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Kerala is experiencing what is said to be its “worst flood in a century” after 1924 and has been hit by its heaviest rainfall since 1974 which is about 257% more than the usual rainfall.
Hundreds of people have died and thousands have been displaced. As many as 12,47,496 people are seeking refuge in 5,645 relief camps, with an equal number displaced.
*This is an ongoing count.
EXTENT OF DAMAGE:
Kerala has been severely suffering under incessant rains, devastating floods, landfalls and the impact of the reservoir dam openings. Kerala received heavy monsoon rainfall which is about 257% more than the usual rain falling in Kerala. According to the Kerala government, one-sixth of the total population of Kerala had been directly affected by the floods and related incidents. The Indian government had declared it a Level 3 Calamity, or “calamity of a severe nature”.
As per reports, Kerala has 12,47,496 people sheltered in 5,645 relief camps, with an equal number displaced living with relatives and friends. A tragedy of such an extent running through all the districts of the state, is unprecedented to Kerala. Deaths, people being rendered homeless, loss of agriculture and cattle, destruction of property and loss of business, etc. have deeply impacted the lives of these people.
Kerala has faced the worst disaster in a 100 years, while the people continue to struggle to get back to their normal lives. Water levels are slowly receding and reconstruction and rehabilitation works are in progress. The real issue now is recovering and coping from the after effects of this tragedy.
There has been a reported damage of around 20,000 Crore Indian Rupees (USD $2,864,800,000.00) as per the Chief Minister of the state and this is just the tip of the ice-berg with the amount to increase as the flood continues to wreak havoc.
Many of the hilly districts have been cut off from any contact because of severe landslides. Nearly 20,000 houses, establishments and standing structures have been submerged completely. The areas which were worst hit are Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Idukki, and Mallapuram districts.
10,000 kms of roads along with many important linking bridges have either been destroyed or submerged hindering aid relief work in many places. Due to the destruction of the roads and connecting bridges, supplies are also running short and it’s just a matter of time before supplies are depleted in the makeshift relief camps.
Our partners, Rehab under their campaign #RebuildKerala aim to answer the plea of help from Kerala by provide help to the flood survivors, rebuilding homes, restoring livelihoods and helping the people to recover the material loss they incurred during the floods
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