Kerala Flood Related Activities
In the month of August 2018, unprecedented rains led to the simultaneous opening of dams causing the most severe floods that the state of Kerala has ever seen. Most of state was underwater for nearly 4 days. There was loss of life and terrible damage to homes and property.Entire houses were washed away and many houses received such a hammering that they were rendered unliveable. Furniture, electrical devices and home appliances were all damaged beyond recovery. Members of team PlanatEarth were at the forefront from the onset of the floods and worked in the rescue, relief, rehabilitation and rebuild operations.
During the four days of flood, the Team supplied essentials to three Rehabilitation Camps, coordinated and procured medicines, food and other provisions from government sources and other agencies. When the crisis was over and people started returning to what was left of their homes, team PlanatEarth conducted surveys in some of the worst affected areas. Based on the data collected, funds were mobilised and “Rehabilitation Kits” were put together. These kits included basic home essentials for a family to pick up their lives. Food grains, cleaning solutions, brooms, buckets, clothes, beds, pressure cookers, steel vessels, utensils, mixies, iron boxes, sleeping mats, bedsheets, cooking stoves were included in these kits and supplied to 350 families. Funds were mobilised to help reconstruct the houses of 7 deserving families who lost their houses in the flood. Various livelihood projects too are being worked upon to provide means of income to families who lost their source of livelihood as a result of the floods. This includes mobilising funds to small time grocers to help them procure fresh stock and carry on with their modest business.