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News ->Massive flooding in North Bengal

(28 September 2006)

Flooding in North BengalAround 600,000 villagers on the border between West Bengal and Jharkhand have been hit by massive flooding. Continuous rainfall since the beginning of September has led to rapid rise in river levels which is now forcing villagers out of their homes and into temporary accommodation.

The Child In Need Institute (CINI), which has long-term development projects in the area, has launched an urgent flood relief operation. "The priority is now to prevent the outbreak of water borne disease and dehydration in children following diarrhoea", said CINI's Director Samir Chaudhuri.

Flooded home in North BengalThe charity's immediate action in the area will include the distribution of water-purifying tablets, bleaching powder and oral re-hydration salts to control the spread of diarrhoea and other infections. Following these emergency measures, CINI plans to initiate rehabilitation work in the area, helping to rebuild homes and livelihoods. An estimated £30,000 is needed in order to undertake this work.

Anna Taylor, from the charity's London office said, "We urgently need funding for this relief effort as hundreds of thousands of men, women and children have been displaced by this disaster and are urgently in need of aid."

Support for work to help the victims of the flood can be given at or by sending donations to CINI UK, Suite 631, 456-458 Strand, London, WC2R 0DZ. Registered Charity No. 1092674.


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