Vikas Gora, Regional Manager (South India) of the NGO, Bal Raksha Bharat, who has 25 years of work experience working in disaster relief efforts, said the people and government of Kerala had set a benchmark. “This really is an extraordinary demonstration of resilience of communities… The pace of their response is unbelievable. Schools are open, which means children are away from harm. Even parents have been proactive, sending kids to school. In very many places, the first thing that happens in a disaster is a dropout, even for a short time. Here, what we find is that children are coming to school, which is unique,” he said.