Floodwaters hit 80 villages

By June 28, 2012

India (MNN) — Intense flooding in the Assam region of India has 80 villages under water.

The Brahmaputra River’s water level broke over its embankment in the night on Sunday, June 24.

Some areas of the breached river edge stretch as long as six miles wide. By Monday morning, several hundred thousand gallons of floodwater consumed the nearby plains.

Village residents were evacuated but have lost many of their possessions. Homes, lands, and livestock have been destroyed. So far, there are no reported deaths.

Missionaries supported by Gospel for Asia work in several of the affected villages. They report that at least 12 church buildings are submerged.

A Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope center is also completely underwater, displacing the 112 children who attended the center.

“Now, only the roof of the building is visible. Communication is totally cut off,” says Gospel for Asia’s field correspondent.

The flooding isn’t over yet. Water levels are still on the rise, hindering missionary leaders who have tried to visit the region and review the damage.

Displaced villagers–including many Christians–currently have no food and are suffering from loss.

Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan asks, “Please pray for our brothers and sisters in this region that the Lord will comfort those who lost everything, that He will protect the lives of everyone in the flood plain, and that those displaced will receive adequate food and drinking water in the aftermath of this flood.”

Gospel for Asia has a Flood Relief fund for times such as these, distributing aid with the hope of Christ. Click here to contribute to Flood Relief for the villagers affected by the flooding.

Yohannan emphasizes, “Pray also for those who do not yet know of the love of God for them, that in the midst of this tragedy they will experience His care in a very personal way.”

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