Torrential rains and landslides continue to wreak havoc in Kerala, as the death toll rises to 67 in number. The government has issued a warning in all the fourteen districts of the state and for the first time 35 out of 39 dams have been opened due to the over flowing of rivers.
HelpAge India is leading the rescue operations in the Wayanad district of Kerala, one of the worse hit areas along with Palakkad, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Idukki districts; affected by landslides. Whereas Ernakulam, Kottayam, and Alappuzha districts are reeling under the flood fury as it continues to rain.
There is massive destruction in Kerala as we witness the houses being shattered by landslides, crops being destroyed, people being displaced and the death toll rising. Power supply was disrupted in many parts of the states as the Kerala State Electricity Board has switched off about four thousand transformers and seven sub stations as a cautionary measure.
HelpAge India has already started its emergency medical relief work in Wayanad by visiting various relief camps. The first direct distribution of dry ration and other basic supplies were carried out on August 11th at the Nadavayal Relief Camp, where 62 families were provided support followed by 33 kits distributed on August 12th at Kaniyambetta Flood Relief Camp and 35 Relief kits at Varadoor Flood Relief Camp.
Three Emergency Medical Relief camps were set up, where 122 treatments were carried out. Food kits were distributed at the Panamaram Relief Camp, as the rescuing operations continued. Director of Faizal & Shabana Foundation, supporting HelpAge relief efforts visited the relief camps and flood affected areas with the HelpAge team.
Despite incessant rains and increasing water levels making travel to affected areas difficult, the HelpAge relief is working 24×7 trying to reach those affected, to provide much needed aid & ration to those stranded. All transport facilities have been shut down temporarily due to the heavy downpour.
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