Days of torrential and relentless rains have caused un-precedented flooding in Kerala, killing 324 and rendering 3.1 lakh homeless. This is said to be the worst flood in Kerala for decades, affecting almost all of its 14 districts, but the region of Kuttanad (consisting of 2 central districts of Alappuzha and Kottayam) has suffered the most. Kodagu region of Karnataka has also been hit hard by the rains.
Help is pouring in from across the country with 42 Navy, 16 Army, 28 Coast Guard and 39 National Disaster Relief Force teams engaged in rescue operations. One of the grassroots organizations with good understanding of the situation & ability to efficiently deliver relief materials is SevaBharati Keralam.
SevaBharathi Keralam is involved in rescue and relief operations by distributing food packets and cooking kits, opening free kitchens, and providing medical help through medical camps. There is an urgent need for water purifiers, packed food, utensils, blankets, seasonal clothing, first aid kits, toiletries, flashlights, water bottles, mosquito mats/nets, backpacks, etc.
You can donate money to their bank account –
Account Name: Seva Bharathi Keralam
Bank Name: Dhanalaxmi Bank
Account No: 002700100040740
Branch: SL Puram
Contact Person: 94465 69365 / 83300 83324 / 95265 51342
Phone: 0487 – 2336063
Here are some photos of inundated communities in Kerala being delivered relief by SevaBharathi Keralam –
Many other volunteers are also organizing relief material collection in various cities like Bengaluru, Madikeri etc. One prominent social activist Girish Alva shared the following details –
Those in US and other countries can contribute via SevaBharathi Keralam’s international partner Sewa International. Sewa International is a Hindu faith-based, humanitarian, nonprofit service organization that globally undertakes disaster rescue, relief and rehabilitation, and, implements development projects. It is registered under the US Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3).
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – AYUDH Call Centre
Another organization doing good work is the youth organization of Mata Amritanandamayi Math called AYUDH (Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara). The AYUDH chapter at Amrita University, Amritapuri has started 24X7 CompassionateKerala Call Centre for Kerala Flood Relief and rescue operations.
Different batches of 100 students and 30 faculties are working in each of the 3 shifts, 24×7. Thousands of stranded people are getting saved and this is a huge solace for their dear ones.
AYUDH volunteers are verifying the calls & contacting govt /military rescue teams working in those areas. Separate volunteer teams are made for followups and tracking the stranded people for each district. On 16th Aug 1102 calls were attended.
Call Centre Number: 04762805050
To volunteer in AYUDH’s activity, contact 9847308706
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