Gandhi to the rescue in 1924 floods

Nearly a century ago when floods ravaged Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi had termed the misery of the people as “unimaginable” and stepped in to raise over Rs. 6,000 to help them, records show. If the present rain fury has claimed over 290 lives and displaced over 10 lakh people, the massive floods that crippled the State in July 1924 are believed to have claimed a large number of lives and caused widespread destruction. Mahatma Gandhi, through a series of articles in Young India and Navajivan , urged the countrymen to generously contribute for the relief of the flood-hit ‘Malabar’. Heeding a call Following his appeal, people from various walks of life including women and children had donated even their gold jewels and meagre savings to help the flood-affected people. Many had skipped a meal daily or given up milk to find money to contribute to the relief fund mobilised by Gandhi, according to the journals written by him.

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