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Flooding in India: CRS to Assist Thousands of Families

September 13, 2013 by

Many villages in Bihar, India are still cut off after more than a month of heavy rains and flooding. Photo by CRS staff

Many villages in Bihar, India are still cut off after more than a month of heavy rains and flooding. Photo by CRS staff

For more than a month, 20 districts of Bihar, India experienced flooding that resulted in the loss of 125 lives as well as the loss of household assets, crops and livestock.

Water has receded over the last few days but many villages are still cut off. Although this part of northeast India faces flooding almost every year, such massive devastation has not happened for more than a decade.

Currently the government is providing food in affected areas, but it is unclear how long that support will continue.

In addition to food, CRS teams report the following immediate needs in affected communities:

  • Drinking water & hygiene
  • Shelter
  • Health
  • Feed for livestock

CRS will help 5,500 families in some of the worst affected villages with water/hygiene kits and temporary shelter

The kits will include buckets, filtration cloth and water purification tablets to ensure safe drinking water. The hygiene package will include sanitary napkins, baby diapers and soap, among other items.

The areas CRS has targeted for assistance are still flooded with limited access.  CRS and our partners will respond as areas become accessible and distributions are able to take place.

 

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