Mercy Corps monitoring flooding in India


December 8, 2015

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  • Volunteers rescue flood-affected people on a boat from a residential area in Chennai, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes and schools, offices and a closed regional airport. (AP Photo)

Mercy Corps is monitoring the historic flooding in Chennai, India, but is not mounting a relief operation for now.

We carefully and quickly evaluate every emergency to make a decision on whether to respond. We look at the needs as well as how the existing government, community, business and nongovernmental organizations are responding to make sure that the funds entrusted to us can have a significant impact.

At this point, there are several international organizations that are well-positioned to respond to the immediate crisis. The local community and government response also has been robust. Because of this, we have decided not to mount a response.

We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate specific areas where Mercy Corps can contribute, whether in the immediate or longer-term, as communities in Chennai look toward recovery and rebuilding.

Learn more about our work in India.