Flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala throughout the summer of 2018 resulted in 483 deaths and the displacement of more than 800,000 people.
Airlink partnered with humanitarian organization CADENA to deliver and install lifesaving water purification systems in communities affected. Following a flood event, the likelihood of waterborne diseases are greatly increased. Water purifying systems filter out 99.9% of all bacteria, effectively saving lives by preventing cholera, giardia, E.coli, and other common diseases caused by a compromised water supply. The four-person volunteer team installed 150 water filters and trained each community on their use and maintenance. The filters will clean 800 liters per day and will last up to five years. In all, the flood response helped 25,000 people gain access to clean water.
Airlink also helped MedShare move nearly 4,000 pounds of medical supplies to treat flooding survivors in partnership with local NGOs. The medical necessities delivered, including gauze, gloves and other commonly needed surgical supplies, were used to treat 4,000 patients.