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2018 India Kerala Flooding Situation Report 2 – period covered: August 17 - 18, 2018

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Humanity Road activated its disaster desk on August 16 after severe flash flooding and landslides impacted the state of Kerala in India. This report number 2 provides early indications based on social media for August 17-18, 2018.

The Government of Kerala continues to maintain centralized information for response efforts, providing a single website portal including rescue requests, needs, offers, volunteers, and non-governmental organizations at https://keralarescue.in and has now added a crowdsourced rescue heat map with needs, and shelters at https://keralarescue.in/map/

Background

18 Aug

Humanitarian Aid International in India reports that the state of Kerala has seen the worst flooding in the living memory, due to heavy rains continuing since July. The Indian Meteorological Department has declared Red Alert in the entire state, but amongst all Alapuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Wynadu, & Idukki districts continue being the worst affected. The chief minister has described the situation as "very grim" and sought support for relief and recovery. For the first time in the history of Kerala, all the gates of 37 reservoirs had to be opened to release excess water, which caused widespread inundation of rural as well as urban areas. The coastal area habitations are also facing serious danger due to intrusion of seawater and overflowing of rivers. source: https://reliefweb.int/report/india/kerala-floods-disaster-response