India’s Flooding Takes a Toll on Programs

During the month of August, one monsoon update after another poured into our inbox from our partners in India.

Devastating floods caused everything from brief disruption to major destruction in the states of Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, and Meghalaya—ultimately totaling more than 200 deaths.

Meanwhile, millions of people were displaced, experiencing the damage or loss of their homes.

In a particular region of Karnataka state, our partners reported:

About 342 bridges have gone underwater. Inter-state and intra-state bus services have also been affected as several highways and roads are closed. The railway has also cancelled trains due to landslides, flooding of tracks, and inundation of stations. Educational institutions like schools and colleges have been suspended till the situation returns to normalcy.

In the flood-affected states – Karnataka included – many of our programs were put on pause for about a week while streets were blocked and residents found shelter.

We are grateful to God for protecting our partners and programs, yet we grieve the lives lost during this monsoon season.

Though many have regained a sense of normalcy after these floods, we invite you to continue praying over those who face lasting effects of the storm.

4 Ways You Can Pray:

  1. Pray for the families and friends of those who lost their lives.
  2. Pray for those who lost their crops, possessions, and homes.
  3. Pray over our programs in the affected areas now that they are back in session.
  4. Pray that relief work takes place quickly so that homes may be restored.