Church reaches out to flood victims in India

USPG has sent emergency funds to support the relief work of the Church of South India (CSI) after torrential rains, landslides and flooding claimed dozens of lives in Kerala state.

CSI is providing villagers with food and emergency supplies after the heaviest rains in 50 years destroyed homes, schools and churches.

The most affected dioceses were East Kerala, Malabar, Madhya Kerala and Cochin.

The Revd Dr Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary of CSI, said: ‘Our relief teams in all the affected dioceses are working towards providing relief and assistance to those most affected.’

A CSI statement added: ‘More than 118,000 people have been displaced by the floods over a period of less than 48 hours. As many as 606 relief camps have been opened at various locations to accommodate the flood victims. The proposed relief programme will give priority to the most vulnerable.’

CSI is providing 3,800 affected households with rice, wheat flour, coconut oil, dhal, sugar, salt and other supplies.

CSI stated: ‘Once normalcy is restored, soon after the relief work, a detailed study will be undertaken and a reconstruction plan will be evolved.’

Davidson Solanki, USPG International Programme Manager for Asia, said: ‘USPG is standing in solidarity with the people of Kerala and CSI as it carries out relief operations. It is so important that we hold the affected communities in our thoughts and prayers.’

  • USPG sent support from our Rapid Response Fund. Your donations to this fund enable USPG to support church relief work in times of emergency. Give at


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