Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
Kerala has been facing another devastating attack of the natural calamity even before the memories of the last floods faded away. The torrential downpour creates near to a flood situation inundating many of the districts of Kerala. These rains resulted in landslides in different places, and in one of such incidents, it is feared that more than 40 people are killed or missing. This news comes from a hill station called Meppadi in Wayanad District, the northern part of Kerala. In the meantime, several people have been reported missing in a major landslip at Kavalappara in Malappuram, another northern district in the state. The police said they were rushing Fire and Rescue Service units and NDRF teams to the spot.
The state government has declared a holiday for schools across the state as the red alert was issued for Ernakulam, Idukki, Trissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargode. Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSMA) evacuated 22,165 people and moved them to 315 camps across the state in view of the heavy rains. The authorities are forced to open a few dams and requested the people on the banks of the river to be alert.
As it happened in the last year, the fisherfolk in the state already started the rescue operation, which gives great hope for those who are affected. In the last floods in August 2018, these ‘heroes’ were able to rescue ten thousands of people with their experiential knowledge and fearless commitment.
Earlier on Thursday, flight operations were suspended for four hours till midnight as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rains. Train services are also badly affected. Cochin, Nilambur, Muvattupuzha, and a few other cities are inundated. Disrupted power supply continues to be a challenge for the quick rescue operations. Many are finding it hard to contact the authorities through the official emergency helplines. Poor mobile phone network too has worsened the crisis in remote villages. Some of the local panchayats are now considering the possibility of public microphone announcements to keep their citizens alert of the situations.
Rt Rev. Royce Manoj Victor, the Bishop in the Malabar Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI), informed the Communication team of the CSI Synod that the rescue operations are quite difficult because the roads to Wayanad are either washed away or blocked by the fallen trees. The various organisations of the Church are actively involved in the rescue and rehabilitation process and the church buildings are open to be the rehabilitation centres.
The officers of the CSI Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen (Moderator), Rt. Rev. Dr Vadapalli Prasada Rao (Deputy Moderator), Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda (General Secretary), and Adv. Robert Bruce requested the prayers for the victims of the floods and urged the church members to extend their possible help to Keralites who are facing this calamity in a row.
Kerala State IT mission helpline number: 0471-155300.
~ CSI Synod Communications