The planning to assist with these reconstructions is now underway. Those most in need are being identified and materials being budgeted. Due to the large number affected, support will be provided on an as-needed basis, taking into account those most severely damaged as well as the financial ability of the families to reconstruct. For example, in Samne Ghat, one of the worst hit areas, the homes of many families whose only income comes from begging were completely washed away, leaving them homeless.
Concurrently, the medical camps are ongoing and will continue for at least another two weeks. In addition to the fevers, skin and digestive disorders prevalent in the past camps, some of the poorer communities are now exhibiting signs of malnourishment arising after the harsh conditions these people have endured for over a month. They were already struggling before the flood and the additional hardship is taking its toll, particularly on the children. These people receive medicines, vitamins and support from our camps. Those whom need more in-depth medical assistance are directed to a hospital to receive advanced diagnosis and treatment.
We have also planned several final food distributions to the areas which were the last to have the floodwaters recede. In many cases, these were also amongst the hardest hit areas. Many of the villagers now recognize the 'people in white clothes' of the Sai Maa community as having made this assistance available, and happily greet us when we arrive in their area. Life is gradually resuming for the poor of these communities along the Ganges, Assi and Varuna rivers and your donations have been a blessing to these people.