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12 May 2018 description
report Caritas

From relief and rehabilitation to shelter and livelihood support, Caritas India team is determined to bring back normalcy for the flood affected families of Assam.

Last year, the state witnessed the worst flood in three decades affecting lakhs of people. Families staying in the low-lying areas faced the toughest trial in terms of loss of life, livelihood, livestock, and houses.

09 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, EM-DAT data indicates that 318 natural disasters occurred, affecting 122 countries. The impact of which resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people affected, and US$314 billion in economic damages.

The human impact of natural disasters in 2017 was much lower than the last 10 year average, where events with extremely high mortality occurred, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (225,570 deaths) and the 2008 Nargis Cyclone in Myanmar (138,400 deaths).

03 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children

This brief documents the impact of the floods in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal from June to September 2017 on children's education and safety. It describes response efforts taken by Save the Children India to ensure access to and continuation of education for affected children through Child Friendly Spaces (CFS), Temporary Learning Centers (TLC) and Temporary Learning Materials (TLM).

24 Mar 2018 description
report Caritas

People of Assam are under vicious cycle of flood due to rains and embankment breach every year. Regular floods not only destroy their homes but also snatch away their source of livelihood. Palahjuri village is one of the most remote and isolated village located at the bank of Mighty Brahmaputra River under Laharighat Revenue Circle in Morigaon district Assam is badly affected by the recent flood. It takes 1 hour from district headquarter Morigaon to reach the village.

09 Feb 2018 description
report Caritas

United Way Bengaluru agreed to support Caritas India in providing shelter and livelihood to 235 families in Morigaon district of Assam.

The support will be provided to the poor and excluded communities who have lost their shelter along with their source of livelihood during the flood 2017.

24 Jan 2018 description

This report evaluates the impact of the natural disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2017 and provides an overview of global economic losses.

22 Dec 2017 description
report Caritas

“My family had struggled a lot to get drinking water post flood but i am grateful to you for building a handicapped friendly hand pump platform in the village,” says Kmenlang Tongper, a specially abled beneficiary from Kalamura I village.

12 Dec 2017 description

This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "School Safety and Security: Reflections" and deals with this important theme in extensive detail. This issue highlights how different stakeholders including the government, teachers, students and various civil society organizations (CSOs) are coming up with various innovations to protect India's large school going citizens. This issue contains articles from reputed academics, practitioners and experts who have worked on the theme of School Safety and Security.

30 Nov 2017 description


Description of the disaster

Heavy and intense monsoon rains created havoc across the north and north-eastern part of India between June and August 2017. While Assam and Manipur in north-east received floods for the third time during this year; rains in the north, Himalayan region especially Nepal, resulted in flooding across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal. This flooding has been described as the worst to affect the state since 2008.

23 Nov 2017 description

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $3.376 million to Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Assam, India.

07 Nov 2017 description

“We are not used to open defecation, but this year’s floods did force us, as the drains got choked and flow of water was blocked, but thanks to Red Cross to have provided us latrines, which not only saved us from many diseases but also helped us maintain our dignity.” Soibam Sony Devi, a 42 year old female resident of Bashikhong, Imphal East District shared.

02 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2 2017 (IPS) - This year in the Caribbean and on the American mainland, hurricanes have left millions of people in need of assistance.

The Secretary General recently travelled to Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica to show solidarity and see for himself the damage. In Puerto Rico, 3.4 million people have been scrambling for basic necessities, including food and water. Barbuda was rendered uninhabitable and Dominica was hit hard for the second year in a row.

01 Nov 2017 description

Floods as an Opportunity

In 2017 South Asia was ravaged by unprecedented flooding that affected close to 41 million people across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. While the death and destruction unleashed by these floods is tragic, it also represents an opportunity to learn the necessary lessons to set South Asia firmly onto a safer and greener development trajectory.

31 Oct 2017 description

The Indian Red Cross has today announced plans to scale up its recovery efforts following the devastating floods that have affected some 30 million people across India, devastating communities, and destroying homes and livelihoods.

The Indian Red Cross, Joint Secretary in-charge Manish Choudhary says, “Red Cross has been on the ground since the beginning, working tirelessly to help those who need it most, but with millions of Indians still in need, there is so much more to do”.

30 Oct 2017 description

India faces floods every year and Assam has always been at the receiving end. Hence, Assam state branch has developed ability to respond during any disasters. “Floods – 2017” were not different. As soon as the floods hit Assam, this state branch set out to respond with rescue and first aid services immediately in six of the most affected districts. Further, the state branch has trained volunteers to not only carry out rescue but also look in to the needs of the affected people within the affected districts.

25 Oct 2017 description

By Huizhong Wu

MADHURPATTI, India, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When heavy rains swept through this village in northern Bihar in August and September, so much floodwater covered farmers' fields that it was difficult to tell one plot of land from another.

"After the flood, when we went out to see the land there was nothing there," said Babu Ram Rai, one Madhurpatti farmer.

Rai and his neighbors - who farm a floodplain crisscrossed by rivers - are no strangers to flooding.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Government of India

The garden city of Bangalore has received its highest rainfall this monsoon, breaking all the previous records, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The city recorded around 1615mm of rainfall this year, crossing the previous record of 1606mm rain in 2005. This caused misery to the residents to Bangalore as the rains claimed over 10 lives .

However on Monday Bangaloreans had some respite from rain as the showers stopped till evening following which the municipal corporation undertook the pothole filling process.