29 August 2006.
World Vision relief has reached 1,166 hunger-stricken families affected by floods in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan.
Though rainfall has stopped, living conditions in Barmer and Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan have worsened, causing shortages of food in hundreds of villages. As a response to this crisis World Vision India has sanctioned funds of 420,000 rupees (US$9,767) to meet the needs of thousands of flood survivors.
"We have distributed a family pack including rice, lentils, cooking oil and plastic sheets," World Vision Marudhara Programme Manager K.K Babu said.
The flash floods that recently hit the state of Rajasthan have already claimed 130 lives in Jaisalmer alone. Around 300 people, believed to have been washed away by the flood waters, are still missing.
Rajasthan has suffered from drought for two decades, and the floodwaters have caught the affected population unaware.
The average rainfall in north-west India is 277 millimetres; so far this year there has been 577 millimetres of rain.
World Vision response
Health and shelter are likely to be the two issues staff will have to deal with in the coming weeks. Local authorities have reconnected most telephone landlines in the area.
At least 420 houses have collapsed and many more are not habitable any more. The need for temporary shelter is crucial.
Three hundred and fifty families have lost their houses. World Vision is providing roofing material worth US$54 per family to reconstruct the houses. The government is providing US$25 per family for immediate needs.
About 95 kilometres from Jaisalmer is the worst affected district of Balmer. World Vision does not have a project in this area. Flash floods continue to wreak havoc there. Ninety-six people are reported to have drowned.
Many people remain stranded despite the army flying 3,500 people to higher ground. The government has distributed 2,000 food packets to people in the area.
Livestock in the district has been badly hit, with 47,000 animals dead.