|Hundreds of Baptists lost their homes. Swarupananda Patra of the Orissa Baptist Evangelical Crusade indicated that 175 houses of Baptist families in the districts of Gopalpur and Ganjam in Odisha were destroyed by the hurricane. Another 568 were washed away or otherwise destroyed by the floods that followed. “The state of Odisha in India has been hit severely,”Patra said.
Baptist churches were either washed away or submerged by the heavy flooding. “Baptist churches are under water and accessibility is almost nonexistent,” Patra stated. “The needs are huge, considering the magnitude of this natural disaster. We need your help and support to provide relief material for about 800 families in Balasore district and 350 families in Gopalpur, who belong to Baptist churches.”
Immediate needs include mosquito nets, medicine, water, food and blankets.
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