19.09.2014

Worst floods destroyed life and harvests in India and Nepal. AWO International helps in three regions


In August 2012 heavy rainfalls led to floods in Western Nepal as well as in the Indian States of Uttar Pradhesh and Odhisa. As AWO International has on-going projects and effective partners in the affected areas emergency aid was organized fast and un-bureaucratic. 6.500 people are benefiting directly and around 15.000 indirectly from shelter support, needed food supplies, medical camps and sanitation measures.  

Mid-western development region is one of the five development region and one of the flood prone areas of Nepal. Incessant rainfall since 13th of August 2014 has resulted in massive landslides and flooding in 28 districts, of which 12 districts have been more affected. As of August 24th, a total of 45,430 families were affected including 12,063 houses completely destroyed. 12,014 families were displaced and leaving 123 persons dead, 126 missing and 67 injured in the mid-far western region of Nepal.

Bardiya one of the district in Mid western region, is the most affected district where flood in Babai and Karnali River claimed 23 lives while 15 are still missing and suspected dead. Due to the flood and inundation 17,865 houses were damaged, 8,500 families were displaced while 28,652 families were affected.  The most affected area includes Gulariya Municipality and 22 VDCs including Bagnaha, Padnaha, Neulapur, Baniyabhar, Magragadi and Dhadhawar VDCs. Similarly, Thakurdwara, Shivapur, Suryapatuwa, Dhodhari VDCs were also affected by the flood. Different assesssment reports from NGO have revealed that food crisis has been major problem in the flood affected areas. Even after 2 weeks of flooding, people are suffering from hunger and are not able to meet other basic need including food security. As a result displaced population has been protesting for not being able to meet their basic needs.

With the aim to reduce the misery of the population affected by flood,AWO International along with its partner Society for Participatory and Cultural Education (SPACE) has started the distribution of food items (rice, lentils, salt and edible oil) in close coordination with District Disaster Relief Committee and Nepal Redcross Society in hard to reach areas and campsites where people are residing. AWO international is committed to meet the need of a people as suggested by SPHERE standards and is accountable to the vulnerable group of people through Humanitarian Accountable Partnership (HAP) .

Similar to the flood in Nepal, incessant rain in the deltaic plain of Mahanandi brought destruction to the Indian state of Odisha by inundating vast areas. As per official sources, 1.7 million people have been internally displaced and 47 people already reported to be dead. Homesteads, standing crops and livestock were washed away leaving people in distress and extreme poverty. Due to rise in water level there were more than 38 breaches in the road cum embankments destroying the roads separating villages from urban units creating difficulties in rescue and relief operations for aid workers.
As per 15th August, many of the village still seemed marooned under flood. With the government relief for only one week seems not enough for those rural populations stranded and many of them are out of reach from the government supplies. Due to lack of supplies people are adjusting their meal and children, old age, pregnant women and lactating mother are in bad shape. Foods, tents, clean drinking water are need in many of the villages.

Rahima Begum, 35, from flood affected village of Orrisa –“ Its been more than a week that we don’t have access to food and clean drinking water, there is water water everywhere not a single drop to drink.  I fear that my children will go ill with no proper food and drinking water. I don’t know how we will recover from this situation in the later stage as we have lost crops and paddy field and huge siltation will hinder the cultivation. This is the similar story of many families in the flood affected areas of Orrisa.

To ease the life of the affected population, AWO international in partnership with Darbar Sahitya Sansad (DSS) is distributing relief to hundreds of flood affected communities. DSS is experienced in relief and response which has effectively carried out disaster response in the past.
Since last one week volunteer and DSS disaster response team have rapidly assessed the situation in the flood affected marooned areas. The initiation of joint relief project in the affected areas has already commenced. Soon food, water and sanitation will be handed over to the most needy and vulnerable families. At the moment in both the areas (Nepal and India) AWO International is supporting more that 4000 vulnerable population to ease their pain and overcome sufferings from flood.

End of August 2014 a heavy flood happened as well in Uttar Pradesh where a third humanitarian relief project is implemented in coordination with AWO International’s long term partner MSS Seva.

To support the population in need, funds are coming from AWO International’s Emergency Fund that was created to react spontaneous and non-bureaucratic AWO International needs further donations to ensure the right of the people to live with dignity. Let’s join hand together for serving the most vulnerable in need to overcome suffering from flood. You can help by contributing to the emergency fund of AWO International:

Account holder: AWO International
Utilization:  "Nothilfefonds"
Bank: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
IBAN: DE12 1002 0500 0000 1011 12
BIC: BFSWDE33BER

Flooded village in Odhisa, India

Heavy floods in Western Nepal spilled away fields and houses

Sick child in an improvised shelter in Uttar Pradhesh

Flood victims cuing for food in Odhisa

Victims from Bardya, Nepal, providing finger prints to prove that food items are received

Distribution of rice and lentils

Sanitary pads, soaps and other hygiene products are distributed in Odhisa

Beneficiaries in need received food for 10 days in Bardya district of Nepal