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More EU aid for flood hit Kerala

The worst floods to hit Kerala since 1924 have claimed hundreds of lives and caused widespread destruction.

The European Union has allocated an additional 1 million euros in emergency aid for flood-devastated Kerala, an EU delegation to India said on Tuesday.

According to a statement, this comes on top of the initial assistance of 190,000 euros announced last month and channelled through the Indian Red Cross.

“The EU assistance will complement the national response and reach the most vulnerable communities whose livelihood, homes and belongings have been swept away by torrential rains,” Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said.

“This additional contribution is a gesture of solidarity coming from European citizens who stand by the Indian families affected by the dreadful blow,” Mr. Stylianides said in the statement. The worst floods to hit Kerala since 1924 have claimed hundreds of lives and caused widespread destruction.

“The assistance will be channelled through the EU humanitarian partners who are already working on the ground, and will take the form of essential relief items, water and sanitation, hygiene, and health-promotion activities to counter the insurgence of water-borne diseases,” the statement said.

Rubble, no rudder: Boulders cover Mathilmoola in Nilambur of Malappuram district after Kerala’s nightmarish floods. The Kanjirappuzha, egged on by a maniacal monsoon, did not spare even the 53 houses built by the panchayat for Dalits and tribal people in the village.
Rising from the ashes: No waiting for governmental assistance, tribal women in Wayanad start rebuilding their huts washed away by the floods.
Nature, no nurture: At Mathilmoola, near Adyanpara, of Nilambur in Malappuram district, a river takes back its land over which a road ran. The damage across Kerala is such that the task of reconstruction is not going to be easy, as floods and landslips have changed the terrain irrevocably.
Fragile life: Jaison, 47, a loading worker, surveys what remains of his house at Karikottakkari, around 70 km from Kannur, after a landslip destroyed everything in its wake and took the lives of his wife and father.
Frozen frame: Amina, a cancer patient living alone, weeps as heavy floods gouged out her house and laid her land waste at Kottathara in Wayanad.
Nature, no nurture: The task of reconstruction is not going to be easy, as floods and landslips have changed the terrain irrevocably. At Adyanpara village, 8 km from Nilambur town in Malappuram district, a landslip took away everything in its wake and washed away seven of a family.
Never say die: The indomitable spirit of the people of Kuttanad, a rice bowl of Kerala, rushes in to repair a bund with mud and grass on a paddy field, which is under some 6 feet of floodwater.
Starting anew: Children offer hope in an otherwise bleak prognosis, returning to school near Panamaram in Wayanad, leaving behind fearful memories of dangerous waters.
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