Kerala, India floods: food aid for families affected

Kerala, India floods: food aid for families affected

A local aid agency supported by Islamic Relief is on the ground in flood-ravaged Kerala, distributing food to families affected by the worst floods in the southern Indian state since 1924. Last week’s devastating floods have already claimed 445 lives.

We are working with a local partner who have started food distributions in Wayanad, one of the most-affected districts. An additional emergency flood response team, with many years’ experience of dealing with floods in India, is on its way.

Almost all the districts of Kerala have been affected by the floods and it is estimated that almost 80% of the state is under water.  It is also reported that 80 of its dams are now open after being overwhelmed.

More than 300,000 people are living in official relief camps run by the state.

According to Islamic Relief’s Head of Programme, Sibghatullah Ahmed, many people are still stuck in their houses waiting for search and rescue teams.

“I can’t even begin to explain how bad these floods are. Thousands are trapped on the rooftops of their homes…The state-run emergency relief camps are already overflowing, but thousands have no way of reaching them. So many people have lost everything they own and are desperate.”

Emergency food packs are being distributed to the most affected households in Wayanad district. At the moment access is a major issue and many areas remain inaccessible.

“We urgently need to distribute food and clean drinking water and then the water systems will also need to be restored. There will be massive health needs and we need to be prepared for an outbreak of water and vector-borne diseases,” Ahmed added.

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