India: Assam Floods - DREF Final Report MDRIN017


The IFRC, on behalf of the IRCS, would like to thank all partners for their generous contribution to DREF. The unspent balance of CHF 29,183 will be returned to the DREF pot.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

The monsoon rains progressed most of parts of India since July 2016, with some parts of India mainly Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttara Pradesh and Uttarakhand received excessive rainfall. Around 1.7 million people were affected due to monsoon rainfall in 2016 – Assam and Bihar have been severely affected. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) with support and coordination of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), army and civil administrations, evacuated people affected by floods to safer locations, established camps for relief distributions, provided food and non-food items to the affected people.

Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) has activated its First Medical Responders (FMR)1 , trained to respond to such situations all across the affected areas. During the first two weeks of the floods, it was difficult to reach the affected people due to standing floodwaters. They coordinated with NDRF, SDRF and army in relief and rescue operations. FMR volunteers provided first aid to the affected.

IRCS national headquarters (NHQ), responding to the request from the Assam state branch immediately released 500 family packs2 and requested IFRC for support through Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support a total of 5,000 families affected by floods in Assam that included the 500 family packs released immediately after the disaster.