Fund commits $80,000 to aid India’s flood victims
The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund
September 1 2008
TEAR Fund commits $80,000 to aid India’s flood victims
TEAR Fund is committing $80,000 to bring relief to the displaced millions following the worst flooding in 50 years, in India’s state of Bihar.
TEAR Fund’s partner in India, the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR) is experienced in disaster relief, having responded to most of the worst disasters to hit India over the past three decades. A team is already assessing the situation and will provide much needed water, shelter, medicines and food as families flock to relief camps across one of poorest states in India.
TEAR Fund senior programmes officer, Bernard Gomes says while the death toll is not high at present, it is a huge disaster in terms of displacing more than 2 million people.
“These people have an uncertain future as their hopes and dreams have been swept away. It is now a race against time to make sure others don’t die from secondary killers such as waterborne diseases. The floods have also destroyed vital crops and killed livestock, adding to the pain, and this will have a ripple effect across India given the current global food crisis. “
TEAR Fund’s partner is co-ordinating its efforts with other aid agencies and the Indian Government to ensure an effective response and that there is no duplication of aid.
Editor’s Note: TEAR stands for The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund so the first word is capitalised.