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Millions Affected by Intense Heat Wave and Drought

World Vision India begins its emergency response in the drought-affected areas in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The focus is on providing access to clean drinking water, water for livestock and cash-for-work programmes for deepening of ponds which will enable water storage during rains.


The intense heat wave has affected people in many states across India. The failure of monsoons over the last two years has led to drought and acute water scarcity in many parts of the country which has led to crop failure and severe losses for farmers.


Through cash-for-work programmes, families of landless labourers and marginal farmers will have a source of income which would help curb distress migration and sale of assets.


"We are closely monitoring the effects of the heat wave on our communities, especially the children, in all our areas of operation. We have already begun a low-scale response in some of the acutely affected programmes in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala," says Kunal Shah, Director - Disaster Management, World Vision India.


The immediate need is to ensure adequate management of water and water resources through a combination of cash-based programmes, direct humanitarian aid to severely affected communities, fodder for livestock and livestock protection from the heat wave.


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Whenever disaster strikes, natural or man-made, World Vision India generally follows the first-in and last-out approach. Our rapid response team reaches the ground within 24 hours the disaster strikes. Our work begins by assessing the extent of the damage and providing immediate emergency relief. For the first few weeks, we continuously distribute emergency aid and relief to residents affected by the disaster.


Over the following months, we help families stabilize by providing non-food items and livelihood support. We set up child-friendly spaces to provide children with a caring and safe environment.


Our staff remain with the communities until the families have recovered and are ready/able to start life again.


Our Response Team caters to the immediate needs of the affected population and adheres to the industry standards. Camps and the beneficiaries are identified on the basis of need alone.

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