The disaster in the state of Kerala is due to enormous rainfall, long weeks of continuous rain, consequently, the landslide on the high mountainous areas and the filled reservoirs. In these past days, the rainfall has increased enormously all over Kerala and all the reservoirs were full to the brim. There was no choice than opening the shutters of all the dams, and the heavy rainfall continued without any pause… the rivers could not contain the water and so overflowing to the extent of reaching one and a half kilometer from the middle point. Hundreds of thousands of people living around the river banks have seen an over the flow of water which they have never seen in their lifetime. Within a short time, all the houses were filled with the overflowing water, heavy rainfall at the same time. The rest of the disaster can be seen in the pictures. Hundreds died, thousands homeless and in the rescue camps, many more stranded in the waters, homes, difficult to say now what the real situation is.
How did it affect our fathers and sisters and brothers in Kerala:
Many of our houses in Kerala are on the riverbanks especially of the River Periyar which was overflowing these days.
Mount Carmel Novitiate, Kalady (Malabar Province): They had to be on the second floor of the house for three days without electricity and little food. They have also provided refuge to a few families. They all are safe and today the waters have subsided…but great disaster all around.
Sacred Heart Philosophy College, Alwaye, Atmadarshan, a spirituality center (Manjummel Province): Both the buildings are underwater. Philosophy brothers were evacuated and were taken to Manjummel.. however, the damage to the property is enormous.
Jyothirbhavan, Kalamassery (Manjummel): also under the water. No damage to the lives of the members. But great damage to the property.
St. Joseph’s Novitiate, Annamanda (Manjummel): Whole building underwater, novices were evacuated.
The monastery at Varapoly (Manjummel): the Whole building was under the water.
Theology Study house of the South Kerala Province at Ayroor. Brothers and fathers were caught up in the building for many days. The water reached up to the first floor… in the midst of their own difficult situation, they had the courage to rescue neighboring families, give them food, and shelter them in the monastery. Many of our other monasteries were opened for the flood victims to accommodate and to console them. Fr. Provincial, fathers and brothers of South Kerala Province are continuing their rescue operation in different flood affected areas of Kerala.
Malayattoor Carmel: Our Sisters were also affected and the water entered the monastery.
All these houses were very vulnerable and were on the banks of the river. So they were hit directly by the flood. Somehow, most of the friars managed to survive and protect many other neighboring families. Although the water subsided, the real hardship begins now. Most of the building would be in bad conditions. It would be difficult to estimate and see the real damage…
I do not know exactly what the situation in each place is. However, I know that these houses are affected and our friars are in difficult situations. As I heard our friars have opened emergency rescue centers to thousands of people in our structures at Manjummel and other places…
I hear also about the disaster in Thiruvalla, Ranni, Alapuzha… am sure that our fathers and brothers are caught up in the floods.
This is just to give you a flash news on the situation. We shall collect the exact details at a later period and inform you in what way we can help our brothers and sisters.