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Kerala rains unleash havoc, deaths; KISMAT showers solace to affected


By Rubin Panthackal Sdb
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Bangalore, Oct. 19. The heavy rainfall and the consequent floods have devastated the state of Kerala, claiming the lives of many and displacing thousands since last week. Rescue efforts are in full swing with the help of local administrators everywhere. The rainfall has partially subsided in central Kerala, but the threat of landslides and severe waterlogging across multiple districts persists. Kerala has seen a series of natural disasters in the past four years, causing loss of lives and property. The residents of the Kottayam district have witnessed a tragedy of such magnitude for the first time.
Amid the grim situation, on October 18, the KISMAT (Kerala Interstate Migrants Alliance for Transformation) state team with Father Tony Plavilayil SDB (State director, KISMAT) came forward to help the people affected by the deluge in Kottayam. The volunteers have taken up the relief and rescue operations on a war-footing and distributed food packets and groceries to the affected people at various places in the district. They have provided temporary shelter for affected people, gathering food and other materials for relief camps, and counselling for women and children who are affected mentally. The relief activities were carried out in Koottickal, Chappath, Plappally, Poovanjimala, Vettukallamkuzhi, Chelikund of Mundakayam town at Kottayam district.

The volunteers also started working on mobilising relief materials in close coordination with the district administration. During rescue and relief operations, people from neighbourhood groups extended exemplary assistance in all possible ways.

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