India flooding: World Vision appealing
for $2 million, expanding response
Chennai, India, September 4, 2008
- Agency to reach 125,000 people with shelter, food, survival kits, recovery assistance
- Children increasingly at risk of malnutrition and disease, World Vision warns
- World Vision also helping thousands affected in Nepal, readying supplies in Bangladesh
— As more than 3 million people continue to be affected by the historic flooding in India’s Bihar state, World Vision is appealing for $2 million globally to reach 125,000 children and adults with immediate relief, recovery and rehabilitation assistance.
In the last three days alone, the Christian aid agency has provided immediate food relief to some 10,000 people in Madhepura district, one of the worst affected areas. World Vision has provided cooked food, dry rations, family kits, and shelter material, and will be expanding its response to meet the growing needs.
“Looking at the number of the people in the camps and needs that would arise, we have added temporary shelter material, hygiene kits and water containers to the survival kits,” said Franklin Joseph, World Vision’s director of humanitarian emergency affairs in India.
Even as the floodwaters are starting to recede, World Vision staff report that medical care, clean drinking water and protection for children remain urgent needs. The aid agency is especially concerned about the health threats faced by children in relief camps, including skin diseases.
“We are assessing the needs as quickly as possible so that we can put in place additional programs to respond to the health needs of the people in the camps,” said Joseph.
Meanwhile, numerous families continue to look for loved ones separated from them in the flooding. One family interviewed by World Vision aid workers had lost two boys in the flooding. Pappu, 14, and Deepak, 10, have been missing for a week now and their parents have started to lose hope. Neighbors suspect that the raging waters washed both of them away.
The flooding crisis is affecting neighboring countries as well. In Nepal, World Vision is assisting survivors in 20 temporary relief shelters, constructing makeshift bathrooms, distributing food and blankets and providing cooked meals. In Bangladesh, the agency has prepared seven-day relief kits and put its rapid response team on standby.
The public can help by calling 1.888.56.CHILD or by visiting www.worldvision.org
ENDFor interviews with World Vision staff from India, or for photos from the scene, contact Rachel Wolff at 253.394.2214 or Rwolff@worldvision.org.
Notes to Editor
- World Vision has worked in India since 1958. Current programs focus on clean water, economic development, children’s health and education, disaster response, child labor prevention, HIVand AIDS prevention and care, and other pressing poverty issues.
- World Vision has responded to every major disaster in India in the last few decades, including the 2004 tsunami, Kashmir earthquake and the recent floods in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Orissa and Assam states. World Vision has more than 1,500 staff in India and is a member of the NGO steering committee of the National Disaster Management Authority.
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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice..