Severe floods leave millions homeless in southern India

Millions of people have been left homeless in the Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh following heavy rains and floods throughout the week. More than 250 people are confirmed dead, according to Indian officials.

“Many displaced people are in fear and shock and the situation on the ground is rather chaotic,” said Simon Burroughs, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Andhra Pradesh. “Access to the affected people is difficult as the main infrastructure has been damaged, as bridges and railway tracks were swept away. Some people are stranded on isolated island pockets and can’t be reached by road. The team is now focused on getting a full picture of people’s needs and hopes to begin its assistance as soon as possible.”

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent two teams to assess the needs of the affected population in the districts of Kurnool and Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. The team in Kurnool will distribute 1,000 non-food item kits, each consisting of kitchen utensils, hygiene materials and plastic sheeting to use for shelter. They also hope to provide further assistance, depending on the needs identified by the ongoing assessment.”