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HEAVY rains have swamped villages after Cyclone Nilam swept over the east coast of India, reports children’s charity Plan International.
Low-lying areas suffered widespread flooding with 22 confirmed dead in Andhra Pradesh as rains continue to lash the region.
About 4,000 people are in relief camps and over 1,200 homes were damaged by the cyclone’s path of destruction.
Water and sanitation are dire, with tankers being supplied for drinking water and people using flood water to clean clothes and utensils.
Crops also suffered considerable damage. “Our entire field is submerged in water,” said a farmer in Visakhapatnam district, one of the worst-affected areas.
Plan is working alongside local partner GSS to provide at least a week’s worth of rations for hardest hit families.
“We have not just lost our belongings – we have lost our lives that were built over a period of twenty years,” said a flood-affected woman.
“We are not sure how we can give a better life to our children.” Children across the affected areas are in need of shelter, food, water and sanitation.
Schools have been inundated, with flood water damaging books and bags. “Schools are closed as children will be unable to sit in the classrooms,” said Muralik Kunduru, Emergency Response Manager with Plan India.
The meteorological office has forecast further rains in the region. Plan is continuing to work alongside the District Administration and local partners to help those affected by Nilam.
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