India Flood Relief Update

April 01, 2010

Thanks to your response and gifts received in 2010, construction has begun on replacement housing in some flood-ravaged villages of South India. Hastily made bamboo huts allocated during the emergency phase are now being enlarged and strengthened with durable building materials. Funds have already been sent to indigenous missionary ministries through Christian Aid, but with so many still in need, much more help is needed.

Last July, the worst flooding of the century devastated the southern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. It can only be described as a nightmare. Over 290 people died, but many of the survivors are still in desperate need.

The devastation was so chaotic that one ministry leader told Christian Aid, "At this time we cannot even think about the dead and lost. We must rescue those who survived and waiting for our help."

Another leader wrote, "They need everything. There is no limit for your help." Christian Aid was able to respond to these pleas immediately by sending funds for blankets, bedding, clothing, money, cooking vessels and food. Relief camps provided for temporary housing since most homes, churches, or other buildings that might have been used as shelter were all destroyed. In some cases people are still living in their partially destroyed homes, badly in need of restoration for safety as well as health concerns.