[ACNS] The Church of South India (CSI) Synod has launched an emergency response to assist the victims of severe flooding in Chennai. So far, at least 280 people have been killed as a result of the floods in the southern Indian city, which is also known as madras, and the wider Tamil Nadu state.
The church’s actions will supplement relief work being carried out by the Indian authorities, which includes the use of soldiers to deliver food, drinking water and medical supplies to the affected areas.
The diocese of Kanyakumari has sent a medical team from its Neyyoor CSI Mission Hospital to Chennai to assist in the relief work; as well as a truck full of food, water, oil and other essentials. It has already treated 400 people in three different locations, including nomadic communities settled alongside a road in Vandalur.
The diocese of Trichy-Tanjore has sent 1,200 litres of milk which is being distributed by volunteers from the Diocese of Madras.
The Diocese of Karnataka Central sent volunteers with more than 1,000 packets of rice, oil, sugar, Dal and salt; while schools in the diocese of Madras have distributed a range of supplies, including 1,500 bed sheets, vessels and mats; as well as 5,000 kilograms of rice.
“Dioceses have extended their financial support and many dioceses have sent food, medicines, groceries, dress and other essentials to Chennai,” the CSI Synod said. “Volunteers from various dioceses are already working ardently in the flood affected areas. . .
“More supplies are coming in [and] more medical teams from different dioceses and from the CSI Diocese of Madras will operate medical camps in deserving areas in the next few days,” they said.
The CSI’s social action arm, CSI-SEVA (Social Empowerment: Vision in Action), is helping the Diocese of Madras to co-ordinate the Church’s relief efforts. In many areas, CSI churches and schools have opened their doors to provide sanctuary for those who are suffering.