Youngsters with smart phones can register themselves as damage assessment volunteers.

Kerala government calls for young volunteers to aid in flood damage assessment
news Kerala Rains 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 - 10:21

The Kerala Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has called for volunteers to help assess the damages incurred to houses in the recent floods and landslides in the state. The CMO has said that youngsters with smart phones can register themselves as damage assessment volunteers.

The volunteers will be alloted to work with respective district administrations 

“This will be an opportunity for the youngsters of Kerala to be part of rebuilding the state. Volunteers will be led by respective district administrations and required to work with local self government departments and revenue officers,” stated the CMO in its Facebook page on Thursday.

The assessment of damages suffered by houses will be studied with the help of a mobile application survey. In 2018, when the state had seen another deluge, volunteers along with the district administration used to survey houses and grade it according to the level of damages.

Those interested can click this link and register themselves as volunteers.

In the aftermath of 2018 floods, there was widespread criticism from a section of flood victims that the damage assessment was not precise. Many had given appeals to reconsider the level of damages being assigned to their house after the survey.  The houses were graded as partially and fully damaged and financial aid from the government was being given according to this.

The district administrations will probably be cautious this time to avoid the recurrence of such criticism. In a bid to make the process of rebuilding homes a transparent exercise, all district administrations have displayed the details on their officials websites. From the financial aid given to the families to the development of houses, details are available to the public through these official websites.

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