Indian churches have joined the relief efforts in order to succor the victims of flash-floods in Kerala. Indian state Kerala has been hit by unprecedented floods and landslides; as the natural catastrophe continues to wreak havoc, killing nearly 400 people.
All 41 Catholic dioceses in Kerala have offered schools and other church run institutions to serve as shelter for the displaced people. Moreover, they are providing food, clothing and other goods to the affected. 70-year-old Father Jose Plachickal, Vicar General of Idukki Diocese in Kerala told the media: “It is an unprecedented situation in my lifetime. The roads to many parishes are blocked because of massive landslides and uprooted trees.”
India’s rapidly mushrooming Church of Signs and Wonders, Khambra extended financial support of more than a crore Indian Rupees. Apostle Ankur Narula announced that the church will also help the affected people build their houses and provide manpower if needed.
The Indian Bishops’ Conference (CBCI) joined in with offering prayers for the victims and survivors of the flooding. Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas, General Secretary of the CBCI released a note saying that it “appreciates the timely and efficient recovery work undertaken by local and state authorities, as well as the strong and immediate support provided by the Union government”.
It was stated that on behalf of all the Indian bishops, he “shares the anguish of the people afflicted by this enormous natural disaster”. He added that: “The solidarity manifested and the help being provided cutting across political divides and religious or class belongingness is exemplary.”
Kerala is facing its worst flooding in a century, as the death toll almost reaches 400. Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday that floods have whacked a loss of Rs. 19,512 crore to the state. Indian officials stated that more than 7 lakh people are in 3,232 relief camps across Kerala.
Rains subsided on Sunday, August 19 which gave the rescuers a chance to rescue those marooned in far flung areas. Relief goods were airdropped to the victims still stranded in inundated areas. Torrential rains are lashing Kerala since end of May; rains triggered flash floods and landslides. Entire villages have been swept away as a result of nature’s fury.