Long-term 'desperate need' likely as thousands lose everything, reports ministry leader appealing for more 'helping hands'
Online PR News – 22-August-2018 – GFA-supported workers (formerly: Gospel for Asia, www.gfa.ca) are stepping up efforts to help with rescue and relief efforts in Indias Flood-stricken Kerala state, as the death toll and number of displaced people in the worst flooding in nearly a century continue to climb.
Though rains have mostly subsided, an unknown number of people are still stranded or without food and water, and resources at packed relief camps have been stretched. More than 300 have died as a result of the flooding, and thousands remain marooned, according to BBC News.
GFA-supported teams have used boats to search for and rescue some of the missing, and visited relief camps to deliver urgently needed supplies, including medicines, food, water and toiletries. Workers at GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centres have also been distributing supplies.
GFA founder, Dr. K.P. Yohannan, who visited relief camps to help with the distributions, thanked those who have given money to help the people of Kerala in desperate need.
You are so far away from us, but actually you are here, through your prayers and your kindness, and together we are doing it, he said in a video report from one of the relief camps. And Jesus said, When you do this, you do it for me, and thats the most important thing. Thank you again for being used by God to care for the poor and wipe their tears.
One man who joined with GFA-supported workers spoke of working for eight hours to save his mother-in-law and some of her neighbours.
We were all in neck-deep or chest-deep flood waters, he said. It became like Noah's time when floods destroyed all. Eventually, by God's grace, they were able to get to safety.
Even as the immediate crisis ends, the need for help will continue for a long time, Yohannan said. Tens of thousands have been affected by the monsoon, he said, and it will take years before any of them have any normal life, because they have lost everything.
“You are so far away from us, but actually you are here, through your prayers and your kindness, and together we are doing it, says Dr. K.P. Yohannan”