Jamaat also urged the Central government to intensify relief operations and declare the floods in Kerala as ‘National Disaster’.
NEW DELHI — A delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind leaders led by its Vice Presidents Nusrat Ali and T. Arif Ali visited the flood affected areas of Kerala on August 23 and 24 to review the relief operations carried out by Jamaat cadre and assess the situation in the state that has been hit by massive floods, landslides due to heavy rains.
Thirteen districts of flood-hit Kerala have been very badly affected leaving more than four hundred dead, tens of thousands of houses submerged in water and lakhs were forced to shift to relief camps.
The Jamaat leaders visited Wayanad district, Malappuram, Aluva and Mannam among the worst affected areas and assessed the damage done by the worst flood of the century. Jamaat leaders also took into account the relief work done by Jamaat cadres in the state so far.
Commendable work by Kerala Jamaat
Organizations working under Kerala Jamaat have done a commendable job. Especially the (Ideal Relief Wing) IRW volunteers’ service even reached those areas where the government machinery could not, like Adivasi colonies etc. Hundreds of volunteers are actively engaged in relief activities risking their lives.
Relief activities were done in a systematic and planned manner. Relief Camps hosting thousands of people have been running in Palakkad, Panthalam, Eranakulam and Malappuram districts. Volunteers are actively taking part in collecting and distributing material required for basic needs.
Relief cells have been working 24X7 at district and state level. This has helped to make relief activities efficient. Deploying requisite number of volunteers and resource collection are what Relief Cells mainly do.
Jamaat also appeled for large scale aid and support by addressing press meets and other platforms of mass media.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (Kerala) has come forward with a two-level rehabilitation model
Immediate rehabilitation (short term)
To clean houses and wells that has become unusable due to flood;
To do urgent repair works;
To provide necessary utensils and study materials.
These activities are being carried out by IRW and Human Welfare Foundation Volunteers
Long term rehabilitation (Future programmes)
Reconstruction of flood affected houses of poor, giving preference to those who do not get governmental help. Aid to those who lost their livelihood / livestock, etc. are included in this project.
After assessing the situation of relief operations in Kerala, the Central leadership of Jamaat issued an appeal to all sections of society for providing more support and aid for those affected by the floods.
Jamaat also appeals to various NGOs and Social Service institutions to come forward for helping out Kerala in its hour of need.
Jamaat also urged the Central government to intensify relief operations and declare the floods in Kerala as ‘National Disaster’ considering the scale of destruction and loss in the state by floods.