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In August 2018, the state of Kerala was hit by its most severe disaster flood in nearly a century. Heavy rainfall and landslides took a huge toll in terms of lives lost and damage to key infrastructure, farmlands, commercial property and homes throughout the state. Over 480 people lost their lives in the tragedy and over a million were displaced from their homes. The total damage to the state is estimated to be over INR 20,000 crore.

While Kerala still continues to suffer from the shock and aftermath of the biggest natural calamity in more than a generation, the state also witnessed perhaps the largest crowdsourced rescue and relief operation in our nation’s history.
Through social media posts, vital dispatch of supplies, and contributing to the disaster relief fund, the youth of the country joined the armed forces, NDRF, local authorities and on-ground volunteers in helping communicate distress calls from people in need, coordinating rescue operations and ensuring the steady supply of food, drinking water, clothes, sanitary products, medicines and other essentials to relief camps across the state, where over a hundred thousand displaced families were temporarily housed.
We state with much pride that many Arsenal Kerala members were among the volunteers on the ground, actively participating in the rescue and relief operations.
The Arsenal Kerala Supporters club, with the help of their compatriots from Chennai (ACSC), also helped raise INR 50,000 from Arsenal fans to contribute to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Several fans in Kerala as well as Arsenal Pune also donated to the cause directly, while the supporters clubs from Hyderabad and West Bengal have promised to do so.

Arsenal Kerala representative Sandeep hands over a cheque of INR 50,000 to Thrissur District Collector Anupama, IAS

Arsenal also shared a post on social media, featuring Petr Cech and Alex Iwobi, expressing their solidarity with the people in Kerala and helping bring global attention to the calamity.

 

Thanking Arsenal and Indian Gooners for the timely help, Tony George – Chairman of AKSC, shared the following message while speaking to arsenalkerala.com

We here at Arsenal Kerala, on behalf of all the fans and the people of the state, thank Arsenal and Gooners from across India for the incredible support in terms of contributions and supplies that have been pouring in from different parts of our country and the World.

The road to recovery will be a long and hard one. But your support, encouraging words and generosity fills us with optimism.
To our Gooner brothers in Kerala, keep up the good work.Through your social media posts, vital dispatch of supplies and contributions, you have joined the armed forces, NDRF, local authorities and on-ground volunteers in perhaps the largest crowdsourced relief operation in our nation’s history.

You have helped communicate distress calls from people in need, coordinate rescue operations and ensure the steady supply of food, drinking water, clothes, sanitary products, medicines and other essentials.

You have done us and Arsenal proud.

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