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Flood vulnerable communities trained on water, health, sanitation and shelter

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MAJULI ISLAND [ACTED News] – Majuli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra river and is the largest river island in the world. Every year Majuli Island in the hazard prone North East of India experiences flooding. Flood displaces thousands, disrupting Majuli Island's public, educational and health systems. The island shrinks as the surrounding river grows.

In response, ACTED is training community members in first aid, search and rescue, early warning systems and water, health and sanitation and shelter to increase the community's preparedness and resilience to disaster.

ACTED staff most recently trained 50 male and female Majuli Island community members on water, health and sanitation and shelter in emergency. These trainees gained the tools to become leaders and advocates in their communities, increasing community awareness and organisation of water, health and sanitation and shelter in emergency.

These trainings aim to make sure that Majuli Island’s community is at the heart of and involved in the preparations for disaster risk reduction.