Appeal Amount: $100,000
SITUATION: The Indian states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are experiencing the first phase of floods because of continuous rains since the end of June. Week-long torrential rains across Gujarat, in western India, have flooded many cities and villages in 18 districts of southern Gujarat and Saurashtra. Many dams, rivers and creeks are overflowing and the continuous rains has forced evacuation of nearly 500,000 people to safer places * makeshift camps, schools and religious places -- and caused large scale damage to infrastructure, as well as personal and public property. The death toll in Gujarat has now reached 142.
Madhya Pradesh, in west-central India, has also been seriously hit with the worst affected areas being Sagar, Chattarpur, Damoh, Sahra, Riva and Katni where 1 million people are severely affected. The death toll currently stands at 34 and 49,000 people have been evacuated to relief camps.
CWS Response: Church World Service is responding to the flooding in India by supporting the efforts of long-time partner Church Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA). CASA has mobilized relief teams both in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh; primary emphasis of the relief program is to provide, first, cooked food and drinking water to the affected communities, followed by the distribution of relief sets, dry rations and plastic sheets for temporary shelter.
In Gujarat CASA has mobilized four relief teams which will be operating in approximately 60 villages and town slum areas in seven selected districts -- Surat, Valsad, Navsari, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand and Kheda.
In Madhya Pradesh CASA has mobilized 6 relief teams which will be operating in approximately 100 villages and town slum areas in seven districts there: Katni, Rewa, Satna, Sagar, Damoh, Panna and Chattarpur.
CASA is assisting 10,000 of the most affected families in Gujarat and 5,000 in Madhya Pradesh.
In Gujarat: provision of cooked food and drinking water twice a day for 7 days to 10,000 people; provision of dry rations to 10,000 families; provision of plastic sheets to 10,000 families; provision of clothing, utensils, blankets, candles and matchboxes to 10,000 families.
In Madhya Pradesh: provision of cooked food twice a day for seven days to 5,000 people; provision of drinking water twice a day for seven days to 5,000 people; provision of dry ration to 5,000 families; provision of plastic sheets to 5,000 families; provision of clothing, utensils, blankets, candles and matchboxes to 5,000 families.
Food items: 10,000 dry ration kits for Gujarat and 5,000 for Madhya Pradesh, each consisting of 15 kgs. rice, 2 kgs. lentils, 1 liter edible oil, 1 kg. salt, 1 kg sugar and =BD kg ground nut will be distributed as a step towards self sufficiency and to encourage people to return to their dwellings as the waters recede.
Shelter materials: 10,000 plastic sheets (measuring 15 x 10 feet) for Gujarat and 5,000 for Madhy Pradesh will be distributed to enable the people to set up temporary shelters till they are able to reclaim/rebuild their original huts.
Household articles: 10,000 relief sets will be provided in Gujarat and 5,000 in Madhya Pradesh. Each set will consist of 1 woollen blanket, 1 dhoti (a garment worn by the men), 1 saree, 9 pcs. aluminium utensils, 2 packets of candles (12 sticks) and 1 packet of matchboxes (10 matchboxes).
Budget includes: $223,953 for food relief items; $164.651 for non-food relief items, including blankets; $143,023 for plastic sheets; total in direct total assistance: $531,628.
CWS is issuing appeal #6976 (ref # ASIN51) in the amount of $100,000 to support thiswork.
Contributions to support the CWS India Response efforts can be sent to your denomination or directly to:
Church World Service
INDIA Floods 2005 (Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh)(Acct. #6976)
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
Contributions may also be made by credit card by calling: (800) 297-1516, ext. 222, or online at www.churchworldservice.org.
Please contact the CWS Emergency Response Program if you would like a more detailed appeal description.
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