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3:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Louisville's WaterStep Raising Funds for India Flood Relief

A Louisville-based non-profit has launched a fundraising drive to help with disaster relief in northern India.

WaterStep, formerly known as Edge Outreach, helps provide fresh drinking water in the world’s disaster areas and in developing countries.

Director of Development Michael Rauf  says severe flooding was caused by monsoon rains in the state of Uttarakhand last month.   Thousands of people are dead or missing and many more don't have access to potable water.

“The water infrastructure in India was not great to start off with, but then you have 60 hours of monsoon rain come through the system, and it completely destroyed the entire water infrastructure.   Now you have people that have no clean or safe water to drink at all,” he said. 

Rauf says Waterstep needs to raise $35,000 by August 5 to cover the cost of providing chlorinators, water tanks and other equipment to the region, along with staff travel expenses.      About $3,000 has been raised thus far.