India Floods


About the Crisis

Heavy monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Kerala, India, resulting in hundreds of deaths and forcing an estimated 1,500,000 people from their homes. More than 800,000 people are now sheltering in evacuation centers. The flooding has affected all of Kerala’s 14 districts, and has caused significant damage to homes, transportation infrastructure, and public services.

Humanitarian organizations are providing lifesaving assistance and working to address the urgent needs of the people affected by the floods. These groups are providing safe drinking water, shelter, hygiene kits, and other critical relief supplies.


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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