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South Asia Floods 2011: Work Report 1

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Situation

Since mid August this year, many South Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan experienced excessive heavy rains which led to landslides, affecting more than 17.8 million people with great loss of lives, property and livelihoods.

Torrential rains since mid-August have seriously affected over 1.5 million people living in low-lying areas in Bangladesh including the districts of Satkhira, Jessore and Cox’s Bazar. More than 400,000 people are now living in temporary shelters. Overflowing water from areas upstream has further worsened the situation causing waterlogged conditions estimated to last 2 to 3 months. More than 3,700 houses were completely destroyed, and over 2,200 acres of crops were damaged.

Weeks of monsoon rains battering the southern parts of Pakistan have caused severe flooding, primarily in Sindh province which was affected in the floods last year. The situation continues to deteriorate with more widespread heavy to very heavy monsoon rain accompanied with strong gusty winds. The current floods have killed 162 people and affected more than 5.3 million people. Some 300,000 people are reported to be displaced and are staying in temporary relief camps. The floods have damaged 1.2 million houses and destroyed 1.5 million acres of farm land.

This year, India has witnessed severe floods in six states - Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal and Odisha (formerly known as Orissa), affecting more than 11 million people. More than 250,000 houses and 277,000 acres of farm land have been damaged. Over 200,000 people have been displaced. The heavy rain situation is expected to continue to deteriorate, worsening the current situation.

Hong Kong Red Cross Action

In response to the floods, the Hong Kong Red Cross has mobilized:

  • About HK$694,000 to support the procurement and distribution of 5,000 sets of clothing, 5,000 standard boxes of hygiene parcel, and 6,000 jerry cans in Bangladesh. It is expected more than 65,000 person-times will benefit.

  • Over HK$3.36 million to support 5,000 family kits in India. Each kit includes clothing, blanket, kitchen set, plastic bucket, towel, bed sheet, mosquito nets and tarpaulin. The family kits are expected to benefit 25,000 affected people.

International Red Cross Action

  • The International Red Cross has launched two international emergency appeals for flood relief operations, seeking approximately HK$116 million in total from the international community for emergency assistance in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

  • In Bangladesh, the International Red Cross plans to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to provide food and non-food relief items, emergency shelters, health care services, water and sanitation activities, and livelihood supports to 50,000 floods affected people for 8 months. As of 5 September, the BDRCS and the International Red Cross have already distributed emergency shelter materials, hygiene parcels and jerry cans to 5,000 families; emergency food and cash assistance to 1,000 families; and supplementary food to 5,000 families.

  • In Pakistan, the International Red Cross plans to assist 105,000 people for 4 months. The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has reached almost 15,000 families with various food and non-food items, and almost 10,000 families with water and sanitation. Medical health units have made more than 11,000 consultations.

  • In India, no international appeal has been launched but the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) is seeking for approximately HK$28.9 million to support 50,000 families with non food items, emergency shelter and water and sanitation activities to the floods affected population for 6 months. The International Red Cross has already allocated approximately HK$2,403,000 to support IRCS in delivering immediate assistance to some 75,000 beneficiaries in the state of Odisha. IRCS has distributed 4,000 dry food packets and 1,950 packages of non-food items to the most vulnerable families in Odisha.

General Enquiry

Please dial 2802-0016, fax to 2802-0017 or email to relief@redcross.org.hk