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Help for India's Flood Survivors

By Laura Sheahen

In early October 2009, massive flooding overwhelmed much of the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh states of southern India. In some towns and small villages, people waded through neck-high water to escape; others were airlifted out by the Indian army.

In rural areas, the mud-brick houses of field workers collapsed. What few possessions they had were lost. The newly homeless villagers built tent camps near roadsides. And because the rice harvest was destroyed, villagers have no work, no income and no food.

With partners like the Kurnool Diocese Social Service Society, CRS began distributing cookware, tarps, and other essentials to people who had lost everything. Click through this photo gallery to see how CRS is helping flood survivors start over.

Photos by Laura Sheahen/CRS unless otherwise noted.

Laura Sheahen is CRS' regional information officer for Asia. She is based in Cambodia.

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