been washed away by the floods) and begin the arduous task of clean up and repair, which could perhaps take months. It is gratifying to see that generous friends like you from around the world have reached out with your help.

We are keenly following the developments back in Kerala and have been in close touch with many friends and family who have been helping at various relief centers. On behalf of those who were displaced, and those who were working to help them, we thank you for all your help!

You can read the live updates in English here: India Times News Outlet and BBC.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/kerala-floods-live-updates-situation-serious-in-many-districts/liveblog/65403405.cms

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-45242793

It is with a heavy heart that we draw your attention to the human tragedy unfolding in our home state in India. Kerala, the southernmost state of India, has been reeling under unimaginable destruction and damages to human lives and property as the state was subjected to unprecedented natural fury and calamities due to the torrential monsoon rains lasting for a week, aggravated by avalanches like massive landslides and all the thirty-three dams across the state overflowing.
The depth and dimension of the scale of devastation and human sufferings thrust upon the millions of people are unfathomable and beyond normal comprehension. Having nearly 400 lost their lives with hundreds more unaccountable or missing , 846700 people uprooted from their safety havens and relocated to temporary 3850 relief camps , hundreds of thousands of houses and other buildings irreparably damaged and become inhospitable, thousands of miles of roads washed away, complete transport facilities at stand still, Kochi international Airport closed down indefinitely, acute shortage of medicine and food compounded by fiercely inadequate medical facilities, the situation could not be worse by any standards . Cities, towns, and villages are fully submerged to devastating consequences. The state has not experienced anything like this in this century.
As the natural fury slowly dies out, Kerala is confronted by the aftermath of the tragedy of epic proportions: managing the immediate crisis of survival and rehabilitation and subsequent reconstruction. These Herculean tasks have to be carried out on a war footing in order to avoid a larger human tragedy in waiting in the shape of after-effects of the flood. Even though efforts are being made with a missionary zeal and passion to bring the state back to normalcy, the reality remains that the efforts and initiatives could not even touch the fabric of the gargantuan issues rearing their ugly heads at every corner.
At this critical juncture, Kerala and its people need your firm’s priceless support. The Government of Kerala has appealed to the world at large to donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. We passionately request your timely intervention in the form of aid to help us to circumvent the adversities and start rebuilding our lives from the scratches.
In this unfortunate scenario, every single penny counts to yield rich dividends manifold in terms of benefits to wipe off the tears of the affected.

Union of UK Malayalee Association (UUKMA), an umbrella federal organisation of the majority of the UK Kerala community associations, is spearheading an intensive campaign to raise resources in kind and cash to support the cause through the UUKMA Charity Foundation ( Reg No 1178288).

 

Volunteers in action conducting various fundraising activities to help Kerala Flood victims

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