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This year, India has witnessed severe floods in six states, affecting more than 11 million people across India. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) launched a domestic appeal to seek support of the domestic donors for the flood affected states. However, response to the appeal has so far been limited. More recently 2.2 million people have also been affected by floods in the Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) state, which was originally not under the domestic appeal, but will now be included. As the IRCS capacities are already stressed to cope with the situation, DREF has been requested to allow Indian Red Cross to support 75,000 beneficiaries in Odisha through distribution of non food relief items and safe drinking water. Where required, volunteers will carry out dissemination of hygiene promotion and safe storage of water in emergencies. In the coming weeks, IRCS will revise their domestic appeal to include Odisha.
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