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ACT Alliance Alert: India Floods Response, 17 July 2018

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On the morning of Saturday the 14 July 2018, the state of Kerala in India, was affected by heavy downpour. The monsoon has unsettled the normal living of people in Kerala, it is very urgent to provide humanitarian response to this crisis. The second spell of monsoon has greatly affected the central and southern part of Kerala, consequently, the authorities declared disaster alert in 8 districts . Due to the southwest monsoon, flood situation continues to be in grim in many parts of the Allapuzha , and Kuttand . Over flowing rivers and canals have submerged low-lying areas of the Kuttanad and upper Kttanad, Eranakulam district, Idukki, Kottayam, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta district. According to the recent report from the government, 14 persons have been killed since 9th July 2018, over 6,065 families have been evacuated , 36 houses were destroyed , 1,214 houses were partially damaged, and 1,800 hectare of paddy crop submerged in flood water . Roads are cut off, so people cannot travel as normal to the mainland for accessing humanitarian assistance and aid. In addition the threat of water borne diseases due to accumulation of sewage waste is on the rise.

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The floods have put Kerala in a state of crisis. The flood affected persons find themselves in a desperate situation, with many unmet vital humanitarian needs such as access to: sufficient food, safe shelter and basic non-food items, basic health services and facilities, safe drinking water as well as sanitation and hygiene infrastructure, and protection service. The dire situation is further compounded for the flood affected people with vulnerabilities. There is a pressing necessity to provide immediate assistance to minimize loss of life and to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are covered first.