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Emergency Physicians Respond to Flooding in Kerala

In August, 2018 India’s southern state of Kerala experienced its worst flood in over a century. Over a period of weeks, heavy rains, rising flood waters, and land slides left an estimate 483 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. In response to the devastation, the National Health Mission, the district administration & ANGELS (Active Network Group of Emergency Life Savers) initiated ‘Operation Navajeevan,’ a joint private-public partnership with healthcare facilities & NGOs in the region to provide medical relief to flood victims. This article describes the relief efforts in Kozhikode, a costal region of Kerala, where operation Navajeevan was initiated.