2018 Kerala Floods Response

The worst flooding in a century has hit India's southern state of Kerala, leading to hundreds of casualties and almost one million displaced - with another month of rain still expected. In August alone Kerala has experienced 164% more rainfall than normal, causing more than US$3 billion in damages and forcing over one million people to take shelter in relief camps. Give2Asia is now mobilizing direct support to local organizations in our trusted partner network that are engaged in recovery efforts helping those on the ground. 


  Photo from Reuters

Photo from Reuters

Situation Overview

Updated on August 20th, 2018

  • On August 8th, 2018, torrential downpours struck Kerala and have triggered floods, landslides, and bridge collapses throughout the state. Rainfall is over double that of a typical monsoon season and is expected to continue for several more weeks, already making this Kerala's worst flooding in a century.

  • The floods have caused an estimated US$ 3 billion in damages. Kochi international airport has been closed until at least August 26th, more than 6,200 miles of roads have been damaged, and at least 34 dams and reservoirs have been opened.

  • More than 350 people have died and 800,000 people have been displaced, with estimates much higher for displaced persons and those who refused to leave their homes under expectation that the rain would subside.

  • The greatest needs are for bringing bottled drinking water and other resources to displaced persons in remote areas. On August 19th, two trains carrying 1.5 million liters of water moved to the flooded areas to distribute to those in need.

Current Response & Partners

Give2Asia is working with its local partner network in India to assess needs. We will be providing updates to our response efforts and partners as we have new information. 



SEEDS is providing immediate aid to vulnerable displaced families through family shelter kits that will be followed by intermediate housing support.

The SEEDS team is on the ground in Kerala for initial assessments of damage caused and will reach out to the most marginalized tribal communities and slum dwellers, who are usually the last ones to be helped during such crises.

Their one-year response program will be conducted in two major phases.


Phase I: Relief Activities (HAPPENING NOW)

The prime objective of this phase is to ensure the survival of the most vulnerable amongst survivors by providing support in the form of health camps, family shelter kits, and student kits. 

The cost of supporting one family with a Family Shelter Kit: 

INR 32,000, or US$ 458. 

The cost of organizing a 7-day medical camp, including doctor consultation and basic medication:

INR 500,000 or US$ 715.

The cost of supporting one child with a complete school kit:

INR 1,000 or US$ 14. 

Phase II: Early Recovery

During the second phase, SEEDS will support families with intermediate shelters until the lengthy process of government compensation is completed. These shelters will each include locally available materials structured with disaster resilient elements and will include assistance repairs.


The cost of supporting one family with a transitional shelter:

INR 75,000 or US$ 1,075. 


 Sundaram colony, Kalpathy, Palakkad District. Image from SEEDS team.

Sundaram colony, Kalpathy, Palakkad District. Image from SEEDS team.



ActionAid is responding immediately, providing food, temporary shelter, reconstruction support, and health kits. They are working in communities hit hardest by the floods - Pattanamthitta, Idukki, Wayanaad and Allapuzha. These districts have a high number of indigenous tribes, Dalit and minority Muslim communities, as well as informal sector labor working in coffee and tea plantations. With sufficient funding, ActionAid's response will support up to 45,000 impacted people.  They have also proposed a long-term recovery plan for up to 10 months post-disaster.


Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS)

In the short term, IGSSS is providing dry rations for households that are food insecure, helping replace education materials and uniforms for school-going children, distributing WASH/Hygiene Kits, and providing psychosocial support services.  In the Wayanad district, IGSSS will be responding in Mananthavady and Vythrir Blocks. IGSSS has coordinated with other humanitarian agencies as well as local government authorities and the Kerala Inter Agency Group (IAG) to ensure there are no geographical or intervention overlaps in the target locations.



GOONJ is on the ground conducting impact assessments and providing immediate relief to those in need. They require monetary support to continue providing resources which include:

  • Basic emergency supplies: Blankets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, toiletries, utensils, cookers, water purifier tablets, candies and match boxes, solar lights, children's clothing, sarees, towels, sanitary napkins, umbrellas, raincoats, bedsheets and curtains, new undergarments, slippers, sleeping mats, and school materials.

  • Dry rations: Rice, spices, rava, tea, sugar, coconut oil.

 Image from GOONJ tea



ChildFund conducts child-centered humanitarian response efforts and is currently addressing emergency needs at the relief camp level while conducting needs assessments for longer-term programming. They intend to launch a 3-6 month response program in 25 villages in Wayanad district of Kerala aimed at supporting children and families throughout recovery and restabilization processes. 

The plan is to build and manage 25 safe Child Centered Spaces (CCS) that would benefit at least 1,250 children for 3 months.

The cost for establishment and management of each CCS:

INR 100,000 or US$ 1,430. 

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities to mitigate ill health, waterborne and other communicable diseases in 25 villages.

The cost for WASH implementation in each village: 

INR 7,000 or US$ 100. 



Providing compact family relief kits to 2,500 vulnerable households, benefitting 12,500 persons including 5,000 children. 

The cost for each family kit (benefiting 5 people):

 INR 4,300 or US$ 62. 

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To date, Give2Asia has swiftly and thoughtfully responded to over 40 natural disasters in Asia and rebuilt local communities with $50 million in funding. Let us be a part of your Kerala flooding response. 

For more information, contact Sheena Agarwal, Development Manager of Disaster Programs at +1 415 967 7378 or sagarwal@give2asia.org