IAHV and The Art of Living Foundation volunteers have been on the ground helping with relief efforts in Kerala this past month. We have been receiving updates from them on progress being made. As you know more than 50% of the Kerala map has been affected by floods. With heavy rainfall this monsoon season, flooding and landslides are a continuous threat. Transportation and communication is yet to be streamlined. More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps across the state. The Government states the damage is more than $2 billion.
Thousands of Art of Living volunteers have come to the respite of the flood victims, saving them from the mishap systematically with Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation efforts.
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Handling Rescue operations…
More than 1,650 flood victims across the state have been rescued by the volunteers of the Art of Living.
The HAM radio support system setup via the collectorate offices operated by our volunteers had received more than 15,000 rescue calls that had been routed to the support stations across the state.
Offering timely Relief …
Relief materials of about 520+ tons have been sent via container trucks and other modes of transportation to several of the afflicted zones in Kerala. More on the way. Additionally continued free medical care, distribution of home kits, clearing transportation pathways, cleaning of homes and institutions are in progress.
Here is a short summary on supporting relief materials amounting to roughly about $1.35 million.
Executing planned Rehabilitation…
When it comes to disaster relief, it is equally important to bring back life to normalcy and setting up a system of sustenance for the evacuated victims and sheltered families in Kerala.
Activities in-progress are
More than 45 medical camps have been held. Free medical check ups and treatment in relief camps.
More than 120 trauma relief workshops have been conducted by trained Art of Living instructors for victims to overcome stress and trauma.
Skills and leadership training are being provided to the youth to boost self-reliance and enable them to rebuild / sustain their communities.
Pictures from our ground volunteers…
While Kerala is battling its unprecedented crisis in its own way, it is heartening to see the IAHV & Art of Living volunteers from across the country come together and provide relentless support.
Here are few pictures they have shared with us. We are grateful for their selfless service. You can find more updates and pictures on ourIAHV twitter feed.
Huge containers with relief material on bound to Kerala
Sending relief materials to Kerala
Volunteers distributing relief materials
Our volunteers with rescued flood victims
Cleaning flooded homes
Cleaning in progress
Clearing of debris
Setting up much needed electricity
Offering Trauma relief
Evacuated victims taking a few moments to meditate