The Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID sent a team of emergency responders last week to the state of Kerala in southwestern India, following severe floods that started in late July which claimed the lives of over 300 people and led to the evacuation of an estimated one million.
The team arrived last week in the town of Chengannur in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, one of the areas worst affected by the floods and, in collaboration with local volunteers, has been distributing vital non-food items, including hygiene and cleaning items, soap, hand sanitizer, and water purification sachets
IsraAID says its team members are also assisting community members in clearing their homes in the wake of the disaster
“The kind of damage these communities are facing is total,” said Shira Goldstein, head of IsraAID’s emergency response team, in a statement. “Everything is rendered useless, whether it be electronics fried with the inundation of water or furniture soaked through. Many of the roads are inaccessible by car and must be trudged through on foot, fighting the mud with each step. It will be a long road to recovery for these families.”
IsraAID says it is planning to stay in Kerala during the recovery process to provide access to safe water and psychosocial support specialists.