Kerala Flood

In the late-end of July, 2018, severe flooding affected the Indian state of Kerala due to sudden unusual high rainfall during the monsoon season. It was the worst flooding in Kerala in almost a century. Nearly, 400 people died within half a month, while at least 4.5 lakh people were evacuated. All 14 districts of the state were placed on high alert. According to the Kerala Government, one-eighth of the total population of Kerala had been directly affected by the floods and related incidents. The Union Government declared this devastation on the Level 3 Calamity or ‘Calamity of a severe nature’.

Intervention

Smile Foundation in collaboration with Transunion, KFC and PepsiCo. provided much needed relief to the people stranded in their own homes due to the heavy floods.

Relief work was started and approximately 1000 households and 5000 people were reached in the more than 16 villages in Waynad district. 2796 families were provided with food packets at various places. The aim was to reach to as many people as possible. More than 10-15 health camps were conducted every day at multiple locations across the city. A total of 10 camps were conducted in Waynad district alone at various places. Volunteers were identified who worked tirelessly night and day and rescue teams were deployed to help people out of places which were filled with water.

Project Highlights

  1. Relief operations conducted in two phases: phase I was Intensive Relief Operations which was concluded and Phase II is Health Based Rehabilitation Support.
  2. 2796 families were provided with food packets and disinfectant kits at various places in different districts.
  3. Awareness sessions on how to be safe from water borne diseases and follow healthy habits to be safe from diseases were attended by both men and women.
  4. Smile on Wheels deployed to provide free health care services to the affected people.

IMPACT

More than 100,000 families have been benefitted from the relief and rehabilitation interventions

More than 3000 students received benefit from school-health programs

10 selected schools of Alleppy district were provided with computers, tables, chairs, books for library and uniforms.

More than 3000 students received benefit from school-health programs