Aid workers distribute food and water to the residents who are stuck in their homes due to rising floodwaters in Kerala, India. Aid workers distribute food and water to the residents who are stuck in their homes due to rising floodwaters in Kerala, India. Aid workers distribute food and water to residents who are stuck in their homes due to rising floodwaters in Kerala, India. (Photo: Atul Loke/Getty Images)

As floods devastate southern India, IsraAid throws a lifeline

The international emergency response group is on the ground distributing urgent relief items and assessing the long-term needs of the affected communities.

The rain has stopped, and the citizens are slowly returning. To what, exactly, they're not sure. Unprecedented monsoon flooding has ravaged the southern Indian state of Kerala this week, killing up to 350 people since May and leaving thousands more homeless and stranded.

In the wake of the disaster, relief is arriving in the form of food, provisions, cleaning supplies and hygiene items. A team from IsraAid, an international emergency aid group based in Israel, deployed to Kerala on Tuesday, will focus on assessing the long-term needs of displaced residents, as well as distributing life-saving supplies.

Two IsraAid staffers organize relief bags to distribute to flood victims in India. The team arrived in Kerala, India, on Tuesday. Two IsraAid staffers organize relief bags to distribute to flood victims in India. The team arrived in Kerala, India, on Tuesday. (Photo: Courtesy of IsraAid)

IsraAid, which has been dispatched to Puerto Rico, Dominica, Texas, Louisiana and Greece in recent years to respond to different disasters, operates with the goal of providing long-term support to survivors, from reconstruction to rehabilitation and eventually, to sustainable living.

An Indian farmer carries muddy plantains left in a storeroom that was flooded in Kerala. An Indian farmer carries muddy plantains left in a storeroom that was flooded in Kerala. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

In the case of Kerala, IsraAid CEO Navonel Glick said several members of the response team are based out of IsraAid's office in Nepal, where floods and earthquakes have taken a tremendous toll in recent years. Those members have received extensive training in humanitarian relief.

IsraAID workers clear away rubble in Nepal IsraAID volunteers pass bricks along to clear the rubble left over from the earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25, 2015. (Photo: IsraAID/Mickey Noam Alon)

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As floods devastate southern India, IsraAid throws a lifeline
The international emergency response group is on the ground distributing urgent relief items and assessing the long-term needs of the affected communities.