Monsoon rains have affected over 174,500 people in the northern region of Assam, India. Rivers have surged, destroying thousands of hectares of cropland and infrastructure. The local government has opened 19 camps across the region in an attempt to provide displaced families with adequate food, shelter and medicine, but the majority of affected people are living outside of these camps. The health and hygiene of affected communities are at high risk, and will remain at risk even as the floodwaters recede.
GlobalMedic is responding to the crisis with a multi-pronged Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program. Water at the community level will be purified through the installation of 10 AP700 Ultrafiltration Membrane Units at widely used and highly accessible water sources, including water towers, wells and mainline water sources. Installed with a hand pump, each of the units can purify water at a rate of 1,000 litres per hour, effectively serving the needs of entire communities.
For families living outside of camp settings - either in transit or in areas where central water sources are not readily accessible - access to safe water will be secured at the household level. The distribution of over 800 Gravity Filters – which use a two-step chlorination and microfiltration process – will provide clean drinking water to more than 4,400 people for an entire year.
Finally, GlobalMedic is preparing more than 800 Hygiene Kits for distribution to protect the health of flood-affected families. Packed with essentials such as soap, sanitary cloths, shampoo and clothing detergent, the kits will also restore a sense of normalcy and dignity for families as they recover from the floods.
GlobalMedic’s Canadian Rapid Response Team is preparing to deploy, while our local partners continue rolling needs assessments in order to identify the worst affected areas for intervention.
To support GlobalMedic's flood response in Assam, please donate here: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/28063.