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More flooding and destruction in India

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A second devastating cyclone has hit Andhra Pradesh, India, leaving even more victims than did the cyclone and flooding in mid-August. Monsoon rains have caused the Krishna and Godavari rivers to rise twice as high as in August, flooding surrounding villages and leaving thousands homeless and afflicted once again.

As OFH Director Pastor Babu comments, "All their huts are filled with rain, they have no dry clothes. Small children and older people are suffering in the cold." These circumstances are not unfamiliar to the victims now being cared for at OFH, many of whom were given relief by OFH after the tsunami struck in late December, 2004.

The Orphans Faith Home is located between the two flooded rivers, placing it in an ideal geographical location for relief camps. There are currently three OFH food campaigns, including one on the campus itself, where OFH staff is feeding and caring for 600 cyclone victims and has thus far provided over 480 blankets. This assistance is, however, costly and the need is much greater than these provisions allow for.

The cyclone also hit Kakinada, where India Abundant Ministries is located. This organization is also in need of aid as they aim to help twenty families from their church congregation.

India Partners has set a goal to raise $6,000 for flood relief campaigns.

To help India Partners provide an emergency response in India, here's how to donate:

To give securely online, click here: http://indiapartners.org/help.html
By phone: 1-888-870-9085
By mail: India Partners, Flood Relief, PO Box 5470, Eugene, OR 97405
To view information on the August 2005 flooding, click here: http://indiapartners.org/RayalaLankaFlood.html