Kerala witnessed the worst flood in nearly a century. It took lives of more than 400 people, tens are missing and at least a million people have been evacuated to safer places. Entire country is standing besides Kerala in this tragedy. Along with central and state government, startups also did their bit to contribute for relief funds for the victims. Huge sum of money, approximately 718 crore rupees is contributed by the public so far.
Along with the funds, people from across the country are sending trucks full of relief materials to Kerala. Materials include water bottles, basic medicines, groceries, vegetables, sanitary napkins and other necessary items. While we all are doing our best to contribute in whichever way we can, an incident has come to light which is saddening and shocking.
According to Facebook post of Madhish Parikh, collection camps in Kerala are mismanaged and chaotic. Eatables are rotting away in the camps.
There are huge collection camps setup in Kerala but no one is accountable there of making it reach to the people in need.
Here is what the post says.
We all in good faith are sending relief material to Kerala. Now let me show you what actually happening there. Thanks that we sent our team to deliver it to the ones who are actually affected by floods.
There are huge collection camps setup in Kerala but no one is accountable there of making it reach to the people in need. Our team reached one such collection center – St. Thomas College of Engineering & Technology in Chengannur, Kerala 689521 and they found tonnes of relief materials stacked.
Today morning when they started to ask officials about the movement of these materials to the concerned officials they said that they have no idea of when to dispatch and escaping from the responsibility. On one hand there is public in direly need of materials and on the other hand there is no movement from the collection camp.
Our team noticed
1. Vegetables are rotting away. Fungus engulfing all vegetables and fruits.
2. Officials not doing any movement of the relief materials collected. Multiple State Governments have also send relief materials.
3. Officials are taking away selective materials for themselves, opening boxes and checking, trying out pants, shirts.
4. The tables of officials are full with empty tetra packs of Frooti and other food packets. Not delivering to the people in need.
5. Huge littering of relief material. Throwing in open spaces without care.
6. If they come across a cargo containing Sanitary Pads, they throw it away at the back.
7. Complete chaos and zero management.
All these can be seen in the videos and pictures uploaded here.
The things have gone tough for us knowing the situations now. But we won’t let the faith down of people who have supported us in different capacities and we will be making sure that the help reaches to the right people and at the right time. We are committed to act.
We are not sure about what is happening at other relief camps. The team is travelling around to have a ground check.
Here is what he said in another post.
Connecting with the ground workers and knowing the situation in Kerala is very important before sending Relief Material.
We learnt this from our experience that our team members shared who were volunteering in Kerala.