Floods in India

Huge splashing wave
Image courtesy of Nina Matthews Photography, on Flickr.com

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Aug 2, 2013

Last month early monsoon rains caused massive floods in India. Over 1,000 people have been killed (one source reports nearly 6,000 are “presumed dead”) and the U.N. estimates that 1.25 million people have been affected. Earlier this week we announced that we have committed $25,000 to help the victims of this disaster, in addition to our ongoing work with farmers in the Bihar region of India.

If you feel like you completely missed hearing about this disaster, don’t feel bad. It didn’t stay in the U.S. news cycle for long. We’re here to catch you up.

In Pictures

BBC News has a slideshow of the disaster, showing just how much impact the floods had.

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BBC News – In pictures: Uttarakhand after the floods

Thousands still Missing

Thomson Reuters reports,

India’s Himalayan region of Uttarakhand was lashed by its heaviest rainfall on record, causing glacier lakes and rivers to burst their banks and inundate towns and villages.

Now authorities say there is little hope of finding alive the 5,748 people declared to be missing from the disaster, making it the deadliest ever in the mountainous region.

Their spotlight coverage is ongoing, providing updates on the search for missing people and recovery from the damage.

Thomson Reuters ongoing coverage

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has ongoing coverage of the disaster

Had you heard about the flooding in India?

is Lutheran World Relief’s Interactive Marketing Manager and an ordained pastor in the ELCA.

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