World Vision delivers aid to flood victims in South Asia

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - World Vision's emergency relief teams in
India and Bangladesh are on the ground responding to the critical needs of
communities hardest hit by the ravaging floods that have displaced nearly
20 million people and left more than 200 dead.
    "We are coordinating efforts with the Inter Agency Group (a coalition of
government and aid agencies) and will be providing instant meals immediately,"
said Franklin Joseph, Director of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs for World
Vision in India.
    Joseph said that World Vision will provide people in the worst hit
regions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in northern India with dry rations such as
flattened rice and powdered wheat, as well as non-food items such as medicine,
cooking utensils and clothing.
    World Vision has also been involved in rescue operations. Using small
boats to cross swelling rivers, World Vision staff and volunteers in Assam,
northeastern India, rescued 619 villagers trapped in floodwaters.
    In Bangladesh, World Vision is working with the government to distribute
food and non-food items such as candles, matches and soap to the communities
most severely affected by the floods in the northern Netrokona district,
159 kilometers north of Dhaka.
    Although the water is receding in some areas, people are left with broken
homes, ruined farmlands and lack of clean water. World Vision has distributed
water filters to 500 families in Balasore district in Orissa where the flood
hit last month. The filters will help prevent the spread of water-borne
diseases, such as diarrhea. The water filters are provided in cooperation with
Eureka Forbes, one of India's leading firms in environmental technologies -- a
partnership that was brokered by World Vision Canada.
    In Balasore, World Vision is also providing displaced families with
roofing materials and seeds to help farmers recover their livelihoods.
    World Vision is accepting donations to help victims of this disaster. If
you'd like to donate, please go online to, or please call

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, we serve all people
regardless of religion, race, gender or ethnicity. For more information,
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For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with Franklin
Joseph, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi, (416) 677-0086 (cell), (905) 565-6200
ext. 2151,

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