Emergency Relief Assistance
India could be facing the worst drought this century, according to Christian Aid staff in India and Indian organisations supported by Christian Aid. The states of Rajasthan and Gujarat in western India are the most severely affected, while the states of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa are also experiencing drought to a lesser extent.
Due to scanty and inadequate rainfall for the last two years in Rajasthan, the crop has been severely affected. The scarcity problem has been reported in 23406 villages spread in 26 districts and hence on 9.1.2000 these villages were declared as scarcity (drought) affected villages. In all 26.1million people and 34.5 million animals are affected. The drought condition is worsening year after year over the last three years.
One of India's most popular tourist destinations is the focus of what a British aid worker in the region describes as a 'looming disaster'.
by Alina Labrada, Press Officer/Writer
Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org, with news reports
NEW DELHI, April 20 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Thursday it had stepped up efforts to help people in India's eastern Orissa state to offset the impact of an expected heat wave following the loss of tree cover during last year's cyclone.
Appeal no. 28/99 - Period covered: 1 March to 5 April 2000
Projects constituting the third, rehabilitation, phase of the operation -- agricultural support, reconstruction, well rehabilitation and food for the extremely vulnerable -- are getting under way, but the food distributions, must contend with outbreaks of hostility from the rest of the community, fired by the widespread and increasing food shortages in the area. Red Cross, UN, NGOs and government agencies operational in the stricken areas of Orissa are closely monitoring developments.
Christian Aid's partner-organisations have been helping the homeless and bereaved with emergency food and reconstruction materials in the aftermath of the cyclone which hit the Indian state of Orissa. Christian Aid's appeal raised £1.3 million, boosted by a further £410,000 from the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.