Monday, August 01, 2005

Bombay continues cleaning up from historic monsoon; Christians are on the front lines
August 1, 2005

India (MNN) -- More than 650 people have died as a result of monsoon rains that deluged western India last week, flooding the street of Bombay, a city of more than 17-million. The hardest hit part of the city was in the slums where the poor lost everything they had in the raging flood waters, the result of 37 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Hopegivers International's Samuel Thomas says while the flooding was terrible, what's to come will be even worse. "The worse part of the rain is that it will just mix up with the sewage water of the city. But, you will see all these orphan and abandoned children that live on the streets. To them, it's like having an Olympic sized swimming pool. But, as a result many sicknesses will be there. One of the things that really kills the people after a monsoon is cholera." Thomas fears that thousands of children will die because of this exposure.



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