PQMD Member World Vision Responding to Recent Global Events

People use boats as they try to move to safer places along a flooded street in West Midnapore district, in West Bengal. Source: REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

PQMD member World Vision is responding to recent flooding in India and the recent earthquake in Sichuan, China.

World Vision is responding to flooding in India and the earthquake in China. Several hundred thousand hectares of land was flooded in West Bengal after incessant rain with water released from different barrages of the Damodar Valley Corporation. Fourteen districts in West Bengal were flooded and 50 people lost their lives as a result of the flooding. World Vision India is part of the Rapid Joints Needs Assessment (RJNA) in the worst affected districts of Hooghly and Howrah. Their efforts are expected to last for the next three months and include efforts to provide immediate relief to families affected by the flood. World Vision India will work to distribute food items, hygiene kits, shelter materials and short-term livelihoods in areas most affected by the floodwaters.

Rubble sits in front of a hotel after an earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County in China’s Sichuan Province. Source: CNN

A magnitude 7 earthquake struck Jiuzhauigou County in Sichuan Province in western China on August 8. As of August 10, 20 people are reported dead and 431 people injured. Over 60,000 people have been evacuated. World Vision China assessment team is in Sichuan and coordinating with the local government. World Vision has allocated 2 Child Friendly Space Kits, 5 school tents and 100 child friendly kits for use in the affected area. World Vision continues to monitor and will respond to child protection and psychosocial support needs as they are identified.