In September, heavy rainfall severely flooded Jammu and Kashmir, a state in the Himalayan Mountains of India. The Indian government launched a rescue mission, but landslides, damaged roads, and high water cut off remote villages. Over 500 people were killed, and thousands were left homeless.
CAM funded the purchase of aid for 200 families affected by the flood. Our contacts hauled blankets, warm clothes, meal packets, drinking water, and other desperately needed items into the mountains. They also delivered metal roofing and insulation, since many victims from remote areas were living in tents with no source of heat.
In the village of Saddal, the homes of 53 families had been crushed by a landslide caused by the flood. The government had given them tents to live in, but with no way to keep warm they gratefully accepted the roofing and insulation. Our contact reported that the team who visited this village taught the children songs to coax them to smile again.
Even with the aid they received, many victims still struggle to provide food, clothing, and other necessities for their families. Our contacts are assessing a long-term restoration plan for Jammu and Kashmir.
“I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.” Psalm 108:3