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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 49
August  01, 2007 / IFNet secretariat

FLASH NEWS

Follow-Up : India flood


1. SITUATION
Heavy rains and landslides have about 750 dead and displaced more than 800,000 people since the start of this year's monsoon season, authorities in the affected states say. Northwestern Maharashtra state has been worst hit, with 362 recorded deaths. In southern Kerala state, 143 have been killed by floods and more than 27,000 displaced since the monsoon began in June. (as of 23rd)

The country has witnessed heavy floods in 10 states (Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Tripura).
Around 90,000 people are being housed in almost 600 shelters and there are concerns of a shortage of clean drinking water and food for the thousands of people who have been displaced in Bihar, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Orissa.
In total, an estimated 700,000 people have been affected by the monsoon rains in 16 Indian districts, and the flooding has also wiped out roads and rail transport in many areas. 80 dams are believed to have reached danger level in Gujurat. (as of 19th)

Along with immeasurable damage to homes, schools, health care facilities and businesses, electricity supplies have been badly affected and wells have been contaminated. Farmers' crops have also been destroyed. The rural poor of the five affected states, especially women, are those most heavily impacted. Sources of income for many have been wiped out, along with food commodities. While food is available in stores, the poor lack purchasing power.
(as of 19th)


2. NUMBER OF VICTIMS    (as of July 18, 2007)
        Dead : 750
         Affected : more than 800,000


3. RELIEF
Though the Indian government has been quick to initiate rescue and rehabilitation measures, there are still gaps according to Aid agency. Many families have not received the financial assistance because they lost their ration cards in the floods. Medical help is also a problem, with both children and adults succumbing to dysentery and fever.

On 23rd July, The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a grant of US$200,000 to provide essential relief supplies and support emergency operation for victims of India.


Please check GFAS page:
http://gfas.internationalfloodnetwork.org/gfas-web


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