Lakhs of people left homeless for devasting floods and the death toll rose to 400. Authorities are struggling to bring back normalcy to their lives. In just the first 20 days of August, Kerala has received the highest rainfall for the entire month.
Kerala has received 771mm rainfall from August 1 to 20 this year highest since 1931. The magnitude of the rains was severe, added to that opening the dam gates which unleashed on God’s own country. Preliminary estimates count a loss of more than 3 billion USD (20000 plus crores in INR), more than 1 million people displaced, 10000 km of roads damaged, 221 bridges collapsed and lost crops in 42000 hectares which affected 2.6 lakh farmers.
The central govt has declared the devastating floods in the state a “calamity of severe nature.” “Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides in Kerala, this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes,” a home ministry official said in New Delhi. The central government has also scaled up the relief and rescue operations. More than 43,000 persons have been rescued so far, out of which around 600 people were rescued on Monday. And 12.47 lakh people are lodged in relief camps.
Efforts are being made to rebuild the state from the devastating floods said to be the worst in a century. “We are slowly winding down rescue operations and concentrating on relief and rehabilitation,” E Chandrasekharan, Kerala’s revenue minister said. “About 95 percent of people affected have been rescued and put up in relief camps. We are hoping to reach out to everyone by the end of the day today.”
As Kerala battles its worst floods in almost a hundred years, the devastation to life and property is shocking. Nearly four hundred precious lives lost and lakhs of people displaced. While help has been flowing in from across the country and from friendly nations such as Japan, Maldives, and UAE, one of the most critical challenges in front of Kerala would be redevelopment.
Now we must help the affected rebuild their lives. The path to recovery can be long & difficult, but you can make a difference by joining the rebuilding efforts. Contribute generously to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund Kerala.