Calamity in Kerala: A Test Of Human Endurance

“223 people lost their lives between August 8-20. 6 people died today. Center said they’ll make all necessary requirements available to us but in today’s situation what is most needed is the necessary help, equivalent to the total damages caused so far” – Kerala CM tweeted.

All hell broke loose earlier last week on God’s own country, Kerala. Opening of 35 out of 39 dams led to a literal floodgate. This was because of the continuing incessant rainfall. The latest count shows 357 deaths with a total loss of Rs. 20,000 crores. 

One of the most severely affected areas is Ernakulam in Kochi, along the Periyar river, into which excess water from the Idamalayar dam was drained. Dam-safety expert N Sasidharan claimed that authorities waited till the water level in the Idamalayar reservoir reached its capacity of 169 feet, and had it been opened sooner, would likely have spared the massive evacuation efforts in the vicinity.

With over 80000 people being displaced, along with food and sanitization, the spread of diseases has become a major concern. Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The government issued a red alert on Sunday after the airport shut down. While most of the areas are still under Orange alert, only limited personnel of firefighters and army can access the stranded and provide utilities. Along with medicines and food, the most needed necessity is drinking water.

Everyone is trying to do his/her bit and you should too. For more information you can visit, Keralarescue.in

Here are some ways to contact and contribute:

1. The CM’s Distress Relief Fund:

The accounts mentioned below will allow a direct transfer of funds.  Transfer the money via UPI as well. 

Account name: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund

Account number: 67319948232 

Bank: State Bank of India

IFSC: SBIN0070028

SWIFT code: SBININBBT08

2. Government control rooms:

There are several checkpoints where you can drop donations and supplies and get more information.

  • Thiruvananthapuram: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer, Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 1
  • Kannur: Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur – 670002 (9446682300, 04972700645)
  • Idukki: District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu P O, Kuyilimala, Idukki – 685603
  • Wayanad: District Collector, Collectorate, Kalpetta, Wayanad (0469 204151, 9745166864, 9746239313)

3. You can access e-commerce websites that will connect you to 3 NGOs to provide support.

You can find registries of 3 NGOs- Goonj, Habitat for Humanity, and World Vision on Amazon— from which you can choose the products you want to buy, which will then be donated to these NGOs. We can make a donation to Goonj on the Flipkart app. 

4.  Direct payments via PayTM by opening the app and clicking on the Kerala Floods icon and making the payment of the desired amount.

5. Google has worked with the government in order to gain access of people in stranded areas. Using the pin-dropped map or google person finder you can access drop-off points, shelters, rescue areas and more information.

 

By Abhishek Aggarwal

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