Relief Work

This project aims at providing support and relief during any natural calamities.

Brief Report on the Recent Flood relief Work:

“This cyclone has killed at least 50 people in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Heavy rains and winds up to 100 km per hour destroyed homes and buildings, damaged plantations and caused floods in coastal districts”, officials said. Heavy rains and gales lashed coastal Andhra Pradesh from the 28 October – 06 November 2006. Some 8,000 families have lost their homes and crops on 600,000 acres of farm land have been destroyed. The severe storm also uprooted thousands of trees and electricity and telephone poles. Temperatures dipped in the predominantly tropical state and one official told that the dead included people who had succumbed to "cold weather. Nearly 20,000 villagers had been evacuated. This was the first winter cyclone in the state in 18 years.

News reports indicate that, according to the Govt. Official records, the loss amounts to worth rupees 2165 cores (about $ 503488.00). 270 shelters have been provided but still 100000 people are stuck without adequate shelter in the villages. The present flooding has resulted in further impoverishment of the already underprivileged and most marginalised Dalit and Tribal communities who live in low-lying and vulnerable zones of the coastal areas.

From the Krishna district it is reported that government relief measures had difficulties reaching people. Many families have been rendered homeless but have not received any shelter assistance due to lack of support from various agencies both government and non-government. In most of the inundated areas the families/communities have lost all their personal belongings and still have received no relief. The small amount of relief extended by the government was not sufficient for one week.

RAN assessment reports indicated that the district most affected by the cyclone is Krishna. District. It is noted that in 31 Mandals (blocks), 36 villages are the most affected ones. In this district 16,520 families has been affected. RAN will carry out its humanitarian assistance operations in 10 villages (1,000 families) in Krishna district.

A relief and rehabilitation project was conducted from 6 December 2006 – 7 April 2007 for the communities that were affected by the cyclone in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. The objective was to meet immediate food needs (items such as rice, dhal and oil) for the affected families, to provide basic clothes and blankets to affected families, to extend traditional house-building materials to the families whose houses are damaged, and to provide medical treatment and medicines for the victims. This project was administered by RAN in collaboration with Emmanuel Ministries of Andhra Pradesh and the BEST organization of Tamil Nadu.

A total of 972 families from nine village in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, were benefited through this project. RAN’s team, Emmanuel ministry team members, and other local church pastors all played vital roles in completing this project successfully. We had an impact on peoples’ lives with the love of Jesus Christ and helped to wipe their tears away