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The context

Update: Our response to the flooding in Kerala

According to news reports, in India's worst-affected Kerala state 800,000 people have been displaced and more than 350 have died since flooding that began on August 8. Officials are calling it the worst flooding in Kerala in a century.

Mercy Corps India is preparing an emergency response to help people survive and begin to recover and rebuild. We know from our past experience that essentials such as clean water, food and shelter are needed most after disaster strikes, and expect to connect some of the 800,000 people who fled their homes with the essential clean water, food and household items they need.

The likelihood of disease outbreak is high as tens of thousands of people are seeking refuge in crowded relief camps. Access to clean water, hygiene supplies and sanitation services are particularly critical to prevent the spread of waterborne illness such as cholera.

Currently, Mercy Corps is responding to humanitarian crises around the globe, including crises in Yemen, Jordan, Iraq and Syria. You can support Mercy Corps’ humanitarian responses by making a gift here.

Life in India

Large swaths of the Indian population remain desperately poor despite the country’s rapid economic growth, led by the flourishing private sector. These communities are often unable to access basic amenities and services, and have limited access to opportunities offered by the growing economy. Millions of people are especially vulnerable to the impact of disasters and may lose their fragile livelihoods and homes all at once if a natural disaster strikes.

Our work

  • Emergency response: Responding to human suffering in the aftermath of disasters with emergency supplies, cash distributions, and water and sanitation services.
  • Agriculture & Food: Linking farmers to markets and supporting them with tools and resources to improve productivity and increase incomes.
  • Children & Youth: Teaching proper hygiene in schools to reduce disease, and empowering young people through leadership training.
  • Health: Working with rural communities to provide water and sanitation facilities and encourage proper hygiene practices that positively impact community health.
  • Economic opportunity: Training unemployed youth from tea-growing families and connecting them with jobs. Helping small businesses run by women improve and grow through management and technical resources.