Nature's Fury Unleashed on God's Own Country...What Can We Do?

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August 2018 has seen rain wreaking devastation in God’s Own Country, Kerala. The little state on the south western Malabar Coast is endowed with Nature’s abundance and receives more than a fair amount of rainfall every year. This year the rains played havoc and after nearly a hundred years, the state has been hit with floods of this magnitude rendering over two lakhs of the population homeless, in relief camps and the death toll crossing three hundred and fifty and rising. Estimated damage is more than 10,000crores.


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The News channels covering the situation show us how bad and depressing the situation is and yet, the reality is much worse. Shutters of thirty five of forty two dams have been opened! I was told by a friend this morning and we were chatting about how we had no idea that the little state of ours had so many dams! I read up about them and while some say there are 38-39, wiki says 42 with a list to support so I stand by 42 though the 35 is sacrosanct. No, I am not aiming to do a survey of dams in Kerala or anywhere else but giving you an idea of the situation in northern and central districts of the state, which are the worse affected.




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The relief operations are on in full gusto. The Armed forces, the Coast Guard, the National Disaster Relief Force and many more agencies are doing a commendable job and have rescued over 80,000 people stranded at different parts of the state- from roof tops and trees or trapped houses, the brave teams notwithstanding the weather are persisting in their rescue operations. Not only this, it is heartening to see the untrained local population doing a great job of collecting relief material and providing as much support as they possibly can. The Chief Minister and the entire administration are doing a great job as well trying to arrange for assistance of every kind.



The Indian Nation has come together yet again to keep their people afloat with not just the centre but various state governments providing aid in trying times like this. Despite the status quo about the Mullaperiyar dam water levels with Tamil Nadu, which are operated by them and are cause of concern to the population in Kerala as has been seen now, the Chief Minister has also extended aid to their neighbour in distress. Hopefully, the governments can now see reason and take necessary steps to lower the level. Be it the Odisha fire fighting team trained in flood relief or the UK based Sikh charity Khalsa Aid who have set up a langar in Kochi to provide food for thousands of homeless people, India stands together as one in times of crisis.



Trying times lie ahead for the State and its people; with shortage of food, water and medicine supplies; with diseases waiting to happen; with their shelters being make shift for a long time; with the infra structure of hospitals to be rebuilt and made fit for use; but the spirit with which they are holding up and fighting and with the aid coming in from all over the country and overseas  as well, Kerala will emerge stronger than before, having learnt from her mistakes and making sure she doesn’t suffer this fate again.


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That was all about the state, its current situation and the aids they are receiving. However, they need much much more. Please contribute if you can in whichever way that you can. I have often seen people refrain from helping when they hear lots of aid coming from other people or agencies including their friends. They feel their contribution would be meager in comparison. It isn’t. Any sort of help is welcome. If you can send only a hundred, then send hundred, if you want to send in kind do so, surplus medicine that you may have, lentils, sugar whatever- you send what you can and send it with good will. It will be a blessing. Every single drop makes an ocean. If you cannot do any of it for whatever reason, just send out a heartfelt prayer that the people who have lost so much can come out of it soon and with dignity.







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  1. I have many friends who belong to Kerala and have families there. The constant update about their hometowns sends shivers. Amidst all this disaster the spirit of humanity will win. You are right when you say that we should all contribute in whichever way possible

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    1. I quite understand...absolutely, the spirit of humanity always rises above everything :)

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  2. Completely agree with every word...
    Every little bit any of us does is a bit more toward aiding and assisting and subsequently rebuilding...
    I pray the rebuilding comes as soon as possible. May the waters recede at the earliest. The effort and supplies being channelled into the state need to graduate from crisis management to reconstruction and development.
    Prayers and positive vibes to all the people in my state.

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  3. I have one thing to mention... all of talk about how many people died.. but so many animals died too ! Humans are rescued...animals are not.. because helping hands are limited..... there is one thing common between all life forms that we all have life... the ecological balance has gone... and still we look forward to surviving and thriving.. Only God can save us. Prayers for all lives in Kerala

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    1. A valid point and I read up a lot about it to be able to reply...while wildlife and domestic animals and livestock are very important to us, in any disaster situation, priority will always go to humans...saving humans is a daunting task in itself. Secondly, after rescue, makeshift shelters are so crammed up for humans there isn't room for animals...same for food and disease that might follow...following Hurricane Katrina, it came to light that in a hurricane situation animals are not to be rescued and given shelter till all the humans are taken care of. We can hope that with their instinct, which is far stronger than ours, they survive the ordeal. Prayers for all life in Kerala and Kodagu!

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  4. Totally agree with you.. ..we all should contribute in whichever way possible....was really worried as mom and dad are there but thankfully they are safe n fine.....prayers to all d people in my state...

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    1. Glad to know about your parents...with help, with courage and hard work we shall overcome...and this too shall pass!

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  5. I totally agree with you.. in some area people are still staying at the relief camps as there is water in their houses.. the relief work was a combined effort by each and everyone but a special mention should be made about the fishermen community who have done a fantastic job during this deluge.. and of course our defence personnel did a great job as usual.

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    1. True...there is always that human spirit which is heartening to see when disaster strikes. Hope the dark side doesn't reveal itself as things start looking a bit better!

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