Christian Aid warns of acute hunger in aftermath of Indian floods

By agency reporter
July 19, 2013

Christian Aid fears acute hunger will hit communities devastated by floods in Uttarakhand, northern India which killed at least 6,000 people, and destroyed food supplies and livelihoods.

As rain continues across the state, some 1335 remote mountain communities remain cut-off, with many roads still inaccessible and relief organisations struggling to reach those in need.

Christian Aid’s Emergency Officer Yeeshu Shukla said: "The incessant rain has caused floods and landslides which as well as leading to many deaths, have destroyed agricultural land and small businesses, and wiped out livestock.

"We have major fears that if this situation continues in the months ahead malnutrition will be a growing problem as people are unable to earn an income."

Christian Aid partner organisations SEEDS, CASA and IGSSS are working in the area, delivering immediate food relief, shelter and essential medical care. They are also supporting communities in developing long-term livelihood solutions.

"‘Detailed assessments are being made about how to rehabilitate affected communities by giving people the opportunity to rebuild their lives and feed their families", said Yeeshu Shukla.

Christian Aid have launched an appeal to help those affected by the flooding: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/current/india-floods/index.aspx

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