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URGENT APPEAL - Flood Relief Programme in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam

3 major states in India - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam are reeling under the catastrophic impact of floods. The collective population affected is approximately 20 million people! The collective toll of deaths in the 3 states is close to 650 individuals.

PHIA Foundation is responding to support the flood affected communities in North Lakhimpur district in Assam, Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh and Katihar district in Bihar. We aim to reach out to 5000+ households.

PHIA is primarily focusing on providing safe drinking water, emergency shelter, hygiene kit, public health-hygiene promotion and awareness activities.

URGENT APPEAL - Flood Relief Programme

WASH Kit:

  • Bathing Soap
  • Savlon 100 Ml
  • Detergent Soap
  • Cotton Swab
  • Sanitary Napkin
  • Soap Case
  • ORS Salt

  • NADCC (AQUATAB) Tablets
  • Steel Nail Cutter
  • Plastic Bucket With Lid
  • Plastic Comb
  • Plastic Mug
  • Water Filters (HH and Community level)

Temporary Shelter Kit:

  • Tarpaulin Top Sheet
  • Tarpaulin Ground Sheet
  • Nylon Ropes
  • Mosquito Net- Heavy
  • Bedsheet Doubles
  • Fleece Blanket

ASSAM FLOODS

Floods in Assam during the monsoons are regular occurrence and this year is proving to be no different. On June 14, 2017, after ceaseless rains for 48 hours, the capital city of Guwahati woke up to severe waterlogging. A flood alert was sounded in at least 15 districts in lower Assam; and both the Brahmaputra and the Barak rivers were flowing above the danger mark.

In the initial round of floods, more than 1000 villages were affected due to flooding in 5 districts. Land erosion also created problems in many areas. Official sources said that several tributaries of the Brahmaputra are flowing above the danger mark. The overall population affected in the state is more than 2.2 million people.

In the following weeks, monsoon intensified, resulting in heavier rains across the state. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report released on July 9, around 4.8 lakh people from Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath and Karimganj districts were severely affected by the floods. As per ASDMA 1096 villages are under water currently and almost 8,000 hectares of crop area has been damaged. The worst affected is Karimganj, with close to 2 lakh people been affected by the flood, followed by Lakhimpur with close to 85,000 sufferers. The administrations are running 228 relief camps and distribution centres in three districts, where 14,613 people have taken shelter. Many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged by flood waters in Lakhimpur, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Majuli and Karimganj districts, ASDMA said. Total casualties as on second week of August were more than 90 people.

BIHAR FLOODS

The flood fury in Bihar has gone from bad to worse with 1.71 crore people getting affected across 19 districts and 2371 panchayats. Sithamarhi, Araria, Purnia, Katihar and West Champaran districts are the worst affected with 260 deaths reported and over 1 million people affected in Katihar.
The unprecedented rain in Nepal and its catchment areas during the last 72 hours had worsened Bihar’s flood situation, as rivers like the Mahananda, Gandak and Kankai were in spate. 1.75 feet rainfall was recorded in Kishanganj district due to the unprecedented rainfall in Nepal and Himalayan catchment areas in Bihar during the last three days. Kankairiver, which did not have any water for the last 50 years, was also in spate in Kishanganj.
Till now there are reported 81 deaths in Bihar on account of this flood.The chief secretary said it was a huge challenge for the state government to move the marooned to safer places and ensure safety of individuals and their belongings. Approximately 1,85,524 peoples have been safely evacuated through the relentless efforts of the state government.  Still there are big gaps and urgent needs in WASH, hygiene and nutritional food and shelter related support required by the survivors and affected communities.

URGENT APPEAL - Flood Relief Programme

UTTAR PRADESH FLOODS

Of the 16 mighty rivers whose water level was monitored on Saturday, at least 14 were flowing either above the danger-mark or showed a rising trend in the districts they flow by. The number of flood-hit districts in UP has risen to 16 with more than 4.6 lakh people hit by the natural calamity.
Lakhimpur-Kheri, Bahraich, Gonda, Barabanki, Bijnore, Sitapur, Deoria, Faizabad, Mirzapur, Mau, Farrukhabad, Pilibhit, Ambedkarnagar, Badaun, Kushinagar and Basti are worst affected. The reasons are rising flood water in downstream areas that heavy rainfall in upstream areas and also the water 1.75 lac cusec discharged by Girijapuri Barrage in Ghaghara River.
The most affected are Dalit’s and excluded community members/families who work as agricultural laborers. Post the floods they are jobless and surviving on the government relief supplies. Standing crop such as rice, sugarcane and maize have been damaged as agriculture field in the affected area are still covered under water.

Phia’s intervention:

PHIA Foundation is responding to support the flood affected communities with our on-ground partners and monitoring and assessing the situation. We have recently initiated response operations in Bihar in Katihar district - so far we have distributed hygiene kits to 567 households and 2835 beneficiaries and are also enabling access to safe drinking water from chlorinated hand pumps.

The need for immediate relief is crucial and must be undertaken at a greater pace and on a larger scale.  The situation in camps, self-settled camps and villages in all the 3 states is increasingly posing greater risk to public health. Our assessment team has recommended that immediate support must reach the worst affected people living in the self-settled camps. 
Phia will be focusing on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), Health and shelter support. Phia aims to reach out to a combined 5000+ households in the affected areas.

For further queries contact:
Ranjan Bhattacharjee | ranjan@phia.org.in | 9911750299
Anto Bharat | abharat@phia.org.in | 9741193335