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Appeal India West Bengal Floods

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Appeal Target : US$ 422,200
Dear Friends,

Incessant and torrential monsoon rains, beginning in late July, have inundated large areas of Midnapore district in West Bengal, India. An estimated 16,000 houses have collapsed due to the flooding caused by the heavy rains and approximately 100,000 people are homeless. In addition, drinking water sources, roads, embankments, infrastructure and crop lands have been extensively damaged or destroyed. There are immediate and acute needs of vulnerable familes for food, temporary shelter, and assistance in rebuilding their homes.

ACT member Lutheran World Service - India Program (ACT/LWS-India) has appealed for funding to provide food rations, supplemental feeding, water wells and housing construction materials to an estimated 5,000 families in the Midnapore district. All ACT assistance will be implemented by the LWS-India program, which is well experienced in providing effective disaster relief throughout India.

We request your prompt and generous support to this vital ACT emergency relief effort to assist the families of Midnapore affected by the recent floods. We thank you in advance for your support.

Implementing Partner: Lutheran World Federation, World Service - India Program (ACT/LWS)

Please kindly send your contributions to the ACT bank account.

For further information, please contact:

ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (phone 41 22 791 6032 or mobile phone 41 89 203 6055)
or
ACT Appeals Consultant, Dirk Van Gorp (phone +41 22 791 6040)

Rev. Dr. Kyung-Seo Park Miriam Lutz Rev. Rudolf Hinz
Acting Director ACT Co-ordinator Director
WCC/Unit IV LWF/World Service

Ecumenical Centre, 150 route de Ferney , P.O. Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Phone: ++41 22 791 6033 Fax: ++41 22 791 6506 E-mail: act@wcc-coe.org Telex: 415 730 OIK CH

I. REQUEST FROM

Lutheran World Service - India Program (ACT/LWS-India)

II. IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

Lutheran World Federation/World Service - India Program (ACT/WS - India) is a relief and development organisation, established with the mandate to alleviate the suffering of distressed groups irrespective of caste, religion, gender or political affiliation.

III. DESCRIPTION OF CURRENT EMERGENCY SITUATION

Widespread Flooding
Incessant rains from the middle of July have inundated large parts of the district of Midnapore. Around one million people have been affected. Standing crops on approximately 161,000 hectares have been severely damaged. Around 16,000 houses collapsed rendering around 100,000 people homeless.

IV. LOCATION OF DISASTER

Midnapore district in the state of West Bengal in the eastern part of India. Mostly rural and some semi-urban areas of the district have been affected. Standing crops, houses, drinking water sources, roads, embankments and infrastructure have been damaged and/or destroyed.

V. DATE OF DISASTER

Rains began between the second and third week of July and the First flood occurred in the last week of July. Due to heavy rains in the catchment areas, several dams in the region have discharged large amounts of water. This has further aggravated the flood situation. There was no significant drop in the flood water levels even by the middle of August

VI. DESCRIPTION OF OVERALL DAMAGE CAUSED BY EVENT

Flood waters have inundated most parts of the district of Midnapore. With large areas of the district remaining -virtually cut off from the rest of the state, there are no firm figures on the number of deaths caused by the floods, Available reports indicate that 20 people have died.

It is estimated that approximately one million people have been affected by the recent floods. According to official reports, more that 16,000 traditional houses in more than 40 gram-panshayats (local self government) spread over 16 blocks have collapsed. An estimated 100,000 persons are homeless. Another 15,000 houses have been severely damaged affecting an additional 90,000 persons.Between 160 - 200 square kilometres of Ghatal, a sub division in the district, is under 2 metres of water. Village roads and state highways have been badly damaged in many places. Even the national highway has been breached in some places. Rivers have breached embankments in more than 30 places. The situation in many areas is considered even worse than it was during the floods of 1978, which were the most serve floods experienced by West Bengal in recent memory.

More than 2 metres of water flowing over the agricultural fields has destroyed standing crops of rice in many areas. People have taken shelter on embankments, roads and highways. There is an acute shortage of shelter, food, drinking water and medicines in the area.

VII. NUMBER AND TYPE OF BENEFICIARIES

Beneficiaries will be from the flood affected rural population, prioritizing families from the socially and economically deprived strata.

Temporary Shelter: Distribute polythene sheets for temporary shelter to 5,003 families who have taken shelter on roads, embankments and high grounds.

Food Rations: Dry rations of rice, dal, cooking oil etc, will be distributed among 5,000 displaced families (approximately 30,000 persons) for a period of one month.

