Rise Against Hunger India Mounts Kerala Flood Response Efforts
Since August 8, Kerala has witnessed unprecedented rains affecting nearly 80,000 people in 11 of the 14 Districts of the state. Latest news reports confirm 80 deaths. This is the worse such situation the State has witnessed since 1924. Non-stop rains have rendered thousands of families homeless. Many have moved to temporary relief centers organized by the government, NGOs and other local institutions.
Rise Against Hunger India team has mounted crisis relief efforts to provide emergency support to the flood-hit population in Kerala. We have reached out to local groups and NGOs in the worst hit districts of Ernakkulam, Kozhikode, Idukki, Wayanad and Alapuzha to extend support for relief operations. After some initial research and discussions, we have identified Wayanad, one of worst affected Districts, as our first location to start our response. We have identified six organizations who are already working in and around Wayanad. Two meal packaging events have been organized in the past two days and we are ready with the first set of 20,000 meals to be sent to Arshabharath Bahujana Bodhavalkarana Gramaviksana Samithi, Meppadi, Waynad. Due to access issues, and road connectivity being completely lost, we are exploring the best ways to reach the meal boxes to Arshabharath as expeditiously as possible. We are partnering with the Times Foundation Bangalore to mobilize support and help us send the relief materials to Wayanad.