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.
BBC News has a slideshow of the disaster, showing just how much impact the floods had.
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.
Had you heard about the flooding in India?