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India drought

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Over 25% of India's population faced severe drought, increasing debts and suicide rate among farmers.

Drought conditions are persisting unabated all across India. Deficient rainfall in 2016 has caused the drought situation to deteriorate for the second consecutive year.

8 states – Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – have been declared drought-affected by the government, with Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu being severely affected. Arpana ADP, funded by Malaysian sponsors, is among the areas impacted by the heat wave and acute water shortage.

Due to the current situation, there is evidence of a widespread crisis in areas like food, nutrition, water and health. There is also not enough fodder for feeding animals. Small and marginal farmers are unable to pay off their mounting debts, due to recurring crop failure. According to a notice by the National Human Rights Commission, as many as 106 farmers were reported to have committed suicide in the span of a month.

World Vision India is currently focused on providing short-term relief to the communities we support in drought-hit states. In all, World Vision hopes to raise USD1 Million (around RM4.3 million) in order to reach 2 million people with emergency relief over the course of two months.

This emergency aid seeks to:

  • increase immediate access to food at the household level through provision of food kits and water to severely affected families
  • provide livelihood support through activities linked to cash for work
  • supply fodder and water to severely affected areas, so that cattle and veterinary camps can address cattle health
  • provide awareness on drought mitigation and preparedness