Incessant rains led to severe flooding across the state of Kerala. Over 32 million people were affected, with homes and crops wiped out.
The worst flooding seen in a century caused loss of life and destroyed homes and farmland across large areas of the southern Indian state of Kerala in July and August 2018.More than 474 people died and over 32 million people were affected. Torrential monsoonal rains commencing in June 2018 triggered landslides and caused canals and rivers to overflow.
Floodwaters left homes in shambles. More than one million people were forced to evacuate, taking shelter in temporary camps.Roads, bridges and railway tracks were washed away and it’s estimated that 3.4 million hectares of farmland was inundated. Areas such as Idukki and the hill station Munnar were among the worst affected.
World Vision staff worked tirelessly to help ease the impact of this crisis on families in Kerala. We responded in locations including Wayanad, Malapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Palakkad. Our immediate aim was 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 were also set up and our staff and volunteers interacted with children through, songs, dance, sports, art and storytelling to help them recover from the shock of this disaster.After 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.