|India||CARITAS PLANS STRATEGIES TO HELP DROUGHT VICTIMS|
Caritas India has appealed to Christians to raise funds to help some 50 million victims of a drought that now sweeps several states in the country.
It has asked the country's 143 dioceses and Church groups to provide relief to the drought victims and deputized its representatives to tour the affected areas and recommend ways for the Church body to act.
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in a televised address to the nation sought help to save the drought-hit areas covering Gujarat and Rajasthan in the west and Andhra and Orissa states on the east where hunger stalks 50 million people.
Caritas initially plans to provide immediate relief to the people to tide over the current situation, but will offer longer term measures to prevent another drought.