Plan Calls for $1,000,000 to Support Victims of Indian Floods
London – As the death toll continues to rise in the Uttarakhand state of Northern India following last week’s floods, Plan International has launched an appeal calling for $1 million to support 6,000 families who have been affected.
According to reports, the death toll is expected to exceed 5,000 in Uttarakhand, with 680 people confirmed dead, while 90,000 have been rescued.
The funds raised will be used to supply families and children with basic humanitarian needs such as shelter, hygiene and sanitation.
Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director of Plan in India, says:
“Plan in India and its partner are working to ensure the needs of children and families are met during this difficult time, by providing food, shelter, water and protection in Uttarakhand.”
Heavy rains, cloud bursts, landslides and flash-floods have devastated the Uttarakhand region, washing away numerous homes, roads and bridges, while fresh landslides have also blocked routes.
Thousands of local people who own hotels, shops and restaurants across the region are missing and badly affected, while thousands of pilgrims who were making their way to the region’s shrines are now stranded.
The number of fatalities could rise further as rain is expected to continue until Thursday June 27, making search and rescue operations increasingly difficult.
To find out more about Plan’s appeal in India or to make a donation, visit planindia.org/
Founded 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. www.plan-international.org
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