How Floods Damaged Public Libraries In Kerala

Soiled books, smashed furniture, damaged equipment and rooms filled with mud tugged at the heartstrings of volunteers and officials at flood-hit public libraries in Kerala as they went to clean.

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How Floods Damaged Public Libraries In Kerala

Kerala Floods: How Floods Damaged Public Libraries In Kerala, In Pictures

New Delhi: 

Soiled books, smashed furniture, damaged equipment and rooms filled with mud tugged at the heartstrings of volunteers and officials at flood-hit public libraries in Kerala as they went to clean. According to an initial estimation by the Kerala Library Council, around 228 libraries affiliated with the council have been either seriously damaged or washed away in the recent Kerala floods.

The Council has around 9,000 libraries affiliated with it while 6,000 of them receive grants from the council.

Read: Call For Public Participation In Rebuilding Flood-Damaged Libraries In Kerala

However, activists said the number of damages libraries which are not affiliated with the council will be much higher as the state has the tradition of most organisations, clubs and social groups building their own libraries. Activists have also called for the participation of civil society and professional agencies in rebuilding the libraries in these areas.

Read: How Social Media Campaigns Helping To Rebuild School Libraries In Kerala

Images given here will help you understand how the floods affected the public libraries in Paravoor locality of Ernakulam district in Kerala:

(Photos are collected from Chendamangalam Facebook group and workers of DYFI, Paravoor, Ernakulam)

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Children soaking a collection in a library. 

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A pile of books which are soiled during the floods 

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Locals and volunteers arranging books outside a library 

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Books are left for soaking inside a library 

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Damaged books are lying near a library in bundles

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Books and furniture kept outside a library

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Again... books are left in the open to soak 

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A pile of books which are soiled during the floods 

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