According to government sources, the worst flooding in 100 years has hit the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India.
"We cannot see even a roof of a house in the villages because all the houses are filled with water and they are submerged in the water." - David Samuel, Orphans Faith Home
The official death count is several hundred. Several million have been evacuated from low-lying villages due to the heavy rains and massive flooding.
Eugene, OR - Tuesday, August 28, 2007. According to the Government of India, 2,217 people have lost their lives in India to the southwest monsoon since June. And with heavy rainfall predicted for the rest of this week, the number is expected to rise.
Close to 3,200 people in South Asia have died as the heavy monsoon rains and floods have taken their toll. Rivers are overflowing, tens of thousands of villages have been washed out, and refugees have numbered in the tens of millions.
Close to 30 million people in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal are being affected by extensive flooding due to heavy monsoon rains. Over 1,900 are confirmed dead. The number of people affected will rise as floodwaters recede, and water-borne diseases start to spread.
In India, over 1,200 deaths have been confirmed, and over 18 million are homeless or affected by the unusually severe monsoon season. In addition, 67,000 livestock have perished, which are the main source of livelihood for many rural villages that are now under water.
Villagers have nowhere to go
AUGUST HAS BEEN A MONTH OF TRIALS for our partners in India. Floods and fever have affected all five of our partner organizations: Agape Rehabilitation Center, India Abundant Ministries, Living Sacrifice Ministries, Orphans Faith Home and Reaching Hand Society. Please read and respond with your prayers and financial gifts for relief. First-hand reports follow from each of our partners.
Orphans Faith Home (Aug. 16). Director Parishudha Babu writes, "I urge your valuable prayer for the terrible floods in Andhra Pradesh. During the night the flood ...
India Partners is preparing an emergency response of food, clean water, blankets, medicine and shelter to children and families that were affected by heavy flooding and ensuing disease in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Orissa, India. Over 400 are confirmed dead, but the final figure will likely run into the thousands. Millions of homes have collapsed, crops have been ruined, and livestock have been decimated. Chikungunya, a viral fever spread by mosquitoes, as well as malaria, has broken out in the aftermath.
Thursday, October 27, 2005 - India Partners will be sending a volunteer team to India to work at and visit several villages during the period of November 2-17, 2005.
Monday, October 24, 2005 - India Partners is preparing an emergency response to help some of the millions of people in northern India & Pakistan that were left homeless and injured by the massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit that region on October 8. The relief & development agency will send funds to EFICOR, a partner organization in India, to begin emergency assistance to help those in need.
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.
Tsunami reconstruction is in full swing now, eight months after the December 26, 2004 tragedy that claimed over 10,000 lives in India. Two of our partner organizations, Orphans Faith Home and Reaching Hand Society, are involved in these ongoing reconstruction efforts. Orphans Faith Home is active in 40 coastal villages in Andhra Pradesh. The villagers, poor to begin with and economically devastated by the tsunami, cannot afford to repair or replace their boats and nets. Many of these small fishing communities still await outside financial assistance in order to resume their livelihood.
Fifteen days of record monsoon rains in India have claimed over one thousand lives and have left even more without homes, food or hope. The villagers of Rayala Lanka, a poor village located on an island in the Krishna River, took refuge in the second story of a joint church and school building which India Partners helped to build. After water levels doubled, they were evacuated in boats hired by Orphans Faith Home. Three lives of Rayala Lanka villagers were lost in the flooding, and though the remaining villagers are safe from the waters, they are left without homes or food.
Ten days of record monsoon rains in India have claimed over one thousand lives and have left even more without homes, food or hope. Near the Orphans Faith Home is Rayala Lanka, a poor village located on a river island which was inundated in the rains. There the families are left fearful and without clothes or blankets. Village elders report that several of the water buffalo and goats, which were recently given to them to act as a sustainable food source, have drowned. In addition, their rice crops were destroyed.
International relief and development agency India Partners has targeted a portion of tsunami reconstruction efforts, in partnership with Reaching Hand Society managed by Dr. Iris Paul, to provide relief to survivors who have not yet received any aid, in many instances women, children and the disabled.
Sets Additional Goal of $200,000 for Village Reconstruction
January 31, 2005 -- International relief and development agency India Partners has met their goal of $100,000 to be raised for emergency assistance following the tsunami, but has increased that goal by $50,00 as well as setting an additional goal of $200,800 for village reconstruction.
"It is now five weeks after the tsunami hit, and our work in India is shifting to help seaside village communities to rebuild their homes and lives," says Brent Hample, Executive Director of India Partners.
January 14, 2005 - Eugene, Oregon- International relief and development agency India Partners' tsunami emergency relief efforts are now shifting to the important work of medical care and village reconstruction.
"It is now three weeks after the tsunami hit, and our work in India is shifting to help seaside village communities to rebuild their homes and lives," said Brent Hample, Executive Director of India Partners. "Many of the tsunami survivors, and relief workers, are exhausted from the intensity of the work.
January 5, 2005 - India Partners was in a unique position when the tsunami hit -- they already had partner organization offices along the southeast coast of India and were able to respond immediately, not wait for emergency supplies or people to arrive. For the past 10 days the relief teams, made up of local Indian people, have been purchasing supplies in the nearby larger cities and have been delivering aid to the 100 seaside villages in the area.
India Partners is underwriting supplies for relief camps in 100 seaside villages in three districts in southeast India hit hard by the tsunami: Krishna, Guntur and West Godavari districts. Ten local relief teams and three medical teams are traveling throughout the area distributing rice, blankets, clothes, cooking oil and firewood as well as cooking food for the villagers, and attending to their medical needs.
The needs are specific, as outlined by India Partners' contact in that area, Rev.
In response to the increased needs of the people in India who were devastated by the recent tsunami, India Partners has revised it=80fs goal for emergency assistance from $10,000 to $100,000.
"The response by people has been both overwhelming and heart-warming, and we are grateful for the donations that have been pouring in. But the needs are increasing. We have received more emails from our partners in India and slowly the full scope of the devastation is emerging.
Tuesday , December 28, 2004 - In response to urgent requests from the people in the Manginapudi beach area and surrounding coastal villages affected by the tsunami, India Partners hopes to raise $10,000 for emergency assistance. The relief & development agency receives daily updates from several of its partner organizations located in that area of India and has received specific requests for money to supply rice, blankets, milk, clothes and cooking utensils for the victims of the tsunami.
India Partners' contact in that area, Rev.
Monday, December 27, 2004 -- India Partners is preparing an emergency response to help the thousands of people in India that were left homeless and injured by the tsunamis that hit that region earlier yesterday.