ACT Appeal India-Maharashtra: Emergency Assistance to Flood Affected ASIN52


Appeal Target: US$ 363,971
Geneva, 5 August 2005

Dear Colleagues,

Incessant rains continued to pound Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra for over a week, causing a state death toll of 900. In Mumbai alone, hundreds have died due to landslides, drowning, electrocution in flooded streets and even through suffocating in their cars as they waited-out the rains. Rail, road and air traffic was paralysed. Mumbai screeched to a halt as traffic in low-lying areas and on the eastern and western express highways were affected.

Such scenes have never before been seen in Mumbai, a cosmopolitan city that is home to India's financial and movie industries There have been angry protests in several areas of the city where thousands have been without electricity and drinking water supplies since the flooding started.

The state government has estimated the damage to be around Rs 20 billion including agriculture (6 billion), livestock (1 billion), housing (3 billion) and infrastructure (10 billion). Preliminary reports estimate more than 10,000 houses have collapsed in the affected districts of Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Sangli, Ratnagiri Raigad.

Civic infrastructure - roads, public buildings, primary health centres, schools and administrative buildings as well as water supply schemes have been damaged. Phone networks collapsed, highways were blocked and the city's airports, among the nation's busiest, were closed.

Livelihood has been adversely affected and there is large scale loss of personal and public property. People belonging to weaker and marginalized sections are the worst off having no resources to fall back on. The living conditions in the affected areas and relief camps are appalling and people are not being provided the basic necessities of life.

ACT member Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) has already started the feeding programme with existing emergency funds and is proposing to continue to assist the most vulnerable with cooked food and potable water for a period of five days, dry ration kits, clothing, hygiene kits and educational material.

This appeal will include ACT member CASA only.

Project Completion Date: 30 September 2005

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

Total Appeal Target(s)
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd.
Balance Requested from ACT Alliance

Please kindly send your contributions to either of the following ACT bank accounts:

US dollar

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


Euro Bank Account Number - 240-432629.50Z
IBAN No: CH84 0024 0240 4326 2950Z
Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together

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 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 cooperation.

For further information please contact:

ACT Director, White Rakuba (phone +41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone + 41 79 203 6055) or

ACT Program Officer, Mieke Weeda (phone +41 22 791 6035 or mobile phone +41 79 285 2916)

ACT Web Site address:

White Rakuba
Director, ACT Co-ordinating Office

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