Supplementary Nutrition: One supplementary meal per day will be provided to an average 10,000 people comprised of children under 6 years of age, and pregnant as well as nursing mothers.

Drinking Water: 50 tube wells will be sunk with platform and tube well heads above the high flood level, one tube well per village in 50 villages. Approximately 2500 families will be assured of safe drinking water after the water recedes.

House Repair Materials: Precast reinforced concrete pillars as well as bamboo poles and dimensional wood timbers for the structure of houses will be given to 1,000 families of landless agricultural labourers, members of the schedule castes and schedule tribal communities.

VIII. STATED EMERGENCY NEEDS

Temporary Shelter: 5,000 plastic sheets will be required. Each family will be provided with one sheet measuring 4 metres by 3 metres.

Food Rations: Food rations will be distributed to 5,000 families on a weekly basis for one month at the below listed rates. Estimated average family size is 6 persons per family.

Rice: 5 kg per family per week
Dal(lentils): 1 kg per family per week
Cooking Oil: 500grams per family per week

Supplementary Nutrition: The supplementary nutrition program will benefit 10,000 persons per day. Traditional dishes prepared with rice and lentils will be distributed for one month.

Rice: 100grams per person per day
Lentils: 50 grams per person per day
Cooking Oil: 10 grams per person per day

Drinking Water: 50 tube wells with platforms and hand pump heads above high flood level will be sunk. Average depth of the tube wells will be around 50 metres.

Approximately 1,500 metres of 1 1/2" diameter GI/PVC pipe will be required.
Approximately 1,000 metres of casing pipe will be required.

50 pieces of India Mark II hand pump heads will be required.
20 metric tons of cement is needed to construct 50 platforms.
100,000 Bricks are to be procured to raise the platforms and provide drainage.

House Repair Materials: Precast reinforced concrete pillars, bamboo poles and structural wood timbers will be distributed to 1, 000 families to repair and strengthen their traditional houses in order to prevent them from collapsing in future floods. A portion of the roofing materials , normally tiles, will be salvaged f rom the damaged houses. Walls will be constructed by the families in the traditional way utilizing their own resources and using mud and bamboos construction. House repair activities will be monitored by LWS India personnel.

12,000 precast reinforced concrete pillars (11 pillars per house)
Approximately 6,000 cubic feet of palmyra and other dimensional wood timber (6cf per house)
Approximately 40,000 bamboo poles (40 bamboo poles per house)
Approximately 360,000 tiles (360 tiles per house)
Approximately 40,000 ridge tiles (40 ridge tiles per house)

Personnel: The project activities will be carried out by a team of 23 personnel including 5 women volunteers. (For details please refer to the itemized project budget.

IX.: PROCUREMENT

All items will be procured locally and in compliance with ACT guidelines and policy.

X.: TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED

USD: 422, 200
Indian Rupees: 14,354,800

XI.: TIME TABLE IMPLEMENTATION

ACT/LWS Relief operations have been initiated beginning in the middle of August with available internal resources. These operations include the distribution of temporary shelter materials and dry food rations. All ACT relief operations will be completed within 6 months.
Project period is 15 August 1997 to 15 February 1998.

XII.: INCOME BUDGET

No other donors or agencies have been approached for support. Items distributed thus far have been drawn from the emergency stock pile for quick disaster response.

XIII.: COORDINATION

The planned program will be implemented and coordinated by ACT/LWS India. Requests have been received from grass root level NGOs in the district, elected representatives of the people, local self Government authorities and district officials. Their cooperation and services will be used to identify the worst affected areas and population groups.

XIV.: GENERAL

There is a reported acute food shortage in the area. ACT/LWS has responded in a limited way with materials drawn from the emergency stock pile. These stocks are very limited and are rapidly being depleted. As requested by ACT/LWS, advance funds of $25,000 from the ACT Rapid Response Fund have been provided to enable the continuation of relief operations at present. These Rapid Response Funds comprise a portion of the appeal target and will be re-paid from donations to the appeal.

