Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala

by Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society
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Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala
Emergency Relief : Flood Affected People in Kerala

On the last monsoon, people living in the Trivandrum district faced heavy rain and flood. The unexpected flood submerged their house and households, most of the people are moved to flood relief camps and struggled for food and basic needs. After the flood and heavy rain, these people are moving to their relative's homes or other facilities. Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu society identify these vulnerable people and helped them by giving them food items. We provide necessary items as per their needs and we collaborated with the cooperation and panchayat officials and collected a list of really needy people. 

List of items included in Kit.

1. Rice-10 KG

2. Atta( Wheat Powder)- 10 KG

3. Sugar- 5 KG

4. Cooking Oil- 2 KG

5. Chilly Powder- 1 KG

6. Turmeric Powder- 500 GM

7. Salt- 1 KG

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Refreshment items for the flood victims at camps
Refreshment items for the flood victims at camps

Kerala has turned out to be the place having the most unpredictable weather and climatic conditions. The people of Kerala hasn’t experienced summer due to the drastic rainfall caused due to the Tauk Teah cyclone formed at the peninsular area. The regions has experienced abnormal rainfall which resulted in floods in most of te regions of south Kerala which are near to the coastal belts.

The flood has hit the regions of Kerala during the time when everyone was expecting summer season which lacked precautions in large scale. As a result, the people has to be evacuated from their homes since the areas are flooded and their lives were at peril. Thus flood relief camps were opened at every flood affected areas.

Don Bosco veedu society with the help of GlobalGiving donors were able to mobilise funds for the flood victims and provide them with refreshment items and other nutrition kits during the time of flood caused due to the Tauk Tea cyclone. We also managed to provide basic necessity items such as bedsheets, toothpastes and tooth brushes for the people at the relief camps.

supplying bedsheets and towels for flood victims
supplying bedsheets and towels for flood victims
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The house under construction
The house under construction

Since the flood from 2019, the people of Kerala has come up with various precautionary measures for resisting similar disasters. The victims have managed to rebuild their lives with the help of donors and other sources which work for the social causes.  Don Bosco Veedu Society has taken initiative in various flood relief programmes with the help of the donors from GlobalGiving.

About two months ago we have identified a victim of flood who has been left out during the relief works by the public. Mr. Unnikrishnan and family had been witnessing the adverse effects of flood since two years. They stay at the remote areas of Balaramapuram, a place in Trivandrum city. Since their house is being situated below sea level on ground they were not able to build a good basement for their house even after repeated precautionary measures from their side. This has lead their house to be flooded with water every monsoon. The family consists of two children whose education is also affected due to the situation.

Don Bosco Veedu Society’s timely intervention has put a ray of hope to the family on rebuilding their life after the flood. With the kind donation from GlobalGiving, we have consulted the authorities regarding the reconstruction of their house with basement pillars that make the house stand above the sea level.

The house is under construction. The basement works has been done with the help of Don Bosco Veedu Society staff members since the manpower and labour cost were high due to the pandemic situation in Kerala. The staff members spared certain days from their official duty for helping the family put up a strong basement for their new house.

It is now estimated to be 2 months for the house to be fully renovated and made eligible for them to stay there forever. We look forward for the continous support from the donors from GlobalGiving for leading the family to their safe dream home.

The space where they currently reside.
The space where they currently reside.
Don Bosco staff helping the labours
Don Bosco staff helping the labours
Don Bosco staff at work site
Don Bosco staff at work site
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THhe family infront of their house being rebuilt
THhe family infront of their house being rebuilt

Kerala has faced drastic flood during 2018 and 2019 which has affected the lives of people in different ways. Government of Kerala has implemented a number of helping aids for the victims. People managed to overcome the effects of flood with the support of the government. Even then there were people who haven’t received sufficient help from the schemes implemented by the government as they were not aware of those schemes and couldn’t complete the formalities for availing the services. Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society has identified a family who were drastically affected because of the flood during 2019.

The family consisting of mother and two children lost their house during the landslide caused by the heavy rainfall and flood at Aruvikkara, Trivandrum which is approximately 25km away from Trivandrum main city. They couldn’t avail from the government as they were not aware of it. We jointly with the panchayat ward member and other local leaders has initiated in building a good shelter for the family so that they wouldn’t have to continue living under the tent which they used to live in after the flood.

We have managed to gather funds from local donors and GlobalGiving donors inorder to build house for the family. We expect to identify more victims of flood in rural areas who seek helping hand for rebuilding their lives.

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Distribution of Tarpaulin for the flood victim
Distribution of Tarpaulin for the flood victim

Kerala has been affected by a series of disasters aswellas pandemic during the past two years. Trivandrum Don Bosco has been providing the victims of flood across the city with necessities and help them in rebuilding their lives. Millions of people were affected by the flood and has lost their shelter which is a basic necessity for every human being. We ensured flood relief aid being provided for the victims without fail. Even then few left out cases existed in different parts of the city who has not been noticed by the government or other agencies and the ones who lack support system for advocating their difficulties during the time of flood.

We have recently identified a similar victim of Kerala flood during our relief activities related to Covid 19 lockdown across the state. The family had lost their shelter during the flood and was left unnoticed by the authorities during their relief programmes. During the flood, Karamana river, one of the major river flowing through the city was flooded and the people living at the bank of river has lost their shelter and belongings. Most of the people has migrated to other parts of the city where they found themselves safe and secure and the rest of the  people decided to stay there as they have no where else to go. Some among them has managed to recover the situation with the help of people and some still struggles. We identified a similar family who was struggling to rebuild their house which has been devastated during the flood. We managed to join with the local authority and purchased tarpaulins for the family so that they can put it over their roof. The distribution was carried out by Don Bosco veedu society with the help of the local authority people and the public.

We were able to support a family who has been left out. There are similar families who long for such help and establish their shelter and continue their living.

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Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society

Location: Trivandrum, Kerala - India
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Project Leader:
Fr. Saji SDB
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Trivandrum, Kerala India
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