Flooding leaves 3 Million people homeless in India and Nepal


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via Keep Nepal Free by Linda on 9/5/08

US is sending A BILLION DOLLARS to Georgia for aid ...
What is the US doing for these 3 million flood victims from the Koshi River???


As a result, on August 21 , U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell issued a disaster declaration due to the impact of flooding in Nepal . In response, USAID is providing $50,000 through USAID/ Nepal to Save the Children/U.S. and the NRCS for the local purchase and transport of emergency relief supplies, including blankets and shelter materials, to populations affected by the flooding.
According to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi , due to the sudden onset of floods, evacuation activities were slow to start and rescue equipment and boats are in short supply. Flooding has also damaged infrastructure and inundated an estimated 90,000 acres of agricultural land, destroying crops.
As a result, on August 28 , U.S. Ambassador David C. Mulford issued a disaster declaration due to the impact of flooding in India . In response, USAID is providing $100,000 through USAID/ India to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and Catholic Relief Services to support rescue efforts and the procurement and delivery of emergency relief supplies to populations affected by the flooding, among the worst in fifty years.
TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - cbm's International Emergency Response Team has
mobilized a disaster management group to respond to the tragedy in India and
Extreme flooding has caused nearly three million people in India and
Nepal to flee their homes.
"It's almost impossible to imagine the heartache and loss experienced by
these people over the past few weeks," says Dave McComiskey, Executive
Director, cbm Canada.
About 10 days ago, the monsoon rains hit northern India, overflowing the
Koshi river embankment in Nepal. Three million Indian and Nepalese people,
displaced or stranded from their homes are now utterly dependent on food aid.
Many are on the brink of starvation, and the spread of communicable diseases
could result in permanent disabilities.
cbm is working diligently with its partner to deliver food, water
purification tablets and hygiene kits to thousands of families, including
those in the area of the Biratnagar Eye Hospital.
Medical care is being given to the most vulnerable - those with
disabilities, and others who are injured, sick or in immediate risk of a
life-long disability.
"As you know, in these situations, people with disabilities are too often
overlooked," stated McComiskey. "Experience tells us the longer a crisis
continues, the greater the long term consequences to people's livelihood.
"People with disability are often those who suffer the most as they are
unable to flee from danger, find food when it is in short supply, and suffer
greatly from long term economic repercussions."
cbm is asking Canadians to help the people suffering in India and Nepal
by phoning Toll-free: 1-800-567-2264 or (905) 640-6464, online donations at

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, cbm National Media, PR
Manager, (905) 640-6464 ext 289, loconnor@cbmcanada.org

cbm Canada responds to emergency in India and Nepal. (CNW Group/cbm International)


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