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UNICEF Responds to Worst Indian Floods in Decades

2009-10-06

UNICEF has used its pre-positioned supplies in Andhra Pradesh, India to distribute 10,000 collapsible jerry cans and 25 water tanks to the worst affected district of Mahbubnagar, following the flash floods in southern India that have left 247 people dead and an estimated two million people affected.  

Fifteen districts of North Karnataka are among the worst hit accounting for 195 deaths, while the Rayalseema region in Andhra Pradesh reported 52 deaths.

Floods in the two states were caused by heavy rains. However, the situation was compounded by the discharge of waters from three dams across the Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers in Karnataka that inundated several villages and towns across the region.

The death toll is expected to rise further with many of the flood-hit areas still marooned and inaccessible to humanitarian efforts.

The UNICEF state office in Hyderabad has, since the beginning of the crisis, been in close contact with Relief Commissioners of both affected states.

To support UNICEF’s relief efforts for children caught in emergencies, please donate to UNICEF Canada’s General Emergency Fund at www.unicef.ca or call us at 1-800-567-4483. UNICEF Canada raises funds for emergencies based on country needs. Should the total contributions exceed the funding needs for a certain emergency,the funds received will be reallocated to other UNICEF emergency programmes where the need is greatest.

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.