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CARE: Worst floods in Bihar (India) in 50 years "Now it's about saving lives"
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03.09.2008 – 12:32

CARE Germany e.V.

Bonn (ots)

BONN / DEHLI September 3, 2008 The aid organization CARE speaks of the "worst floods in the Indian state of Bihar in 50 years". Their employees in India, R.N. Mohanty said in Dehli: "Now it's about saving lives." The priority is to get the victims to safe areas as quickly as possible.

CARE helps through local partners with medical support, for example with mobile emergency services. Villagers must be evacuated from the hardest-hit Supaul area in Bihar District. CARE describes diseases that can result from the polluted water as a "significant health risk for the victims." For this reason, CARE is currently building drinking water points where fresh water is to be distributed.

The aid teams distribute goods from boats, as many roads are inaccessible. According to CARE, the people who have become homeless as a result of the floods will only be able to go home in weeks or months. It took several weeks for the water to drain again.

In neighboring Nepal, CARE supports 500 families with blankets, children's clothing and plastic sheeting. In addition, CARE offers medical help for pregnant women and mothers.

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