The Kerala flood in the month of August 2018 had resulted in the demolition of many infrastructures including hospitals, schools, houses, bridges, roads etc. The need for the basic amenities like drinking water, food, proper sanitation and medical supplies were critical in order to avoid the outbreak of diseases. Rehabilitation facilities were an alarming need of the time, to which the CMI congregation and CEVA responded quickly by opening its institutions for refugee camps, distributed food kits, basic amenities etc
The CMI commitment is not limited to refugee camps and supply of basic amenities; rather we decided to rebuild the community by ensuring safe homes for the victims of the flood. CEVA formed a 12 member Disaster Management Cell at Karikkamuri on 13 September 2018 to initiate and coordinate activities for rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. The following decisions were taken in the initial meeting:
- Organize special ‘Adalaths’ at flood affected areas by working with Kerala State Legal Service Authority.
- Create strong Social Associations.
- Focus on quick rehabilitation activities
- Social awareness on government policies and benefits
- Distribution of relief items in the severely affected areas.
A comprehensive rehabilitation program for the flood victims was evolved based on the local needs. CEVA distributed the fund received to the eight South Indian Provinces to support the deserving victims of the flood in their respective areas. The support includes construction of new houses and renovation of damaged houses like roofing, walls, plumbing, electricity etc.
Flood Rehabilitation Program at Kainakary, Alappuzha
As a response to the need for safe living space for the flood victims, CEVA identified five most deserving families in Kainakary, Alappuzha who lost their houses in the flood. The initiative is supported by German donors. A team including representatives from Germany, Engineers, CEVA Secretary Fr. Varghese Kokkadan and Chavara Bhavan Director Fr. Thomas Kallukalam visited the construction sites on 1st February 2019 to monitor the progress of house construction.