When the most devastating monsoon floods in over 100 years hit the southern Indian state of Kerala in August 2018, more than 400 people were killed and 1,000,000 were displaced and forced to live in relief camps.
Staff at Scania India and its Kerala dealer EVM Motors organised Scania for Kerala, a humanitarian relief mission for residents impacted by the natural disaster. Scania India employees donated one day of their salaries and other amounts to help fund the purchase of needed relief materials, and Scania contributed an equivalent amount or more for the same purpose.
A Scania bus with 25 specialists including doctors, veterinarians, carpenters, electricians, drivers, service technicians and Scania volunteers, travelled to Aluva and Chalakudi, two badly affected areas.
Scania India mobilised a #BusforHumanity which continues to operate as a free of cost shuttle service between Aluva and Chalakudi.
During the Scania for Kerala mission start-up kits were distributed to more than 9,000 people. Medication was provided to more than 600 patients and more than 1,000 families were helped with the restoration of their homes. Some 10 tonnes of food were dispersed, as well as clothing, medicines, and other necessary personal hygiene items.