You Can Help Now! Heavy Flooding and Relief Work In Kerala, South India
September 4, 2018
Mission India has provided relief in many areas with the help of 30 bible students and the administrative staff. They have cleaned many houses covered with mud and debris. In addition to that, with your support, they were able to provide household utensils and food items to many needy families. We thank Pastor Anish Krishnan and Pastor Sunny Lukos for their leadership in mobilizing students and believers to serve more than 50 struggling families.
There is still a lot of work to be done. Due to the loss of everything, even family members, people are depressed and committing suicide. Following is an article from the New Indian Express showcasing one such case:
KOCHI: Disturbed over the plight of his house in the devastating floods, a 68-year old person committed suicide in Kothadu, Kochi on Wednesday. Rocky alias Kunjappan, of Kuttickal, a construction worker, was found hanging inside his house.
“He told me that he lost all belongings and home appliances were damaged. He couldn’t recover from the tragedy. He was struggling to hold up emotions. He refused to leave the house and said he will stay in the house on Tuesday night”, said Vincent, a neighbour.
Rocky was staying in the house along with his wife and younger son Sujeesh’s family. Due to the flood, the family shifted to a relief camp at the St. Alberts College.
“He left the camp on Tuesday along with his wife and sons to clean up the house. But he was shocked to see the damages caused by the flood. Even as other members of his family decided to shift to a relative’s house in Chittoor in the evening, Rocky refused to join them and insisted on staying at his house overnight. His elder son Prajeesh is staying in Mulavukadu and they also requested him to join them, but he refused”, said Ratheesh, another neighbour.
On Wednesday morning, when the relatives came searching for Rocky, he was found hanging in his house. Relatives said Rocky had not shown any signs of distress.
“He didn’t show any signs of distress. It seems he had told our neighbours that we lost all valuables”, said Sujeesh, son of Rocky.
Since the house was completely damaged, the last rites of Rocky were performed in front of the neighbouring house later in the evening.
Rocky is survived by wife Suvarna, daughter Prajitha and sons Prajeesh and Sujeesh.
The Mission India team continues to visit families and provide spiritual counseling and conduct prayer meetings. With the help of Impact Nations, we are providing water filters to poor families. Please continue to pray for these suffering families and donate as the Lord leads.
August 20, 2018
Kerala had the worst flooding in the last century. Over 800,000 people have been displaced into 5,645 relief camps. The death toll has risen to 400. People lost everything in the flood. Thousands of animal bodies are floating in the waters. The government is struggling to bury these animals in a safe way.
The heavy rains have stopped in many places, but still there is flooding in many districts of Kerala. The cleaning work has started in those few area where water has receded. The rehabilitation work will take many months. Damage estimates are $3 Billion, but the bill is likely to rise as the scale of devastation becomes clearer. God’s people are responding from all parts of the world with love and generosity. This is the time to unite to help others, regardless of caste, creed, or religion.
RIMI’s Kerala team is visiting many relief camps and praying and helping people as the Lord provides the funds. The urgent needs now are cleaning materials, medicine, food, and water. Since everywhere is covered with mud and dirty water, drinking water is the cry of people everywhere.
Please join to help this suffering people by sending a special gift of any amount.
Photos copyright Times of India (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/heres-how-you-can-help-flood-hit-people-of-kerala/articleshow/65415305.cms) and Indian Express (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kerala-rains-live-updates-tamil-nadu-weather-kochi-airport-idukki-dam-mullaperiyar-5307286/)