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Floods in India

Floods in India

Hundreds of thousands of people across India have been affected by massive flooding in September 2014.

Oxfam Canada's Emergency Response Fund (ERF) enables us to provide timely, appropriate responses to emergency situations and to support reconstruction work. The ERF ensures that Oxfam can quickly respond wherever and whenever the need is greatest.


 

The Jammu and Kashmir floods in India on September 4, 2014 were the worst floods in more than 60 years. The flash floods affected more than 2,500 villages and hundreds of thousands of people. More than 450 villages were completely submerged. More than 200 people have been confirmed dead and 700 injured.

The worst hit districts were Anantnag, Pulwama, Sophiyan and Kulgam districts in South Kashmir, Bandipore in North Kashmir and Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu region. Water has receded in Srinagar but many parts are still under water. Weeks after the initial flooding, people were still stranded in their houses. In mid-Septmber 2014, 150,000 people were marooned in many parts of the valley.

What Oxfam is doing

  • Food has been distributed in affected areas of Jammu (Akhnoor).
  • Oxfam’s response has reached about 9,000 affected families in Kashmir.
  • Over 400 of the worst affected families received unconditional cash in Srinagar and South Kashmir, where about 900 families have also received food aid.
  • Our teams have completed the construction and rehabilitation of latrines in 3 districts, all installed with hand washing points and most of which are now being maintained by the community.

Oxfam plans to reach reach 60,000 people and will provide:

  1. Water and sanitation support focusing on safe drinking water to reduce public health risks.
  2. Public Health measures to avoid environmental contamination and ensure hygiene.
  3. Temporary emergency shelter support for families. The majority of affected families are living in camps or temporary shelters and need additional support with special attention towards the oncoming winter.

Oxfam Canada's Emergency Response Fund (ERF) enables us to provide timely, appropriate responses to emergency situations and to support reconstruction work. The ERF ensures that Oxfam can quickly respond wherever and whenever the need is greatest.

Updated January 8, 2015

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