ACT/LWS-India: ASIN74 APPEAL BUDGET ( 15 Aug 97 - 15 Feb 98)

I.: EMERGENCY RELlEF & ASSISTANCE

Description
Number
Unit
Cost/Unit
Total Cost
Tot. Budget
Food Rations
Rice & Pressed Rice
100,000 kg
.25
25,000
25,000
Dal / Lentils
20,000 kg
.50
10,000
10,000
Cooking Oil
10,000 kg
1.25
12,500
12,500
Sub-total
47,500
Supplemental Nutrition
Rice & Pressed Rice
30,000 kg
7,500
7,500
Dal / Lentils
15,000 kg
.50
7,500
7,500
Cooking Oil
3,000 kg
1.25
3,750
3,750
sub-total
18,750
Water & Sanitation
India Mark II Pump
50 Each
125.00
6,250
6,250
Strainers - Brass
100 Each
15.00
1,500
1,500
Plug Cutter
50 Each
1.50
75
75
GI/PVC Pipe 4"
1,000 Meters
12.00
12,000
12,000
GI/PVC Pipe 1.5"
1,500 Meters
2.50
3,750
3,750
Sockets
50 Each
2.50
125
125
Sinking Costs
50 Lump Sum
150.00
7,500
7,500
Cement
400 Bag
5.00
2,000
2,000
Bricks
100,000 Piece
.07
7,000
7,000
Stone Chips
2,500 Cu. Ft.
.70
1,750
1,750
sub-total
41,950
Shelter
Plastic Sheeting
5,000 Each
8.50
42,500
42,500
Concrete pillars 11'
8,000 Each
6.50
52,000
52,000
Concrete pillars 8'
4,000 Each
5.00
20,000
20,000
Bamboo Poles 9"
20,000 Each
1.00
20,000
20,000
Bamboo Poles 3"
20,000 Each
.50
10,000
10,000
Timber Rafters
6,000 Cu. Ft.
7.50
45,000
45,000
Roof Tiles
350,000 Each
.1028
36,000
36,000
Ridge Tiles
40,000 Each
.125
5,000
5,000
Cement
2,000 Bag
5.00
10,000
10,000
Stone Chips
15,000 Cu. Ft.
.50
7,500
7,500
Nails, Coaltar, Etc
1,000 Lump Sum
7.50
7,500
7,500
sub-total
255,500
Construction Labor
Shelter Const - Pillars
1,000 Lump Sum
5.00
5,000
5,000
Water Wells - Masonry
50 Lump Sum
75.00
3,750
3,750
sub-total
8,750
Transport
Shelter Materials
1,000 Lump Sum
5.00
5,000
5,000
Water Well Materials
50 Lump Sum
15.00
750
750
Total: Emergency Relief & Assistance Costs
$ 378,200
II. OPERATIONAL & SUPPORT COSTS
Description
Number
Unit
Cost/Unit
Total Cost
Tot Budget
Staff Salaries
Coordinator
1
6Mo
375.00
2,250
2,250
Accountant
1
6Mo
250.00
1,500
1,500
Store Keeper
1
6Mo
187.50
1,125
1,125
Engineer
1
6Mo
305.00
1,830
1,830
Social Workers
10
6Mo
187.50
11,250
11,250
Women Volunteer Stipend
5
6Mo
187.50
5,625
5,625
Support Staff
4
6Mo
125.00
3,000
3,000
sub-total
26,580
Operational Costs
Office Rent
1
6Mo
100.00
600
600
Storage Rent
1
6Mo
100.00
600
600
Local Transport Costs
1
6Mo
416.66
2,500
2,500
Staff Travel
1
6Mo
208.33
1,250
1,250
Electricity
1
6Mo
20.00
120
120
Telephone
1
6Mo
200.00
1,200
1,200
Stationary & Office Mats
1LumpSum
1,500.00
1,500
1,500
sub-total
7,770
Vehicle Operational Costs
Fuel - Jeep
1
6Mo
200.00
1,200
1,200
Fuel - Pick Ups
2
6Mo
400.00
4,800
4,800
Fuel - Motorcycles
5
6Mo
100.00
3,000
3,000
Capital Equipment Costs Over 500USD
9,000
Telephone/Fax Machine
1
Each
650.00
650
650
Sub-total
650
Total: Operational & Support Costs
$ 44,000
TOTAL APPEAL TARGET: $ 422,200

APPEAL FACT SHEET

Appeal Number: ASIN74

Appeal Name: India West Bengal Floods

Date Issued: 28 August 1997

Project Completion Date: 15 February 1998

Project Description: Procurement, transport and distribution of food rations, supplemental feeding, and house repair/reconstruction materials to an estimate 5000 flood affected families in the Midnapore district of West Bengal. Development of 50 new water sources (tube wells). Operational and support costs necessary to implement the described assistance over a period of 6 months.

Implementing Activity Appeal Target
Partner Description (USD)

ACT/LWS - India Emerg. Relief, House Rec., Tube Wells $378,200
ACT/LWS - India Operational and Support Costs $ 44,000

TOTAL APPEAL TARGET: $ 422,200

Pledges can be communicated to ACT by using the Appeal Pledge Form

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