Kerala flood/disaster fund

The south Indian state of Kerala is no stranger to heavy rain. But, this year, Kerala is reeling under the worst natural disaster it has faced in nearly 100 years. The calamity has caused us a lot - lost lives, missing people, homes destroyed, collapsed bridges and so on.

Between 1 June and 17 July, Idukki (1567.8 milli meters (mm)), Kottyam (1435.3 mm) and Palakkad (1182.6 mm) have recorded rainfall levels more than 40% higher than normal according to the India Meteorological Department. Whereas, the average rainfall recorded in India is around 400-600 mm yearly.  The rain has caused massive levels of flooding and land-slides in different part of the state. 

This situation has worsened after the reservoirs across Kerala reached full capacity and water had to be released. For the first time in history, 35 out of the 39 reservoirs in the state were opened. The Idukki dam (one of the biggest in Kerala) had to open all 5 of its gates for the first time in 40 years.

The death toll has approximated to be at 187 for the year with over 72 deaths in the span of Aug 5th to 15th.  The land-slides and flooding has claimed 29 lives on August 15th alone and a red alert has been issued to all districts of the state.  More than 1.5 lakh (150,000) people have been lodged in relief camps and thousands of others displaced. Power supply, communication systems and distribution of drinking water have been disrupted in various parts of the state in the rain mayhem. The Kochi International Airport has been shut down and train services have been disrupted along with road transport services in disarray with stretches of roads coming under water. 

Periyar, Chalakudy Puzha and Pampa rivers were overflowing in central Kerala, while the water level in Killiyar, Karamanayar, Vamanapuram rivers and Parvathyputhanar canal in Thiruvananthapuram district are steadily rising.
In order to deal with the situation, around 200 Army personnel have been deployed in place including Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad while another 150 were directed towards Kozhikode and Mallapuram.

This group plans to donate half of the funds collected to the Chief Minister's disaster relief fund which would help in the rehabilitation of displaced people and the other half to buy relief material to provide to NGO's like Anbodu Kochi and several Indian Administrative Service Personnel (District Collectors) in Idukki and Kannur.  The relief materials required urgently are tooth brushes, disinfectants, anti fungal creams, sleeping mats/blankets, soap, tooth paste, sanitary napkins, match box/candles, sweater, scarfs,and the list goes on. We have set up an amazon account with a wish-list of all these items for it to be sent once the fund has been collected.

The below are a few of the link to know more about whats happening in Kerala:
1. https://www.bbc.com/weather/features/45147341
2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/kerala-floods-live-updates-situation-serious-in-many-districts/liveblog/65403405.cms
3. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-12/indias-kerala-state-on-high-alert-after-floods-kill-34/10109998
4. http://www.newindianexpress.com/live/2018/aug/15/kerala-floods-updates-death-toll-reaches-67-schools-colleges-across-state-closed-today-1858149.html
5. https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kerala-rains-live-updates-tamil-nadu-weather-kochi-airport-idukki-dam-mullaperiyar-5307286/

For pictures related to this: https://www.google.com/search?q=kerala+floods+2018&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiipN2XgvDcAhVRR6wKHQ5VDgcQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1242&bih=574#imgrc=5MibC0CPDnowNM:


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