Incessant rains in flood-hit Kerala are showing no signs of abating. As per the latest reports, 39 people have lost their lives. Torrential rains in the state triggered a series of landslides and have caused severe floods in Idduki and Wayanad districts, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Moreover, an estimated Rs 8,136 crore worth of assets have been lost in the unfortunate situation. Over 60,000 have been rendered homeless as a result of these floods—the worst in the history of the state, according to some accounts.
In times of unending misery for the people of Kerala, we have brought stories of individual citizens, organisations and other state governments lending a helping hand.
Setting an example, two IAS officers—G Rajamanikyam, Special officer dealing with Disaster Management, and Wayanad sub-collector NSK Umesh—who are overseeing relief operations in the flood-hit district, have themselves begun unloading rice bags at the Collectorate for distribution to relief camps.
Instead of merely sitting around giving orders, they joined hands with other employees at around 9:30 pm last night to unload a vehicle full of rice bags.
Alongside, other state government officials, who are working day and night in the midst of this crisis, these IAS officers have barely slept, according to some citizen accounts.
You can also do your bit for the state by donating money and material like cooking utensils and dining utensils, chairs and tables, rice, pulses, cereals, containers for food, footwear, blankets, mugs, buckets, sanitary napkins, first aid medicines and kits, candles and packaged foods, among others.
You can also donate to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Additionally, #DoForKerala, a social media campaign, has been launched by Anbodu Kochi, in association with the District Administration of Ernakulam.
Here is the list of necessary contacts you will need to help the state in these trying times.
If you know of any other organisation working towards helping the flood victims, do mail us their details, and we will put it out. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)