Floods triggered by monsoon rains that start over Kerala and cover the rest of India by mid-July have affected more than 2,500,000, killed more than 130 across the country. West Bengal, Bihar, Kerala are the most affected. (Govt of India, 10 Jul 2011)
Since late August, the monsoon season flooding has affected more than 10 million people in Assam, Bihar, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) launched a domestic appeal for 176 million Indian rupees (approx. 3.3 million Swiss francs or 3.8 million US dollars) to assist people in the worst affected areas. IFRC, 14 Sep 2011
Assisting the victims of natural disasters, India being highly vulnerable to cyclones, floods, earthquakes and droughts remains a priority. .
Alleviating the emergency needs arising from three protracted crises:
Jammu & Kashmir, the North-Eastern States, and Naxal-affected areas in central India, with a special emphasis on protection, health and nutrition remains a must.
Period covered by this update: 20 September 2011 to 29 February 2012 Summary:
Manorama lives in a flood-prone region. As for many other families living in the village, her house is not very strong, and after a flood she usually has to rebuild parts of it. With the help from DCA, Manorama and her family is getting a new house of bricks and concrete, which can resist future floods.
“This is bania-anchal (a flood-prone region) and we are used to floods,” Manorama Pradhan says. “In fact, we are not scared of floods.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011
The 2011 disaster management (DM) programme focused on four strategic DM objectives of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS). These include disaster risk reduction (DRR) for “building safer communities”, national disaster preparedness and response mechanisms, disaster preparedness and response capacity building, and branches interagency coordination.
This report covers the period 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011
Programme outcome The aim of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian National Societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people through the provision of preparedness and resilience focused technical services.
Nidhi SinghiNidhi Singhi, TNN | Apr 16, 2012, 05.42AM IST
LUDHIANA: The sight of flooded streets and caved in roads of last year's monsoon seems to have escaped the memory of municipal authorities here who have not yet proposed the installing of storm sewerage even in the worst affected areas. While they claim that scarcity of funds is preventing the work, residents are dreading the thought of suffering again and demanding to know how the MC plans to deal with water logging without storm sewerage.
The rising cost of floods in Asia is forcing governments to increase spending on water management plans aimed at preventing future disasters. Thailand says it is trying to prevent a repeat of last year's disastrous flooding.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she is confident her government can prevent a repeat of the 2011 flood disaster by spending $11.5 billion to develop new water-resource management systems.
She predicted the Thai economy will grow by five percent this year, boosted in part by government spending on water management infrastructure.
Every year, riverine and coastal areas of West Bengal state in Eastern India are flooded during this year’s monsoon; thousands of people lose their homes and personal items, as well as their already meager sources of income. 2011 was no exception. Heavy rainfall and flooding affected millions throughout West Bengal starting in June. By September, floods affected over 3 million people in 15 districts.
23 December 2011
This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011.
Tackling immediate shelter needs a priority
Living up to its reputation, earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and flooding struck the disaster-prone Asia-Pacific region in 2011. Habitat for Humanity is committed to providing relief to people affected by disasters, recognizing shelter as a basic human right, and responded to many of the major disasters in the region this year.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Period covered by this update: 20 October to 16 December 2011.
New Delhi | December 7, 2011
The United States Chargé d' Affaires to India, Ambassador Peter Burleigh, today announced an additional $497,838 (INR 25,681,513) as United States Government humanitarian relief for flood victims in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. This follows an initial United States emergency grant of nearly $50,000 (INR 2,325,000) in September 2011.
TNN | Nov 28, 2011, 01.37PM IST
CHENNAI: At least 11 people died in flash floods and rain-related accidents in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and Sunday. V Vasuki, 14, was bathing in Vellakarai in Villupuram on Sunday afternoon when she was washed away by flash floods. In Villupuram, Papayee Ammal, 47, was electrocuted on Saturday night, and S Saravanan , 28, was found dead near a lake bund on Sunday morning . In Cuddalore, 25-year-old R Murugan was electrocuted when he tried to switch off a light.
En el último mes se han enviado un total de 220.000 euros para apoyar los programas de ayuda de las Cáritas de Camboya, Filipinas, Tailandia, India y Bangladesh
Cáritas. 21 de noviembre de 2011.- Cáritas Española está dando respuesta solidaria a los llamamientos de ayuda de emergencia que en las últimas semanas han lanzado las Cáritas de Camboya, Filipinas, Tailandia, India y Bangladesh para socorrer a los millones de damnificados por las graves inundaciones que desde finales del verano han asolado grandes regiones de esos países asiáticos.
11 Nov 2011 16:56 Source: Alertnet // Krittivas Mukherjee
By Krittivas Mukherjee
ADDU CITY, Maldives, Nov 11 (AlertNet) - Eight South Asian countries agreed a pact on Friday to provide one another with quick assistance during natural disasters aimed at boosting response in a region that is among the world’s most disaster prone.
Geneva, 10 November 2011
Following heavy rains the Mahanadi and other rivers in the Orissa state of India have wreaked havoc submerging around 4,000 villages spread over 19 districts and leaving 80 dead as the state government is speeding up the relief and rescue operations for 2.2 million affected people. Around 80,720 hectors of cultivated land is totally submerged. Food stocks, possessions and livelihoods have been destroyed. Around 160,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas and moved to 275 relief camps.
**Rice trade increasing due to strong import demands **
Bangkok, Thailand, 11 Nov 2011 -- Notwithstanding extensive floods in Asia since August, FAO has raised its July forecast of global paddy production in 2011 by 2.4 million tonnes to 721 million tonnes. The revision reflects expected improved rice harvests in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India and Viet Nam which more than outweighed a worsening of prospects in Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Madagascar, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand.
Geneva, 4 November 2011
Brief description of the emergency
Due to the north east monsoon, heavy rainfalls have lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu for the last few days. If these conditions prevail heavy flooding is anticipated. Most of the water reservoirs and tanks in the area are full to over flowing. Furthermore, the meteorological department has announced that a new trough of low pressure is extending from Sri Lanka to the northern Tamil Nadu coastal areas bringing more heavy rains.
A SNAPSHOT OF EVENTS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
Between May and September 2011, a number of disasters including floods and storms continued to devastate Asia and the Pacific region.
Floods occurred in China from June onwards, affecting over 36 million people and killing at least 355 people. Despite direct economic losses of nearly US$6.5 billion, no international assistance was requested.
FAO Food Price Index falls for third straight month
The FAO Food Price Index fell by 2 percent in September, finishing the month at 225 points, the third consecutive month that the index has registered slight declines. Nonetheless, the FPI was still ten points higher than a year ago, September 2010.