India is currently in monsoon season, but this year has seen unprecedented rainfall with complications mounting. At last report, there have been 324 deaths throughout the state of Kerala, and more than 223,000 people are being housed in 1,500 relief camps. Seven UPCI churches have been damaged. More than 100 families of our church have been affected and some have lost their homes and belongings.
Since June Kerala has experienced 37% excess rainfall. Compare this to 2013 when the area saw this percentage over the entire monsoon season. Unlike in the past, many dams have had to be opened to release the excess water. This has caused widespread damage to many buildings, homes, and churches in multiple districts. Almost all buildings in the region are submerged and even the military personnel are having difficulty getting to the region to help. Roads are entirely underwater causing hundreds of people to be stranded, and even the Kochi airport has been shut down until at least August 26th.