NGO pitches in with relief aid in three drought-hit
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) today said it has pitched in with relief
response in 15 districts in the drought-hit states across Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya
"World Vision India programmes in the affected areas are already
in touch with the district and block administration and local NGOs. Depending on the context we will
provide immediate relief like water, cattle fodder and even food ration if required, to the
worst-affected communities," said Kunal Kumar Shah, Director, Disaster Management, World Vision
A child-focused development organisation, the NGO is currently
focusing on providing short term relief, especially to small farmers and aims to distribute food
kits to severely affected families, provide livelihood support, supply fodder, water for livestock,
and set up veterinary camps to address livestock health.
scarcity across the country has led to 330 million Indians being hit by drought this year, the
organisation said in a statement quoting a recent government
Bundelkhand region in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh,
and Marathwada in Maharashtra are the worst affected, with government declaring 27,723 villages as
drought hit in these areas alone, it said.
About 600 villages in the state
of Karnataka are facing severe drinking water crisis owing to one of the worst droughts since 1972,
Further, rising debts due to multiple crops failure drove 216
farmers in Marathwada region near Mumbai to end their lives between January and March 2016 alone,
according to government records.
The severe drought and acute water
shortage has resulted in massive migration for employment which has taken a toll on the well-being
of children who are forced to drop out of schools.
Depending on the
availability of funds, World Vision India said it is hoping to reach out to 183,119 households
affected by drought in 15 of their project locations.
Some of their
successful initiatives include construction of water tanks, check dams and pumps and crop
diversification initiatives for farming through the past year, it said.
Press Trust of
The article was carried in the Times of India, Mumbai
Edition dated 22nd April, 2016