Skip to content Skip to cookie consent
Tearfund home

India flooding update from Tearfund in Delhi

A brief update from our team working in India where flooding has already caused destruction and more rain is expected.

Written by Tarryn Pegna | 14 Jul 2023

A woman under an umbrella walks through the rain in a tree-lined street in Delhi during monsoon season. This year's rainfall in India has already brought flooding and destroyed roads in the country.

A woman walks through monsoon rains in Delhi. This year they have already brought flooding and destroyed roads in parts of the country. New Delhi is facing a severe shortage of drinking water. Credit: Neeraj Kumar/Unsplash

The first week of July was the world's hottest week ever and many places across the globe are facing more frequent and intense weather events as the far-reaching effects of the climate crisis are being felt more and more.

In India, the monsoon season has started with extremely heavy rainfall – even for this time of year when rain is expected – and swelled rivers to dangerous levels. In the north of India, at least 22 deaths have been reported by local news agencies so far. 

Flooding in Delhi

Delhi has already had its wettest July on record and schools in the city have been closed to help keep people safe. Tearfund’s country office, which is based in Delhi, reports that because of flooded roads, the local government has advised that everyone who can should work from home. 

Along with the heavy rainfall, the flooding in Delhi has also been caused by the massive volume of water sweeping down the Yamuna River coming from the Hathnikund Barrage in neighbouring Haryana and from Himachal Pradesh where the BBC released drone footage of a motorway which has been completely destroyed by the raging waters. 

Shortage of drinking water

At the time of writing, the volume of water from Himachal Pradesh had been reduced, but it will take time for the water level of the Yamuna River to reflect this change and the river is at its highest level in 45 years. This has resulted in three water treatment plants being flooded and New Delhi, part of one of the most populous cities in the world, is facing a major shortage of drinking water. 

Evacuations to save lives

Earlier in June, thousands of people in India were evacuated from their homes to help keep them safe from Cyclone Biparjoy which caused flooding in the region and set a record for the longest-lasting cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea. Now, people are being evacuated from their homes again. More than 23,000 people living in low-lying areas have been moved to safer places and as many as 12 teams of the country’s National Disaster Response Force are on the ground for rescue work.

The government has set up relief camps for those affected by the floods, but some residents have reported a lack of basic facilities in these spaces. 


The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy showers in Himachal Pradesh for the coming days, which may further impact the flood situation in Delhi.

Tearfund is monitoring the situation and our local partners are preparing to respond as needed – particularly in areas where people who we work with have been affected.

We ask for your prayers for the situation. 

Pray for India

    • Pray for those affected by the floods that they will receive shelter and food.
    • Pray for the drinking water supply to be resumed back to normal levels. Currently, this is reduced to 25 per cent due to three water purification plants having been inundated. 
    • Pray for the government as they seek to respond to this crisis and for the engineers and government machinery involved in repairing all the breaches in the banks of the river Yamuna to control the flow of water and reduce flooding.
    • Pray for slum dwellers whose homes and livelihoods are currently underwater.

Written by

Written by  Tarryn Pegna

Share this page

Share this page to spread the word and help support those in need.

Get our email updates

Learn about our work and stay in touch with Tearfund. Hear about our news, activities and appeals by email.

Sign up now - Get our email updates

Cookie preferences

Your privacy and peace of mind are important to us. We are committed to keeping your data safe. We only collect data from people for specific purposes and once that purpose has finished, we won’t hold on to the data.

For further information, including a full list of individual cookies, please see our privacy policy.

  • These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

  • These cookies allow us to measure and improve the performance of our site. All information these cookies collect is anonymous.

  • These allow for a more personalised experience. For example, they can remember the region you are in, as well as your accessibility settings.

  • These cookies help us to make our adverts personalised to you and allow us to measure the effectiveness of our campaigns.