India Partners, a US based NGO that has been working in India since 1984, has contacted its partner organizations in India to begin the emergency assistance needs. Reports have been coming in from local agencies in India that the continuing monsoon rains that began in June have killed hundreds, probably thousands, of people. Although this news has not been widely reported in many American media outlets, a Reuters article on August 9 reported that 4.5 million people have been driven from their homes.
"Millions of people have lost everything. They have no food, shelter, or clean water to drink. They are prime targets for disease and need relief supplies immediately. The poorest of the poor-dalits, tribals, and rural villagers-are usually the last to receive help," says India Partners Executive Director, Brent Hample.
"The flood victims are still helpless and left out in some areas. Though our relief camps, some of the poorest areas received rice, dhal and oil to prepare food. There are many areas left out without any help, those people are still crying and suffering. Five farmers committed suicide because of the loss of crops by floods. Still in villages, children are caught up by diseases and dying without medical care," wrote G. Parishudha Babu, Director, Orphans Faith Home in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.
Krishna District has been one of the hardest hit in India, as floods have swelled all over the country. Chikungunya fever has also been reported in Andhra Pradesh and in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Over 4,000 people in the district of Malkangiri, Orissa were affected by the flooding, where cerebral Malaria has also broken out.
The agency is in the process of gathering funds so local agencies can provide food, clean water, and medicines to help treat the victims, and blankets & shelter for the displaced and homeless.
India Partners is well positioned to provide humanitarian help; the agency currently has partner organization offices in Chennai, Machilipatnam, Kakinada, Kolyagudam, and Malkangiri. These towns are located in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Orissa.
Long-term development programs in the country include child development programs, health programs, schools, and economic development activities that improve community access to food and clean water.
To make a donation to help India Partners provide an emergency response in India, here's how to help:
By phone: 541-683-0696, 8am-5pm, Pacific Time
By mail: India Partners, PO Box 5470, Eugene, OR 97405, USA
Brent Hample, Executive Director, Eugene, Oregon, USA: 541-683-0696