Through southern and central Asia, flooding in recent weeks has been the "worst in living memory," according to the United Nations. Across northern India, countless villages have been flooded, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
Church World Service is supporting the efforts of long-time partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), as it provides initial relief assistance to 17,500 flood-affected families.
Assistance includes cooked food for families; a woolen blanket, dhoti (men's garment), and sari (women's garment); dry rations (rice, lentils, cooking oil, salt, chili powder, turmeric powder) and cooking utensils; tarpaulins for temporary shelter; water purification tablets and bleach. CASA also plans to help 5,000 families to repair or reconstruct their flood-damaged homes.
In Pakistan, Church World Service continues to assist more than 20,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected households, providing food packages, plastic sheets, reconstruction materials, health services, hygiene kits and training, counseling and community services, and training for aid workers.
In parts of China, torrential rains, flash floods, landslides, and mudflows are affecting millions of people.
The Amity Foundation, a long-time Church World Service partner, is assisting vulnerable families in the municipality of Chongqing and in the provinces of Anhui and Jiangsu. Assistance includes a blanket, quilt, and mosquito net to each of 4,000 families, and 15 kilos (about 33 pounds) of rice per person for 4,000 people from 1,500 severely affected families.
In the next year, Amity will also help communities rebuild 500 houses, six school buildings, five clinics or hospitals, five drinking water systems, and six irrigation systems.
Monetary contributions are urgently needed to support these relief and recovery efforts.