Northeast India Floods 2017

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Updated: 31 July, 2017

The Situation

Heavy monsoon rains have been sweeping across Assam and Manipur in the Northeastern India since early July, causing floods and landslides and leaving over a million people homeless.

Assam and Manipur are the worst hit areas, rivers there are flowing above the danger mark. Over 77 people have drowned or died from electrocution, and the death toll has only continued to rise in Northeast India. Some 25,000 people are now sheltered at 363 relief camps or relief distribution centres.

People have lost their homes, as well as their agricultural produce, personal valuables and livestock, all of which they depended on for their livelihoods.

Without access to clean water, food and shelter, flood survivors are particularly vulnerable. Hand pumps are contaminated with flood water and open defecation and debris have become a concern. Stagnant water too poses the risk of diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and dengue.

Oxfam’s Response

Oxfam’s team is tirelessly working with our partners in the worst hit districts to provide urgent assistance to flood survivors. It is imperative food, clean drinking water, hygiene kits, and shelter to protect people from extreme weather are provided now. Other non-food items - like tarpaulins, blankets, ground sheets, and a specially designed Oxfam bucket that prevents contamination of water, mugs, mosquito nets and water purification tablets among other relief items - are also urgently needed.

Assam

  • Oxfam has completed detailed needs assessments in Lakhimpur and Karimganj districts
  • Oxfam has distributed food items to 246 households
  • Oxfam has also distributed 2,122 hygiene and shelter kit to families and conducted public health promotion activites in villages and camps
  • Oxfam is currently transporting contingency stock from Morigaon to Karimgunj via Meghalaya so that it can be distributed to 1,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected households
  • Oxfam is supporting recently affected people in Lakhimpur district from 14 villages and those who are living in temporary makeshift houses on the national highway.

 

Manipur

  • Oxfam's relief stock is on its way to the worst affected districts in Manipur, including Imphal East, Bishnupur and Thoubal.

 

Oxfam India aims to reach out to 5000 households in Assam and 3000 in Manipur with the available funds.

Oxfam Hong Kong’s application for an emergency grant of HK$3,915,000 from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) Advisory Committee was approved by the HKSAR Government on 31 July 2017. We aim to provide emergency relief materials to 4,000 households or 20,000 vulnerable people affected by the floods in badly affected areas. These include Lakhimpur and Karimganj in Assam, and another three badly affected districts in Manipur, Imphal East, Thounal and Bishnupur in Northeast India.

Relief items include:

  • Oxfam’s standard hygiene kit and emergency shelter kit for 4,000 families.

 

Expected outcomes include:

  • Ensured security and safe shelter from the elements for 4,000 households will receive emergency shelter materials and non-food items
  • Reduced risk of waterborne and water-related diseases 4,000 households will have access to safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene items.