Flood relief for india
Heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods in the state of Uttarakhand in India. Reports indicate 800 deaths, although unofficial claims suggest the death toll may be as high as 5,000. In the immediate aftermath, 97,000 people were rescued, with more than 1,250 houses reported as damaged or washed away. The flood is believed to have been the heaviest and deadliest in this region for 80 years.
The president of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, Richard Hone, has approved an immediate emergency grant of £35,000 to the Red Cross to assist with the recovery. Around 450 roads have been completely destroyed by 15 landslides, making it nearly impossible for people to move to safer areas. Laura Chapman, chief executive of the Grand Charity, stated: ‘It is hoped that this donation will bring help and assistance to the many people who need it in the affected region.’
The Emergency Grants for Disaster Relief is just one of the initiatives driven by the Grand Charity, which donates more than £2.5 million to national charities every year.
A severe drought is threatening the lives of more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). Poor rainfall in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda, has led to the driest period in 60 years for some areas.
The devastating conditions have resulted in food insecurity and water scarcity, which is exacerbating already high malnutrition rates. According to OCHA, an estimated 250,000 children under five have moderate acute malnutrition and 40,000 have a severe acute version. And with no rain in sight, there are fears that the situation will worsen.
In response, the Grand Charity has approved an emergency grant of £20,000 to the British Red Cross, to provide emergency relief across the area.