The Rainforest Alliance is deeply concerned about the intense flooding in the coastal state of Kerala, India which is reportedly the worst monsoon flooding in over a century. We are monitoring this devastating, ongoing situation and the impacts it has on the people of Kerala, including those working and living on tea estates, as well as our staff and partners in the region. We have taken safety measures and are in close contact with our regional staff in Kerala and the surrounding areas including Kodagu.
Within the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certification programs, there will be delays with ongoing investigation and certification activities on tea estates and plantations in Kerala and the surrounding areas. The local certification bodies are not able to travel to the field until conditions improve and roads are deemed safe. Delays in exports of commodities are also expected as it is challenging to gain access into the state of Kerala. We are exploring how to best support our local partners in this situation.
We wish safety and strength to our staff and partners in Kerala and in neighboring regions. We will continue to monitor and hope the situation improves as soon as possible.