Kerala Flood Aftermath | How Your Support Has Made a Difference

Recently, the Southern Indian State of Kerala experienced severe flooding due to a heavier than normal rainfall.

Sadly, the devastating resulting floods took hundreds of lives and displaced millions from their homes. Survivors were suddenly without water, food or shelter — many in need of urgent medical care.

But there is hope in restoration.

With your help, DFN has been able to send in a disaster relief team to provide food, supplies, medical aid, and assist in infrastructure repair.

Your generous response helped us get there — and it has made a tremendous impact.

Our flood relief team consisted of three nurses, two doctors with an ambulance, and 20 church team members.

The team encountered challenges right away, as access to the roads was very poor. Finding suitable accommodations was also difficult, as nearly all homes and buildings were destroyed.

However, the team overcame the challenges and immediately got to work.

Because of you, we were able to provide 1,000 families with a grocery kit that included, rice, flour, cooking oil, sugar, tea, spices, soap, and clean water.

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The medical staff visited nearly 100 homes and checked for flood-related illness. They also treated 458 men and women in medical camps.

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We were able to clean up flood rubble of 27 houses, so that they would be safe to reenter and live in. Our team also mended pathways around the houses.

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But, as with all disaster relief responses, the work has just begun.

Our team surveyed the area to learn that much more support is needed. About 80 percent of the individuals living in the Wayanad District have an agricultural-based income. And they experienced huge losses due to widespread damage to crops and loss of livestock.

We hope you’ll continue supporting us in our efforts, as we provide:

  • Twenty calves, one per family that lost livestock
  • Twenty sewing machines to women who lost theirs in the flood and use them as their main source of income
  • One hundred blankets, as the temperatures will be dropping significantly in this area over the next few weeks

We are so grateful for you continuous faithful support for times like these. Please also join us in praying for all those impacted by these floods as they work tirelessly to restore their communities and day-to-day lives.

Thank you for all that you do!

Give today to help flood victims in Kerala

Disaster Relief | How You Can Help Save Lives in Kerala

Natural disasters, such as a tropical storms or earthquakes, can take the lives of many. But one thing many of us don’t often think about, is the cost to survivors long after a natural disaster has hit. Those living in impoverished areas are often left in a more vulnerable position than before.

What little food they were able to come by, is now gone. Clean water is no longer available. Roads and buildings are destroyed. School buildings demolished.

It’s during this time, that our response to those in need is most crucial — such as now.

(Please note: this video was provided by the Indian government and uses the Indian place value markers.)

The Southern Indian State of Kerala has experienced the heaviest rainfall recorded in well over 100 years. The resulting floods have taken hundreds of lives, separated families and communities, and displaced millions of people from their homes — with most having nothing to return to.

We need your help.

DFN is responding to this emergency by providing flood relief aid in the northeastern border district of Kerala. As a result of the flooding and landslides, many of the victims living in this area have lost their jobs and are now begging for drinking water, food and shelter. Many have been badly injured and need urgent medical care.

Kerala is located in the hills and is made up of significantly marginalized groups. These individuals are already extremely vulnerable and are now disproportionately affected by the flood damage.

Tragically, 80 people have lost their lives and thousands more are displaced from their homes. Only a few areas have electricity left and mobile towers are under water. Many of the roads are impassable and there is no longer a bus service leaving or heading into the area.

The situation is dire.

So, how is DFN responding?

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Our on-the-ground team members are providing food, supplies, medical aid and relief, and they are helping with infrastructure repair and restoration.

However, we need your support.

The most urgent immediate need is for provision of food and subsistence.

Our response team has designed food and subsistence kits to specifically address the most crucial needs and we will be delivering these kits at five locations in the region over the next 30 days. Our goal is to supply 5,000 kits throughout September.

Will you help us in achieving this goal?

Each kit is $15, but any donation amount is greatly appreciated. You can make an immediate impact and support those in dire need with a donation to help fund one — or more — of these life-sustaining kits.

Donate today to help save lives in Kerala

 

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