Kerala Floods: Caritas India steps up for aid

The state of Kerala has been going through troubled times—'troubled' would be a less appropriate word for it. 'Devastating' and 'disastrous' would be the terms beffiting to describe the condition.

The torrential and unending rains have wreaked havoc and have risen the death tolls up to 324 with an estimated loss of 19,512 crores.

Rescue operations are on a war footing, in the state, with as many as 1155 relief camps being functional.

As Kerala is battling the 'worst flood of the century', over two lakhs have been displaced from their homes. Owing to landslides and incessant rains, the district of Idukki has been completely marooned.

The central rescue and armed forces teams have been putting forth a commendabale effort, with Southern Naval Command (SNC) deploying around 58 rescue and diving teams in the flood-ravaged areas.

Several churches, schools and colleges are functioning as relief centres in the state. The Church's social arm for humanitarian aid, Caritas India have sent an eight-memeber team to the local communities in multiple parts of Kerala, to evaluate the requirements for relief and rehabilitation.

Caritas have been aiding the Social Development Diocesan Partners of Kerala, towards the relief operations, supplying the affected with relief kits and essentials.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the president of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), on behalf of the Church in India, has appealed the Catholic community to “come together in solidarity and encourage the community of faithful, institutions and people of goodwill” to contribute freeheartedly to the cause.

The funds may be directed to:
Account Title: CARITAS INDIA, SB Account number: 0153053000007238,
Bank name: The South Indian Bank Ltd,
IFSC Code: SIBL0000153, 22 REGAL BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, NEW DELHI – 110001.

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