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ACT Alliance Appeal: India - Floods & Landslides in Uttarakhand - IND132

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Floods & Landslides: IND132
Appeal Target: US$ 1,396,628
Balance Requested: US$947,271

Geneva, 21 August 2013

In June 2013, heavy monsoon rains over the north Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. Though parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in India along with some regions of western Nepal and western Tibet also experienced heavy rainfall, over 95% of the casualties occurred in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand receives a large number of pilgrims during the months of June and July since it is a very important Hindu pilgrimage site with many holy Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. It also attracts large number of tourists as it is a hill state and home to many holiday retreats. Thus the casualties are high

The Indian Army, Air Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Force and para-military troopers, carried out the biggest ever relief and rescue operation in living memory, while the national and state disaster management teams joined hands to help the people who were stranded in different parts of the state. More than 108,653 people were evacuated to safer places.

It is feared that at least 15,000 people have been killed in the flood. However, the Government retains the official death toll as 1,000 and the number of missing at 5,748. Many areas are still not accessible, hence the exact death toll is difficult to estimate. However, looking at the extent of damage it is likely to be much higher than thought. Every day, bodies of the deceased are being recovered from the flooded areas and the mud slides that covered vast areas of the hill state.

ACT India Forum members Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) and Lutheran World Service India Trust (LWSIT) are planning to assist the most vulnerable, affected communities with the following: food security and non-food items, temporary shelter (tarpaulins) and house repairs along with early recovery and livelihood restoration.

This appeal replaces the Preliminary Appeal for India – Uttarakhand Floods and Landslides - issued 25 June 2013.