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Floodwaters Destroy More than 10,000 homes, ADRA Responds with Aid

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SILVER SPRING, Md. - Severe rains in the eastern state of Orissa India have inundated the region, affecting more than 170,000 people across the state's 19 districts. Government sources report the floods have claimed the lives of 16 individuals, with a number of others reported as missing. The Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding, providing humanitarian aid to victims in the hardest-hit flood areas.

The Agency's intervention focuses in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene through the distribution of water purification tablets, jerry cans, and buckets. These items provide flood-affected victims with safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing. The Agency's response is continuing while the floodwaters recede.

Significant rises in water levels throughout major rivers in Orissa were noted after the state had experienced heavy rainfall. The Kendrapara and Puri rivers are reported to be flowing above danger levels. ADRA's local office reported that hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated to higher ground to escape the flowing floodwaters in low-lying areas. More than 2,700 villages have been affected, with more than 80,000 hectares (197,684 acres) or over 308 square miles of cultivated land now submerged. Reports indicate that schools and colleges in severely affected districts are closed until the floodwaters recede.

More information will be provided as ADRA expands its response.

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ADRA is a global non-governmental organization providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.

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Author: Christina Zaiback, ADRA International