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India floods 2013

Indian Red Cross is assisting thousands of people who have lost their homes in devastating floods in northern India.

Tens of thousands have been affected by the floods, which have claimed the lives of more than 800 people.

Indian Red Cross volunteers were on the ground shortly after severe flash flooding swept through the mountainous State of Uttarkhand. They are providing relief supplies, such as tents, kitchen sets for cooking and water purification equipment.

Red Cross has also been supporting with medical first aid and personal support.

Early monsoon rains have been sweeping across northern India. The rains are reported to be the heaviest in 80 years.

The floods have swept away buildings, washed away farmland and destroyed major roads and bridges.

Australian Red Cross has a Disaster Management aid worker in India, working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The aid worker is supporting Indian Red Cross and other Red Cross Red Crescent national societies across the region, in the work they are doing with communities to be well prepared for disasters.

Red Cross supports communities, particularly those most in need, to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

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Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters.