The unprecedented floods and landslides caused by the torrential rains in Kerala, the Southern State in India, pose more threats to the lives of the people and immerse most of the places under water. More dams including Mullaperiyar were forced to open their shutters and resulting floods in more areas such as Pathanamthitta, which were comparatively undisturbed until the day before yesterday. Flood even reaches the second floor of the houses and the buildings, which never happened before in the history of the state for half a century. This gushing water from the family reached the low- lying and coastal areas and makes the lives of the people more miserable. Numerous news are coming up about landslides in the hilly areas of Kerala which takes away even the entire members of some families. All the fourteen districts in the state are under red alert and more Army Battalions have rushed to the state to execute the rescue operations. at least 27 deaths are reported today and the death toll crosses 100. Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard, NDRF, Fire Force, Indo- Tibetan Force, Kerala State Police, and Armed Reserved Police are working relentlessly supported by the State Government, opposition parties, religious organisations, and other groups are actively involved in the rescue operations and relief work.
The Kerala Dioceses of the Church of South India continue the relief and the youngsters are taking part in the rescue work. Many of the Churches, Parish Halls, Schools and colleges including the CMS College in Kottayam are open as the relief camps. Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator and the Bishop in Madhya Kerala visited the flood a-affected areas, distributed the food and clothes kits. He has been doing these visits and coordinating the relief work of the Diocese for many days. He has already appealed to other bishops of the CSI from outside Kerala to extend support to the flood- victims for which positive responses are coming. Various departments and organisations of the diocese are in action.
A few helpline numbers:
Those who are in need of clothes can contact the Mission office in Kottayam: +91 9446361789
CMS College Relief Camp: +91 9446361789/ 9447910419/9495431127
CSI Youth Movement Office, Kottayam: +91 8086038397
CSI Youth Centre (Relief Camp), Changanassery: +91 8281746182