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Christian Aid working to help victims of India floods

The poorest regions of southern India have been hit by the heaviest rains in more than a century, leaving more than 300 people dead and 1.5 million homeless.

Christian Aid partners are helping to feed the people who have seen all their belongings swept away and food crops destroyed.

As well as rice, lentils and cooking oils, partners are providing temporary shelters for the homeless and clean water and basic sanitation facilities.

The Indian government is taking an active role in the relief effort.

'But our colleagues in Andhra Pradesh tell us that government help is not reaching some of the remotest communities,' said Ray Hasan, Christian Aid’s head of policy for Asia.

'Hundreds of hectares of standing crops have been destroyed. The poorest people who had no land of their own to cultivate, now face months without any prospect of field work to sustain themselves.

During times of emergencies, it’s the poor who are the worst affected. Christian Aid has received reports of dalit communities (formerly known as ‘untouchables’) being excluded from the relief effort and our partners are working to ensure they have access to the help they desperately need.

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