Pope Francis Prayers for Victims of Kerala Floods

Pontifex, Praying for Kerala Floods ,during the Angelus on August 19, 2018, in St. Peter’s Square,with the 20,000 pilgrims gathered prayed for the many victims of thefloods in Kerala. Pope Francis urged the international community to stand in solidarity with India and to offer concrete help to those affected by the floods.

Kerala is witnessing a massive flood fury over 357 people have lost their life and two lakh people have been rescued and close to 300Ks people have been left homeless and all roads damaged transportation are suspended due to heavy rains over past 9 days .

A little girl from Tamil Nadu, Anupriya had been saving the money for 4 years to buy a bicycle for herself. But as Keralais witnessing worst floods,She decided to donate all her piggy bank savings for flood victims. Touched by this, Hero Cycles announced bicycle for Anupriy. Naib Subedar Manbar Singh of 13 Garhwal Rifles and his team carried out rescue operation in 8-10 feet deep water for five hours and rescued 536 persons in Kerala. All MPs and MLAs of Shiv Sena to contribute their one month salary to Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Nor the rain stops in flood-ravaged Kerala, focus now shifts to supply of food, water, and medicine; Flights to resume from Kochi naval air base from today.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced that the Government will honour fishing workers who were part of the rescue mission. All boats will be granted ₹3000 for each day of their work. Government will also bear the repairing costs of boats damaged during the mission.1) Ernakulam Siva Temple distributing food. 2) Kollur Shri Mookambika Temple to donate Rs 1 Crore. 3) Attukal Devi temple donated Rs 25 Lakh. 4) Kalleri Kuttichathan temple donated Rs 2 Lakh Many other Hindu Temples donating, helping & also sheltering Victims. Shahrukh Khan donated 5 crore for Kerala flood victims.

Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund: NO: 67319948232, Bank: State Bank of India, IFSC : SBIN0070028, SWIFT CODE : SBININBBT08.

Indian army has done commendable work  but Impostor wearing Army combat uniform in video spreading disinformation about rescue & relief efforts. Every effort by all & #IndianArmy aimed to overcome this terrifying human tragedy.Forward disinformation about #IndianArmy on WhatsApp +917290028579

Rescuers searched submerged villages in southwest India on Sunday in a desperate hunt for survivors after floods killed more than 350 people and stranded thousands without food or water.

Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state´s worst floods for a century, and emergency responders fear the death toll will rise as they reach areas almost entirely underwater.

Thousands remain trapped in towns and villages cut off by the floods, and heavy rain forecast in coming days threatens to compound the disaster.

Bedraggled survivors massing at evacuation centres have described desperate scenes after days without food or water.

“They were the scariest hours of our life,” 20-year-old Inderjeet Kumar told AFP at a church doubling as a relief shelter in the hard-hit Thrissur district.

“There was no power, no food and no water — even though it was all around us.”

Local officials said the overall death toll in the state since the start of the monsoon on May 29 had reached 357, with 33 of them found dead in just the last 24 hours.

In Thrissur, rescuers searching inundated houses discovered the bodies of those unable to escape as the floodwaters quickly rose.

“They didn´t think that it would rise this high — 10 to 15 feet at some places — when the initial warnings were issued,” said Ashraf Ali K.M, who is leading the search in the small town of Mala.

“Some of them later gave distress calls when the water rose high and fast,” he told AFP at the scene Sunday as dead cattle and other livestock floated past.

Among the dead was a mother and son whose home collapsed around them late Saturday. Another was a local man who volunteered for the search and rescue mission.

His body was retrieved by comrades early Sunday, said Dibin K.S, a Kerala firefighter, in a grim reminder of the perils facing rescuers.

Thousands of army, navy and air force personnel have fanned out across Kerala.

The army said Sunday that 250 people were evacuated from Pathanamthitta district, many of them sick after days in the pounding monsoon rain.

Food, medicine and water has been dropped from helicopters to isolated areas.

A train from Pune in Maharashtra state headed south on Saturday for Kerala laden with more than one million litres (two million pints) of drinking water.

But roads and 134 bridges have been damaged, cutting off remote areas in the hilly districts of Kerala which are worst affected.

Rising torrents of murky brown water swallowed the only remaining road into the town of Mannar, where 10,000 residents are estimated to be trapped, The Times of India newspaper reported.

The state´s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan vowed Sunday “to save even the last person stranded”.

Fishermen have sailed inland from Kerala´s coast to join the search, as volunteers erected soup kitchens and appeals went out worldwide for donations.

At St Peter´s Square in the Vatican on Sunday, worshippers held aloft signs reading “Pray for Kerala”, a state with a large Christian population.

“Our solidarity and the concrete support of the international community should not lack for our brothers,” said Pope Francis on Sunday.

Many panic-stricken flood victims have resorted to appeals on social media, saying they cannot get through to rescue services.

In Mala, desperate villagers had to improvise as the floodwaters rose, using kitchen pots as rafts to reach their stricken neighbours.

“They used these huge cooking pots to rescue around 100 people in the first wave of flash floods, as no one was prepared (for a rescue),” one local rescuer told AFP.

There have been moments of cheer amid the tragedy.

In the hilly district of Idukki, rescuers told the Press Trust of India of working through the night to save a newborn boy and his mother from the rising waters.

But dam levels remain dangerously high, swollen by monsoon deluges, and more rain is forecast.

The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of rain until August 23 across Kerala, including heavy downpours in the districts of Kozhikode, Kannur and Idukki.

Idukki has received more than 321 centimetres (126 inches) of rain since June and is now virtually cut off from the rest of the state.

Landslides triggered by the torrential downpours have wiped out entire villages. Some 350,000 people have been left homeless and taken shelter in relief camps.

The floods have caused an estimated $3 billion in damage but the bill is likely to rise as the scale of devastation becomes clearer.

Vijayan, the chief minister, has requested extra funding as well as 20 more helicopters and 600 motorised boats to step up the rescue efforts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a brief air inspection tour of the state Saturday and announced an immediate grant of $75 million.

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