Kerala Flood Response

Providing safe shelter and basic amenities to the most vulnerable people during the floods in Kerala.

In August 2018, Kerala received heavier than usual rain leading to severe floods across the state and landslides in the mountainous districts of Idukki and Wayanad. In addition, out of 54 dams in Kerala, heavy rains caused 35 dams to release excess water, adding to the increased water levels. CARE India responded to the destruction and loss caused by the flooding and landslides, in Idukki and Wayanad, promptly and in a concerted manner.

Agricultural lands were destroyed, crops were submerged underwater, and huge economic losses were incurred by the farmers. The floods also resulted in an increase in food prices, making it difficult for the poor to secure even one meal a day. The impact on animal husbandry was equally severe.

Our Activities:

  • CARE India completed the initial phase of distributing relief kits and recovery activities, with the support of our on-ground NGO partners, ESAF in Idukki and Shreyas in Wayanad.
  • Activities like shelter repair, well cleaning and repair, awareness building meetings on WASH, and community centre repairs were undertaken by us to aid the recovery of the community infrastructure.
  • Distribution of bleaching powder, capacity building and awareness generation were also an integral part of CARE India’s overall project plan.


The basic needs for safe shelter have been met for the most vulnerable people, including socially excluded groups and persons with special needs in the villages where CARE India intervened. The shelter repair work undertaken ensured that specific resilient features were incorporated in terms of quality, technical specification of construction materials, and its usage.

  • Solid concrete bricks instead of hollow bricks for walls
  • Quarry stone for foundation work
  • M. Sand used for concreting work
  • P. Sand used for plastering works
  • Increased thickness of TMT bars for reinforced cement concrete work
  • Increased size of metal used for Plain Cement Concrete (PCC) and Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) works.
  • Aluminium Roofing Sheet used for roofing instead of asbestos.


The implementation of this project brought forth some examples of the following good practices:

  • There was flexibility in levels of assistance to give minimum assistance to large numbers and more intensive assistance to the most vulnerable which helped in achieving greater relevance and coverage.
  • Ensured representation in participation of the families, specifically of women members in the entire process of shelter repair.

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