flash floods triggered by very heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand on the night of 16-17 June 2013, affected 12 out of the 13 districts in Uttarakhand. The 4 districts that were worst affected were Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh.
The deluge has washed away roads, bridges and other infrastructure. So far about 5000 deaths are estimated and thousands are still reported missing. In Kedarnath alone about 75,000 pilgrims had been stranded due to landslides and flash floods.
The Indian Red Cross has activated the Certified First Medical Responders (CFMRs) at the various districts of Uttarakhand. There are 151 trainers and more than 4500 CFMRs who are trained in First aid, psychosocial support, search and rescue, dead body management, PhiE etc with the Uttarakhand Red Cross state branch. The national hedquarters has also deployed a two member team from IRCS NHQ and International Federation of Red cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) at Uttarkashi; another team of two National Disaster relief team members have been deployed to Pithoragarh and one “Restoring family links” expert has also reached Dehradun for further deployment. Relief camps have been set up at Uttarkashi and Rishikesh.
Relief materials in the form of 1050 Family tents (to accomodate upto 8 persons each), family packs (including kitchen sets, clothings, buckets etc.), stoves, lanterns and tarpaulins etc. worth INR 21,945,750 have been despatched to Uttarakhand.
Any group or individuals who may wish to donate towards Uttarakhand Flood relief may address their cheques/ demand drafts to the “Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, New Delhi” payable at New Delhi and send to:
“The Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society, 1, Red Cross Road, New Delhi 110001”
The bank details for online transactions are as follows. Please drop a line about your donation to the abovementioned address for acknoledgment:
IF DONOR BELONGS TO INDIA
Name of the beneficiary: INDIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY_DISASTER RELIEF FUND
Saving Bank A/c no.: 127104500000028
Name of the Bank: IDBI BANK
Address of the bank: 1, Red Cross Road, New Delhi-110001
RTGS/IFSC Code: IBKL0000127
BRANCH CODE: 127
MICR CODE: 110259012
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