India

ACT Appeal India: Assistance to flood affected people - ASIN54

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Appeal Target: US$ 392,092
Geneva, 17 November 2005

Dear Colleagues,

This year many parts of India have been affected by severe flooding. The ACT members Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), the Lutheran World Service India (LWSI) and the United Evangelical Church in India (UELCI) have been responding with their own funding as well as through Appeals: ASIN51 for Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh; ASIN52 for Maharashtra and ASIN53 for Andhra Pradesh. West Bengal and Tamil Nadu are currently affected by floods. The ACT-CO has decided to issue just one more appeal for floods, which will incorporate any further needed flood responses by the ACT members in India for 2005.

Due to heavy rainfall 10 - 18 September 2005 a vast area of Midnapore (East & West), 24 Parganas (South & North) and North Dinajpur were affected by floods. A further low pressure over south-west and west-central Bay of Bengal, off Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh has resulted in incessant heavy rains since 18 October causing severe flooding in east and west Midnapore, North & South 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, Hooghly and Burdwan. About 2,200,000 people have been seriously affected in South Bengal of whom about 1,900,000 belong to East and West Midnapore districts. According to government sources, 127,879 people have been evacuated to 1,200 relief camps set up in the state. Thousands of homes have collapsed and road communication is totally disrupted.

Many people are still living under the open sky on the embankments and on the road sides in urgent need of relief materials such as dry food, baby food, plastic sheets, water purifiers, medicines, bleaching powder, lime dust etc.

Project Completion Date: LWSI - 31 July 2006

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested US$

Total Appeal Target(s): 392,092

Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd. 0

Balance Requested from ACT Alliance: 392,092

Background

Due to heavy rainfall between 10 and 18 September 2005 a vast area of Midnapore (East & West), 24 Parganas (South & North), North Dinajpur were affected by floods. The situation was tackled within the capacity of locally available resources. On 18 September a tidal wave of varying height between 6' to 15 ' caused further damage and destruction especially in 24 Parganas (South & North) and parts of Midnapore districts.

Again due to a low pressure over south-west and west-central Bay of Bengal, off Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, there have been incessant heavy rains since 18 October 2005 in the region of the Ganges area of West Bengal. As a result a vast area of east and west Midnapore, North & South 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, Hooghly and Burdwan have been seriously affected by flooding. About 2,200,000 people have been seriously affected in South Bengal of whom about 1,900,000 belong to East and West Midnapore districts. According to government sources, 127,879 people have been shifted to 1,200 relief camps set up in the state. The death toll stands at 25. Thousands of homes have collapsed and road communication is totally disrupted. 142,058 hectares of crops are inundated.

Among the worst hit areas are Agra, Kanthi, Patashpur, Tamluck in East Midnapore and Sabang, Keshpur, Dantan, Ghatal and Pingla in West Midnapore district. The overflowing rivers of Kelaghai, Kanshabati, Kapaleswari, Chandia have inundated thousands of villages. East Midnapore district is the most affected as water from adjoining districts flows to the sea through this district.

Please kindly send your contributions to the following ACT bank account:

US dollar

Account Number - 240-432629.60A
IBAN No: CH46 0024 0240 4326 2960A

Euro

Euro Bank Account Number - 240-432629.50Z
IBAN No: CH84 0024 0240 4326 2950Z

Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
UBS AG
8, rue du Rhône
P.O. Box 2600
1211 Geneva 4, SWITZERLAND

Swift address: UBSW CHZH12A

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address jkg@act-intl.org) of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind co-operation.

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