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South India Floods Emergency Response

World Vision Malaysia has completed its fundraising effort for South India Floods. If you would like to support our work in ongoing disasters and emergencies around the world, please give to General Humanitarian Emergencies Fund.

World Vision India has declared a Category III emergency for the monsoon that hit the state of Tamil Nadu and is causing incessant rains and heavy flooding in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, leaving more than 1.8 million people affected. We are appealing for USD2 million to distribute immediate relief items and prepare for recovery through shelter and livelihood projects.

The immediate target is to provide emergency relief items to 52,236 people (13,059 households) in the worst-affected communities in Chennai City, Cuddalore, Nellore and Kandukur.

More than 200 people have lost their lives. According to government reports, over 400,000 people have been shifted to relief camps. There are widespread damages to government infrastructure, houses, roads, bridges, storm water drainage systems, water supply systems and electricity supply systems. In rural areas, crops and agricultural lands have been severely damaged.

“We left everything there. The water came in very quickly. Our belongings would all be covered in dirty water now. We need mosquito nets badly. We’re worried that our children will fall sick from mosquito bites. Most of us came here just with the clothes we were wearing. We need a change of clothes," said Jaya, a Community Based Organisation leader from an affected ADP in Tamil Nadu.

Most of World Vision India's operational areas that are affected are slums and settlements in the city that are located along reservoirs and lakes in the city.

We would like to assure child sponsors with sponsored children in Arpana ADP in Andhra Pradesh, that the ADP is not affected.

However, six other ADPs supported by World Vision offices are affected. All the children are safe, but the families and children are in need of food, drinking water, temporary shelter, clothes, blankets, hygiene kits and basic medical support. With many still being housed in relief camps, and water stagnation still an issue, the risk of water-borne diseases is high.