As India’s worst drought in more than four decades shatters the lives of millions of people in the west central state of Maharashtra, AmeriCares India is mobilizing a response to help residents facing water scarcity, food shortages, and loss of livelihood.
Impossible living conditions are forcing villagers, who are primarily farmers, to either migrate to neighboring districts with clean water or walk up to three kilometers daily and risking disease from the contaminated water that is available. The Indian government has responded to the crisis by sending trains carrying water to the worst-hit districts.
The India emergency team is focusing on three major areas of support:
AmeriCares is also delivering personal hygiene and other relief supplies as the effects of this slow moving and deadly disaster create more hardships for the people of the region.
AmeriCares India, based in Mumbai, provides emergency medical and humanitarian aid in response to floods, cyclones, earthquakes and other disasters. Most recently, the AmeriCares India team responded to massive flooding in Tamil Nadu in 2016, the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, the 2014 flooding in Jammu and Kashmir and the 2013 flooding in Uttarakhand. AmeriCares India also provides health education, supports health workforce safety programs and operates seven mobile medical clinics that provide free primary care services at 130 locations throughout the slums of Mumbai.