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Kerala Flood Relief - 2018

24-hour helpline at Amrita University saves lives

In August 2018, floods hit the state of Kerala. More than 500 people were killed and 1,000,000 displaced. Immediately, more than 400 volunteers formed Amrita Helpline – a 24-hour call-in center set up at the Amritapuri Campus of Amrita University.

Within five days, the team fielded more than 25,000 calls and connected over 100,000 flood victims with appropriate relief services. This included government officials, the Navy, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, Kerala State Police, local fishermen and other volunteer agencies.

We also sent volunteer rescue teams and emergency medical units to flooded areas and set up more than 30 relief camps. In addition, we donated $1,400,000 US to the state government’s relief fund.

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