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16 Jun 2011 description
report Times of India

Swati MathurSwati Mathur, TNN

BANDA: When Sushil Kumar heard that the government was about to offer drought-hit farmers compensation in the form of monetary relief, his hopes rose. Production may have been poor, but all was not lost. With the compensation amount he would get, Kumar thought he would buy better seeds to sow for the next cropping season. And if there was still any extra left, he may even consider buying a thresher.

27 May 2004 description


Appeal Target: US$ 949,279
Geneva, 27 May 2004

Dear Colleagues,

In spite of a fairly good monsoon in most parts of the country in 2003, large tracts of the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra did not receive adequate rainfall. For some of the areas 2003 was the fourth consecutive year of drought.

31 Jan 2004 description

Appeal No. 16/03; Launched on: 20 June 2003 for six months for CHF 1,292,000 (USD 972,835 or EUR 833,259) to assist 75,000 beneficiaries. Due to lack of funding the operation was scaled down with a reduced budget of CHF 174,000 to assist 41,500 beneficiaries. The appeal time-frame was reduced to four months.

29 Oct 2003 description


Appeal Target: CHF 3,400,000 (USD 2,446,214 or EUR 2,336,657)
Period covered: July - Sept, 2003
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal coverage: 48.3 %; See attached Contributions List for details1.

Outstanding needs: CHF 2,201,897 (1,557,211 USD / 1,432,128 EUR)

25 Sep 2003 description


Appeal No. 16/2003;
Appeal launched on 20 June 2003 for CHF 1,292,000( USD 972,835 or EUR 833,259) for 6 months for 75,000 beneficiaries (15,000 families); given the low donor response to date, the operational budget is being revised to CHF 174,000, and the operational time-frame shortened.

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 100,000 Period covered: 19 July - 28 August 2003

25 Sep 2003 description


Appeal No. 16/2003;
Appeal launched on 20 June 2003 for CHF 1,292,000(U SD 972,835 or EUR 833,259) for 6 months for 75,000 beneficiaries (15,000 families); given the lo w donor response to date, the operational budget is being revised to CHF 174,000,a nd the operational time-frame shortened.

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 100,000 Period covered: 19 July - 28 August 2003

29 Jul 2003 description


Appeal launched on 20 June 2003 for CHF 1,292,000 (USD 972,835 or EUR 833,259) for 6 months for 75,000 beneficiaries (15,000 families).
Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 100,000

Period covered: 20 June - 18 July 2003

The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal coverage: 2.0 %

02 Jul 2003 description

Baltimore, July 2, 2003 -- "It has finally started to rain in Rajasthan after four years of drought," Lutheran World Relief's Carolina Castrillo reported from northeast India last week. LWR is helping 24 villages establish reliable water supplies there.

01 Jul 2003 description
report Wells for India

Wells for India are providing support since October 2002 on a regular basis to over 10,235 most needy households, 57,700 people and 64,000 small animals (sheep and goats) located in 315 settlements in 105 scattered villages in 5 districts of Rajasthan state of India. All villages are receiving drinking water supplies, 36 food grain, 78 animal feed and fodder, and 36 are involved in cash and food for work programmes. Programme is implemented in close collaboration with Rajasthan state government departments and managed by 11 project implementation partners in the state

30 Jun 2003 description

Geneva, 30 June 2003 - The severe drought that has for more than four years devastated several states in India continues unabated with the state of Rajasthan being the most affected. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent report that many families have not consumed green vegetables for more than a month, and daily meals have been reduced to one per day. There are numerous reports of people and even whole villages surviving on only wild grass.

26 Jun 2003 description

At least 43 million people in the Indian state of Rajasthan are suffering an acute shortage of food and clean water after five years of continual drought. The drought, which the Indian government describes as the most widespread in 15 years, is affecting 300 million people in 12 states, but hardest hit has been Rajasthan, where the latest drought has destroyed 4.8 million hectares of crops and killed 54 million livestock.

26 Jun 2003 description

New Delhi (dpa) - Farmers in the drought-affected southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are packing their bags and heading to the Gulf region in search of jobs, it was reported Thursday.

Over the past year, four out of every five people in the state who received passports were illiterate or semi-literate farmers, New Delhi Television (NDTV) reported.

"There is no water and we cannot farm. I am going to Saudi Arabia to work," said Ramulu, a farmer from Nizamabad district.

So far, Andhra Pradesh's biggest export has been software engineers.

23 Jun 2003 description

Rajasthan, the largest state in India, has an estimated population of 54 million, spreading over 41,500 villages in 32 districts. Out of 32 Districts, 20 Districts have received almost no rainfall in the last year, which has dried up surface water and depleted ground water. The local economy has suffered greatly since it is dependent on rain-fed agricultural production. As a result, men and teenage boys are migrating to urban areas in search of jobs, while their wives, daughters, and mothers stay in the villages, walking for miles to fetch drinkable water.

20 Jun 2003 description


The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Launched on 20 June 2003 for six months for CHF 1,292,000 (USD 972,835 or EUR 833,259) to assist 75,000 beneficiaries (15,000 families)

The situation

05 Jun 2003 description
report World Bank

Washington, June 5, 2003 - To help improve the quality and safety of food and drugs in India, the World Bank today approved a US$ 54 million credit to the Government of India. The Food and Drugs Capacity Building Project will be the first stage of a long-run program supporting the Government of India's vision of ensuring safe and high quality food and drugs for the Indian public. The project will benefit society at large, but in particular the poor, who will gain from lower morbidity and premature mortality as a result of increased safety and quality of foods and drugs available.

04 Jun 2003 description

HYDERABAD, India, June 4 (Reuters) - Indians poured into temples and mosques on Wednesday to pray for rain as a heatwave that has killed over 1,000 people in one state alone swept across the sub-continent.

Weather officials warned there would be no early respite, with the arrival of the rain-bearing southwest monsoon delayed until June 8 at the earliest and temperatures likely to hover around 47 degrees Celsius (117 Farenheit) over the next two days.

02 Jun 2003 description

By Thomas Kutty Abraham

NATWARGADH, India (Reuters) - Ten-year-old Bharti pushes herself through a swarm of people, unmindful of the sweltering sun or the frenetic crowd that tries to beat her to the edge of a well for a bucket of filthy water.

Reservoirs, ponds and wells in the western Indian state of Gujarat dried up seven months ago and villagers like Bharti jostle around empty wells for hours, often in temperatures that go up to 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit), waiting for tankers that bring muddy water and dump it into the wells.