Camillians rush medical aid to flooded northeastern India

It is estimated that at least 1,064 villages in 21 districts are now underwater

It is estimated that at least 1,064 villages in 21 districts are now underwater


Guwahati; The Camillian Task Force of India has teamed up with Caritas India volunteers and sisters of various congregations to rush medical aid to the flood affected in Assam state, northeastern India.

They have organized medical camps in Karimganj, Hailakand and Cachar districts.

Torrential rains have devastated northeastern India with water flooding roads and highways, causing power cuts and making the affected areas almost inaccessible.

It is estimated that at least 1,064 villages in 21 districts are now underwater and rains have swept away houses swept rendering about 650,000 people internally displaced.

“The Northeast region, one of the most densely populated parts of the country, has again found itself submerged in water after the breaking of the banks of numerous streams following torrential rains,” Father Emmanuel Zongo from the Camillian Disaster Service International Foundation told Fides.

The priest said Caritas India and CTF India have visited the flood zones and identified 26 villages that needed urgent help. The two social service organizations have formed a team of specialists to conduct 35 medical camps in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts from June 28 to July 8.

The team is made up of Camillian religious, nuns of different congregations and lay volunteers, a sign of a united and outgoing church,” Father Zongo said.

He also said on July 1, the medical team was welcomed by 117 people, mostly women and children, in Craig Park, a village in Cachar district.

(Source: indcatholicnews.com)

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