By Fritz Hanrath
The recent floods and landslides in the Indian State of Kerala have caused an enormous and an unbelievable amount of damage and loss. 8,000 houses were destroyed, 26,000 became uninhabitable, more than 400 people died and over 1.3 million people had to leave their homes.
SERVE working in partnership with the Redemptorists responded by establishing twelve emergency teams to coordinate the distribution of food, water, utensils, as well as helping the families who were venturing back to clean and clear their damaged homes of floods and debris. Due to the commitment and targeted intervention of the teams, relief support was provided to more than 1,000 families in the Kerala region, on the south-western tip of India.
Thank you to all who were involved in this extraordinary effort. We would also like to extend our thanks to those in Ireland and the UK who donated towards this appeal.