Responding to the South India floods

The devastating floods in Chennai, Cuddalore, Pondicherry and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have caused destruction to life and property.

The death toll in the recent floods has risen to 325 in Tamil Nadu. Over 1.4 million people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in the state and have been accommodated in temporary relief camps.

There have been widespread damages to government infrastructure, houses, roads, bridges, storm water drainage systems, water supply systems and electricity supply systems. In rural areas, standing crops and agricultural lands have been severely damaged.

Adyar River and Cooum River that flows through the Chennai city caused floods due to high intensity of rainfall.

World Vision India's response

World Vision India responded immediately by providing cooked food and water to around 4000 people. Biscuit packets distributed among children affected by the floods.

World Vision India distributed 11000 water bottles to 4000 people in 13 relief centres at Saidapet and Egmore.

In the first wave of the flooding which happened in late November, World Vision India provided cooked food to over 2000 people. World Vision India had also distributed dry ration and hygiene kits to 580 families in Andhra Pradesh and 250 families in Chennai.

World Vision India is coordinating with the Tamil Nadu IAG & the Government. In Nellore, the project is working closely with the HIV and AIDS positive networks. In Cuddalore, World Vision India is working closely with the District Administration.

The urgent needs of the people are mats and blankets, clothes, hygiene kits, mosquito nets and toilets among others.

"Hundreds of families are crammed together in small spaces in these camps. As water recedes, there is a high possibility of an outbreak of water-borne diseases and skin infections in the next two weeks. Availability of clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities are critical," said Anita Victor, Director - Health, World Vision India.

World Vision India's response will also focus on addressing issue of water and sanitation.

To donate towards World Vision India's relief efforts, please visit worldvision.in/chennaifloods

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