The current situation
Kerala is witnessing high-intensity floods due to the incessant rains over the past few days. Residents are cut off in parts of the coastal state of Kerala as the rain started to intensify from late Friday, 15th October 2021. As per the authorities, the worst-affected areas are Kottayam and Idukki, which received 164.5 millimetres and 305.5 mm of rainfall, respectively, since Saturday morning. The heavy rains triggered landslides and swelled many rivers across the state. Roads are swept away, houses are damaged and trees uprooted. Several villages in hilly areas are cut off. At least 26 people have died in landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains in south-western India. Five Children among are dead. There are fears that the death toll could rise further as many people are missing. Eleven bodies have been found so far in Idukki district and another fourteen in Kottayam district and thousands of people have been evacuated and at least 100 relief camps have been set up. Here is the video showing the flash flood barrelling into the town of Erattupetta in southern Kerala and another clip showing a house disappearing into a river that overflowed into its backyard shows widespread destruction in Kerala.
Government Response in the current situation in flood affected areas
- At least 26 people have died due to rain-related incidents in Kerala, according to news agency AFP. Some 11 bodies have been found so far in Idukki district and another 14 in Kottayam district, officials told AFP, after the areas were hit by landslides and flash floods.
- Authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected.
- The Indian Air Force has inducted its medium-lift helicopters for flood relief efforts in the rain-hit districts of Kerala.
- Fishing boats are being used to evacuate survivors trapped in Kollam and other coastal towns as sections of road have been swept away and trees uprooted
- National Disaster Relief Force and the armed forces are rehabilitating 2,000 people and shifting them to different relief camps, one dedicated to Covid-19 positive patient
- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the intense spell of rainfall activity over Kerala and Mahe, South Interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal likely to reduce from today (18th October,2021)
- The Army, NDRF, police and the Fire Force along with the locals began rescue operations on Sunday morning at Koottickal in Kottayam district and Kokkayar in Idukki district, where over a dozen people have been reported missing due to landslides accompanied by heavy downpour. Search operations are underway for the missing persons in the debris.
HAI’s plan to save lives and restore normalcy with support from its local member partner (Prioritizing the unmet needs)
- Distribution of dry ration kits to at least 5000 families targeting women headed households, marginal and landless farmers and families with disabled members in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts
- Distribution of hygiene kits along with Covid-19 safety kits including sanitary napkins for women and adolescent girls, sanitizers, masks, gloves, toothpastes, soaps etc.
- Distribution of non-food items (NFIs) to 5,000 families including bed sheets, blankets, lunges for men etc.
- Early recovery plan based on assessment