River Rage


During Nov. 2015, more than 1,200 thatched houses were swept away by raging floodwaters in this slum settlement along the Cooum River in Chennai, where World Vision works.

About 150 major natural disasters affected millions of people worldwide in 2015. Asia again bore the brunt of these disasters reported globally.

While governments and humanitarian agencies rush to meet the immediate needs of children and families affected by disasters, World Vision also works year-round to help communities reduce risk and help themselves when disaster strikes. 

“Working with communities for preparedness is key,” says Lawren Sinnema, a World Vision emergency affairs program officer. “Because while you can't entirely reduce risk from disasters, you can alleviate their effects if you are prepared.”

Floods continue to be the most frequently occurring natural disasters and also affect the most people worldwide.

Photo©2015 World Vision, Theodore Sam

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