Incessant rains have led to severe flooding across the state of Kerala. Over 32 million people have been affected, with homes and crops wiped out.
The worst flooding seen in a century has caused loss of life and destroyed homes and farmland across large areas of the southern Indian state of Kerala.Latest news reports say that more than 474 people have died and over 32 million people have been affected. Torrential monsoonal rains commencing in June 2018 have triggered landslides and caused canals and rivers to overflow.
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Floodwaters have left homes in shambles. We know that more than one million people have been forced to evacuate, taking shelter in temporary camps.Roads, bridges and railway tracks have been washed away and it’s estimated that 3.4 million hectares of farmland has been inundated. Areas such as Idukki and the hill station Munnar are among the worst affected.Because of the fear of landslides, mothers like Bajeena and her family have been unable to evacuate and go very far. They spend their days at home hoping and praying for no landslides. At night they relocate to a nearby school which is considered safer.Bajeena wonders whether “someone up there” is angry with them. It’s been days since her family had a proper meal or a proper night’s rest. The rain has been relentless all week and she thinks about the people she knows who have helplessly watched their homes and life’s earnings get washed away.
World Vision staff are working tirelessly to help ease the impact of this crisis on families in Kerala. We are responding in locations including Wayanad, Malapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Palakkad. Our immediate aim is to help 20,000 families by providing:• dry rations such as rice, beans, sugar and coconut oil• household items such as bedding, towels, clothing, mosquito repellent, plates and spoons• hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, feminine hygiene items, antiseptic wash and moreChild friendly spaces have also been set up and our staff and volunteers are interacting with children through, songs, dance, sports, art and storytelling to help them recover from the shock of this disaster.While the current focus is on meeting urgent relief needs, we will also be supporting communities to rebuild in the long term.
No children sponsored by Australians through World Vision live in the affected area.
The home of Janaki and her four children was fully submerged under floodwater for more than a week. As a single mother, Janaki faces a huge struggle to rebuild her family’s life.
Families displaced by the floods in Kerala queue for food at a relief camp in Panamaram.
Shyama, 22, sits in front of her home that now lays in ruins because of the floods. She says she has no clue, how she and her husband can rebuild it.
Children at a relief camp in Panamaram share a hot meal of rice and beans. World Vision is distributing dry food rations amongst families displaced by the floods in Kerala.
For the past eight days, 11-year-old Achu and his family have been living in his school because their house was submerged under water. “I lost my books, my certificates, all the belongings in our house,” he says.