The flash floods, caused by torrential rains,
have severely affected parts of northeast India, rendering thousands of people
homeless and displaced in the states of Assam, Manipur and Mizoram. In
the first wave of floods to have hit the state of Assam, as many as 387,000
people have been affected in the districts of Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi
Anglong West, Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar. Around 150,000
people from 146 villages/localities have been affected by the flood in Imphal
East, West, Bishnupur, Kakching and Thoubal districts of Manipur. While in the
state of Mizoram, the worst-hit villages are in south Mizoram Lunglei
district's Tlabung town and its surrounding villages where the homes were
inundated by the Chhimtuipui river overflowing along the Mizoram-Bangladesh
World Vision India had begun immediate relief response in the Lowairpowa region of Karimganj district, Assam, by distributing dry rations and hygiene material.
“After immediate assessment of the needs, World Vision India has begun distribution of dry ration and hygiene material to the people affected by the floods. We are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if the flood situation worsens,” said Cherian Thomas, CEO and National Director, World Vision India.
World Vision India works in the communities of Lowairpowa and Imphal through its development programmes.
Fajila (9), from Lowairpoa Block, could not attend school for at least a week after the flood. “We did not have food for a day as the flood happened suddenly and my father could not buy rice,” she said, recalling the dreadful day.
World Vision India will respond in Assam (Karimgunj), Mizoram (Tlabung) and Manipur (Imphal), covering 10,000 households. The current phase of response will be for a period of 90 days, subject to extension if the flooding continues during the monsoon season till the end of September.
A president of the village council at relief distribution in Kotamoni said, “In my area around 7 to 8 villages were affected by the flood. World Vision has provided relief items like rice, dal, oil, soap and washing powder for around 600 families. This will sustain each family for a week and help them recover and help return their life to normalcy.”
World Vision India’s response is focussed on providing dry rations, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Non-Food Items (NFI). Hygiene kits and awareness building on use of WASH resources are also part of the response.
“We will continue to be in touch with the local government to track the emerging needs as the monsoon continues and more areas are affected due to the flooding. World Vision India’s National Disaster Management Team is on stand by and will be deployed, depending on the scale of the response.,” says World Vision India.
World Vision India is also working with communities to improve their preparedness to disaster through early warning systems and community-based disaster response teams.
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