AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: ER for Flood Disaster in South India
Flood caused by a record-heavy fall of rain in late September has taken away hundreds of lives and displaced approximately 2,500,000 people in the provinces of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (as of Oct. 7th.) More than 200 people were reportedly killed in Karnataka, the most devastated province, and over 350,000 people are now evacuated in evacuation camps.
In response to this calamity, on Oct. 11th, a coordinator from AMDA Headquarters in Japan arrived in Karwar, Karnataka to join AMDA India in providing assistance.
On Oct. 12th, AMDA visted Utara Kannanda and met with local officials. The team assesed the extent of the damage in three most affected villages as advised by the local officials.
At the villages of Binaga and Sakalbag, greater area is under water and many of the houses (made of mud) were destroyed. On Oct. 13th, AMDA team distributed various goods to local children including clothes, book bags, stationery and biscuits. As of now, the villagers are doing their best to reconstruct the area.
AMDA team is currently planning on further initiatives.