World Vision Providing Relief to Flood-Affected in Gujarat

One of the largest Christian relief and development organizations in the world has provided relief to thousands of people in India's Gujarat region where floods have left about 175,000 people homeless and killed over 131.

Relief efforts by World Vision were launched almost immediately following the torrential monsoon rain that left 70 percent of the western Indian state of Gujarat under water last week and destroyed or heavily damaged thousands of houses. According to reports, approximately 25 million people have been affected.

“More than 13,000 people received cooked food in Vadodara district by World Vision's Baroda Area Development Program,” reported World Vision India’s Jayanth Vincent. “A rapid response effort was also launched in the Vyara program area.”

In addition to this assistance, World Vision also supplied more than 20,000 food packets to the government, to be air-dropped into flood-affected areas during the first few days of the response.

"We continued providing cooked food for people from our target areas for the next few days as they were still in the relief camps," said Manoj Chauhan, World Vision's program manager in Baroda.

“We also provided close to 12,000 liters of clean drinking water and 2,500 packets of milk each day for the children, in association with the Baroda Milk Dairy,” he added.

World Vision also provided 500 sets of utensils to families in Padra subdistrict, around 20 km from Baroda, and is looking at other possible interventions.

With tens of thousands of people rendered homeless, various agencies - Government, voluntary agencies, religious groups, civil society and others - have also provided initial emergency relief.

Army and paramilitary forces have also been deployed and are conducting search, rescue and evacuation activities. Local NGOs and youth clubs have extended help to the government deputed forces for rescue operations.

According to a report by Action by Churches Together (ACT), the worst affected areas are Sagar, Chattarpur, Damoh, Sahra, Riva and Katni where 1 million people are severely affected.