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The Website for co-ordinating the rehabilitation of the people affected in the Kerala Floods.

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Table of Contents




  • Check out this Wiki to see how to run docker for this project.

Python 3




Setting up an S3 Account

Getting Started


Setting up a development environment

1. Create database and user in Postgres for keralarescue and give privileges.
psql user=postgres
psql (10.4 (Ubuntu 10.4-0ubuntu0.18.04))
Type "help" for help.

postgres=# CREATE DATABASE rescuekerala;
postgres=# CREATE USER rescueuser WITH PASSWORD 'password';
postgres=# GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE rescuekerala TO rescueuser;
postgres=# \q
2. Clone the repo.
git clone
cd rescuekerala
3. Copy the sample environment file and configure it as per your local settings.
    cp .env.example .env

Note: If you cannot copy the environment or you're facing any difficulty in starting the server, copy the settings file from for local testing.

4. Install dependencies.
pip3 install -r requirements_debug.txt
5. Run database migrations.
    python3 migrate
6. Setup static files.
    python3 collectstatic
7. Run the server.
    python3 runserver
8. Now open localhost:8000 in the browser That's it!

Setup using docker-compose


Run the scripts in the root directory

  • - to start the services.

  • - to stop the services.

  • - to rebuild and restart the services.

Creating migration files


If your code changes anything in, you might need to make changes in database schema, or other constraints. To create migrations files, run python3 makemigrations --settings=floodrelief.settings after making your changes. Also make sure to add these files in the commit.

Running tests


When running tests, Django creates a test replica of the database in order for the tests not to change the data on the real database. Because of that, you need to alter the Postgres user that you created and add to it the CREATEDB privilege:


To run the tests, run this command:

python3 test --settings=floodrelief.test_settings

Enable HTTPS connections


Certain features (example: GPS location collection) only work with HTTPS connections. To enable HTTPS connections,follow the below steps.

Create self-signed certificate with openssl

$openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout key.key -out certificate.crt -days 365 -subj '/CN=localhost' -nodes


Install django-sslserver

$pip3 install django-sslserver

Update INSTALLED_APPS with sslserver by editing the file floodrelief/ (diff below)

+    'sslserver',

Note: Make sure that this change is removed before pushing your changes back to git

Run the server

python3 runsslserver  --certificate /path/to/certificate.crt --key /path/to/key.key

In the above example the server is being run on a local IP address on port 8002 to enable HTTPS access from mobile/laptop/desktop for testing.

How can you help?


Verification of Rescue Requests

You can help us with verifying user submitted request from our Ushahidi volunteer portal. Please follow the usermanual available in either English or Malayalam

Contribution Guidelines

Check out this Wiki for our contribution guidelines.

Please find issues that we need help here. Go through the comments in the issue to check if someone else is already working on it. Don't forget to drop a comment when you start working on it.

Testing PRs

We have a lot of Pull Requests that requires testing. Pick any PR that you like, try to reproduce the original issue and fix. Also join #testing channel in our slack and drop a note that you are working on it.

Testing Pull Requests

Note: If you have cloned a fork of raksha-life/rescuekerala, replace origin with upstream

  1. Checkout the Pull Request you would like to test by
    git fetch origin pull/ID/head:BRANCHNAME`
    git checkout BRANCHNAME
  2. Example
    git fetch origin pull/406/head:jaseem
    git checkout jaseem1
  3. Run Migration
Submitting Pull Requests

Please find issues that we need help here. Go through the comments in the issue to check if someone else is already working on it. Don't forget to drop a comment when you start working on it.

Always start your work in a new git branch. Don't start to work on the master branch. Before you start your branch make sure you have the most up-to-date version of the master branch then, make a branch that ideally has the bug number in the branch name.

  1. Before you begin, Fork the repository. This is needed as you might not have permission to push to the main repository

  2. If you have already clone this repository, create a remote to track your fork by

    git remote add origin2
  3. If you have not yet cloned, clone your fork

    git clone
  4. Checkout a new branch by

    git checkout -b issues_442
  5. Make your changes.

  6. Ensure your feature is working as expected.

  7. Push your code.

    git push origin2 issues_442
  8. Compare and create your pull request.

Flood Map

You can find the repo for the Flood Map here :


Website for coordinating rehabilitation of people affected in the Kerala Floods





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