Asia Floods

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Updated on 14 August, 2015

Heavy monsoon rains have affected various Asian countries since July, and have triggered floods and landslides, causing severe damage. The floods and landslides have blocked roads, damaged rail lines and bridges, leaving communities in several regions inaccessible. Drinking water sources are also at risk of contamination; this could lead to a spread of waterborne diseases. Over 10 million people in Myanmar, India and Pakistan have been affected by the floods and are in urgent need of help.

Myanmar

Latest Situation

Heavy monsoon rains hit Myanmar in July causing severe floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar. Cyclone Komen, which swept across western Myanmar late last month, has caused extensive damage in the region, including Sagaing Region, Rakhine State, Chin State and Magway Region. More than 1 million people have been affected and thousands are displaced. A large number of people in Myanmar are vulnerable and in need of humanitarian assistance due to unresolved conflicts or intercommunal violence. Many who are in areas that are most affected are internally displaced and are taking shelter in camps or makeshift camps.

Oxfam’s Response

Oxfam is implementing various emergency responses in the affected areas together with our local partners. In particular, we are taking care of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to meet their Water, and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) and food needs.

We are:

  • Providing basic food (rice, edible oil, salt and pulses) to approximately 20,000 affected people (5,000 households)
  • Providing families with clean water
  • Providing essential daily necessities and hygiene kits for women, young girls and children (including detergent, soap, sanitary pads, infant supplies, toothpaste and toothbrushes, candles, torches and batteries)
  • Establishing hand washing facilities and constructing emergency toilets in IDP camps
  • Offering IDPs hygiene education sessions to disseminate basic hygiene information

Pakistan

Latest Situation

Monsoon rains have caused devastating floods and landslides in the northern part of and Punjab Province in Pakistan. So far, more than 500,000 people have been affected in the country. Over 40,000 families have been evacuated and moved to relief camps the government has set up. 

Oxfam’s Response

Oxfam targets to support 4,000 households in the worst affected districts of Rajanpur in Punjab province. Our support includes providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assistance and implementing livelihood programmes to rebuild the livelihoods of those who have been affected.

We are:

  • Providing 28,000 people with access to safe drinking water, hygiene kits, Aquatabs (for water purification), mosquito nets, communal latrines and bathing facilities with walls for privacy
  • Promoting hygiene to 28,000 people
  • Providing emergency cash to 10,500 people to meet their basic needs for the next two months
  • Providing agricultural support to 2,000 subsistence farmers to restore agricultural activity in the upcoming season

India

Latest Situation

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered floods and landslides in both western and eastern India. The floods are the worst in 200 years, affecting an estimated 10 million people, while displacing 1 million.

Oxfam’s Response

Oxfam aims to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, poorest and flood-affected households in Gujarat and Manipur. This includes the provision of water and sanitation facilities, shelter support, short term cash transfer support, and the promotion of public hygiene. We plan to reach at least 5,000 households.

We are:

  • Providing emergency cash for families in the worst affected areas of Gujarat and Manipur
  • Providing safe water and sanitation facilities to affected households in Manipur
  • Offering hygiene promotion activities to affected households in Manipur
  • Providing tarpaulin and ground sheets to households in Gujarat