Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Kerala in the aftermath of the Destructive Floods of August 2018 – Request for Donations/Contribution

Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Kerala in the aftermath of the Destructive Floods of August 2018 – Request for Donations/Contributions

We are engaged in building 100 Houses for Families who Have Become Homeless during Floods in Kerala in August 2018

Kerala is a small State located in the west part of the southern-most tip of India. It lies along the coast of the Arabian Sea with a length from North to South of about only of 580 kms and is bounded on the east by the Western Ghats, and has a width of 35 to 120 kms.

This State is often called and known as God’s own Country, for the bounty of its natural resources like thick and evergreen tropical forests, rivers, lakes and backwaters, which together create a wonderful experience for large numbers of tourists and visitors from all over the world.

Kerala has about 44 rivers and 35 dams built across these rivers. The State usually receives abundance of rains during the Monsoon season, starting from the month of June and ending in the months of October-November. The average annual precipitation is about 3000 mm. This explains its greenery and its fresh water lakes.

This year (2018), unusual amount of rains caused the greatest tragedy to the people of Kerala in almost a hundred years. Heavy torrential rains, which began in July 2018 and continued till August 20, devastated most parts of the 13 out of 14 Districts of the State, submerged the entire towns and villages lying along all the rivers. An estimated 480 people died, either by drowning in flood waters or by getting buried under the earth due to heavy landslides and landslips triggered by incessant rains in the eastern hill regions. According to the recent ‘The State of Global Climate, 2018’ report of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Kerala Floods of August 2018 is one of the worst among extreme global events in 2018, leading to most casualties among all such global extreme events in the world in 2018.

About 1.5 million (15 Lakhs) were displaced from their homes. The total number of people affected by the disaster is about 5 million. Thousands and thousands of families have lost all their belongings. Their hard earned properties were damaged. An estimated 57000 hectares of agricultural crops have been destroyed in the floods. Domestic animals and birds were dead and lost.

Thousands of families became homeless as large numbers of houses were destroyed or seriously damaged due to flood-waters and/or landslides. They need reconstruction of their houses. The State Government of Kerala is facing the challenge of rebuilding of damaged and lost properties infrastructure, including kilometers and kilometers of roads which were washed away by the flood waters or made non-transportable by landslides, and many public facilities like schools, hospitals, office premises.

Our Proposed Project of Building Houses

The Government of Kerala is hard-pressed for the amount of money needed for reconstruction activities. The Chief Minister of the State has appealed for help from all over the world. For construction of houses, providing means of livelihood and rebuilding basic infrastructure facilities, the State Government of Kerala has appealed to NGOs, charity organizations, corporate and other private organizations to contribute to the rebuilding activities.

We have been from the beginning concerned about the unprecedented destruction to the lives and properties of people of Kerala due to heavy floods and landslides and have been engaged in essential relief work in the aftermath of the disaster. We have now, in response to the appeal of the Government of Kerala, and in view of our commitment as a voluntary organization working in the field of environmental protection and human resources of development of the disadvantaged social categories of people, undertaken to engage in the project of building about 100 houses in Wayanad and Kozhikode Districts, for the benefit of the families whose houses were completed destroyed during the heavy floods and landslides.

The Wayanad District Administration has offered to provide alternate land for housesits.  This is because rebuilding of houses in the same areas of the Western Ghats region, in which most of the Wayanad district falls, where the houses were destroyed, is risky and poses dangers in future since the topography is fragile and prone to further landslides and other geological events.

We will be building 600 sq. ft houses for the beneficiary families indicated by the Wayanad and Kozhikode District Administrations, with the help of financial resources mobilized through donations/contributions from willing sponsors/donars. The beneficiaries being selected by us out of the list of beneficiaries prepared by the Wayanad District are mostly tribal farmers. They have not only become homeless, but have also lost their entire standing crops including the rice crop which was sown recently and was about to be harvested but also cash crops such as pepper, colocasia and betel-nut planted several years ago. These people are not in a position to rebuild their lives and properties on their own.

The 600 sq. feet houses to be built will have 2 bedrooms, one common room and a kitchen and one bathroom+toilet.

Cost Estimates of the Project

  1. Cost for building 100 houses of 600 sq.feet each (90 in Wayanad District and 10 in

          Kozhikode District)

Average cost is Rs 1400 / sq. feet.

 

 
Cost for one unit of 600 sq.feet = Rs 1400  x 600             Rs.       8,40,000
Cost for building 100 houses                                              Rs   8,40,00,000

 

Administrative cost of the project Rs.        5,00,000
Total Cost                     Rs.  8,45,00,000

(Rupees Eight Crores Forty Five Lakhs)

We appeal for donations/contributions for undertaking the above work of building houses for people who have become homeless.  Contribute Now

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