Flash flooding in India has claimed the lives of more than 500 people in Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. India, along with Nepal and Bangladesh suffer frequent flooding during the June-September monsoon season, but meteorologists predict that things are worse this year with thousands of villages cut off and people deprived of food and clean water for days.
The state of Bihar is the worst affected area, with over 12 million people in 6,625 villages severely impacted.
According to our colleagues at Islamic Relief India, in Bihar, 341 people have lost their lives and over 422,000 are sheltering in temporary relief camps. Water levels have reached between 1,8m to 3m, and thousands of homes have been washed away. Here, affected people in their thousands are experiencing food shortages, and there is a need for hygiene kits.
IR India’s emergency team is on the ground in Azamnagar in Katihar district, Bihar, working in close coordination with other agencies. So far, residents of Chak Jamal Mir village have benefitted from a health camp, delivered in partnership with NGO, Doctors For You. The camp – run by clinical staff and supported by volunteers – provides free quality healthcare, medicines, and referral services.
In our continuing global effort to make sure the world’s needy have access to the basic human right of water – this week, a water filtration plant has been installed in Pachgachi village in Katihar – one of 14. Also, 100 existing hand pumps will be disinfected so that affected families can access safe drinking water.
The local team will be distributing emergency shelter and hygiene kits to 1000 affected families in the coming days. Islamic Relief UK has kindly committed £150,000 towards the emergency response in India. Please reach out to us to see how you can assist.
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