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India Floods Update
04.08.2016 - New Delhi, India

The flood situation in the country, especially the badly affected states of Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand was reviewed at the IRCS Nhq. Dr Veer Bhushan, Acting Secretary General, chaired the meeting. The response of the branches and the Nhq was also discussed and the future course of action shared. The IRCS Nhq officials were joined by the IFRC and ICRC officials in the meeting.

Advisor DM provided the update based on the reports received from the branches. She informed that in Assam 11.50 lakh people have been affected in 1700 villages of 21 districts. The affected districts are Barpeta, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Sivsagar, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Chirang, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Biswanath, Goalpara, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, South Kamrup, Karbi Anglong, Kamrup Metro and Bongaigaon . Nearly 1 lakh hectares of standing crops, mostly paddy, have been damaged by the overflowing rivers.
The tentative demand from Assam is currently 20000 family packs and INR 15 lac for deploying volunteers and cover distribution logistics.

In Bihar water level of rivers like Koshi, Gandak, Bagamati, Kamala Balan, Ganga has increased and entered villages affecting more than 20 lakh people. 2.96 lakh people have shifted to higher places in 415 camps in 12 districts. The affected districts are – Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Katihar, Purnia, Araria, Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Saharsa, East Champaran, Gopalganj, and Muzaffarpur. Bihar state branch has requested for 5000 family packs and 10000 tarpaulins.

In Uttar Pradesh 2 districts, Sitapur and Lakhimpur are affected. In Sitapur district 40 families have been evacuated to higher grounds and the Lakhimpur Kheri district has requested for 1000 family packs to help to help the needy.

In Uttarakhand Tehri, Pithoragrh and Chamoli have been worst affected. The IRCS NHQ sent 400 family packs and 1000 woolen blankets to the Uttarakhand state branch.

Floods have also been reported in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh and the IRCS Nhq released 5000 family packs for the victims.

DREF for CHF 235,036 (INR 16255433) has been launched by the IFRC to support 5000 worst affected families in Assam. An assessment team consisting of a RDRT member (from abroad) and up to 5 NDWRT/ NDRT members is being deployed to lead and support 200 local volunteers. In addition, provision has been made to support mobilization of 05 water purification units to Assam.

Dr Veer Bhushan, Acting SG, has already issued orders for the mobilization of 3 water purification units and 3000 family packs, with tarpaulin, from different warehouses to, Noonmati, Assam, warehouse. He also informed that 500 family packs and INR 50,000 have already been released for distribution among the affected population from the Noonmati warehouse in Assam. Dr Bhushan mentioned that In view of the possibility of further heavy rainfall, as has been forecast by the IMD, IRCS Nhq shall be in disaster preparedness mode during the rest of the monsoon period.

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