Along with many heroic efforts from the armed forces, various rescue teams, fishermen and locals serving as guides to the more remote areas in Kerala, India, Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported Bridge of Hope staff members have stepped in to help families and children after the terrible monsoon flooding.
Approximately 191 enrolled students in Bridge of Hope centers in Kerala were evacuated to higher ground along with their families while floodwaters destroyed and ruined their homes.
Bridge of Hope staff brought supplies and a loving smile to many in relief camps in some of the most affected areas. They distributed items such as blankets, firewood, clothing, food kits, plates and glasses. In one camp, the staff was able to serve 225 people a meal. They also cleaned people’s homes.
As the floodwaters slowly recede, relief efforts remain. But many are left desolate, with no home to return to. The people of Kerala are now hard at work cleaning out what is left of their homes, but the real scare and fear lie within the stagnant floodwaters.
The Indian Express said, “Even as water recedes from major areas, authorities are preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases.”
Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, stated, “The focus of the state government will be to bring life back to normalcy even as rescuing the people stranded in remote areas continues. Rehabilitation of the affected will be taken up with the cooperation of the local people.”
Please pray that sicknesses and disease will be minimal as the people in Kerala now wait to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Please consider helping the ongoing relief efforts made by hundreds of Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported workers by giving toward the Disaster Relief Fund.
Help Disaster Relief teams serve survivors of flooding and other disasters.
Donations to support GFA’s disaster relief work in Kerala can be made at www.gfa.org/flood.