Churches aid flood-hit Assam

July 12, 2012 by  
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Assam, July 11, 2012: More than 60 volunteers, already trained by CASA in disaster management, are helping people in the some of worst affected villages and assessing their requirements.

Churches and Christian charities in north east India have joined the relief efforts in flood-hit Assam.

The Council of Baptist Churches of North-East India (CBCNEI) has mobilized its congregations and would reach out to needy families, regardless of their faith, said Reverend Jolly Rimai, CBCNEI emergency.

He said that they would later start rehabilitation work for affected Christian families.

At least 18 churches have been damaged in the floods, he added.

Satyjit Sen, chief zonal officer for eastern region of Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), said their organization has rushed emergency relief kits to 2,000 families in two of the worst-hit districts in the state.

CASA is a charity wing of the Orthodox and Protestant Churches.

Sen said that reaching targeted areas is a major problem as roads have been damaged and even washed away at some places.

He said that the government has asked CASA to help coordinate relief work in two districts of Barapata and Sonitpur districts.

More than 60 volunteers, already trained by CASA in disaster management, are helping people in the some of worst affected villages and assessing their requirements, he added.

Caritas India, a social action wing of the Catholic Church, has also initiated major relief work in coordination with local Catholic dioceses.

It has facilitated emergency medical aid to more than 500 people.

The organization will also begin water and sanitation facilities with an effort to increase awareness of health and hygiene

Over 120 people were killed in the floods and nearly 2.4 million affected after torrential monsoon rains inundated thousands of villages and submerged roads and towns.

– anglicancommunion.org

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