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India - Flood Relief in Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala - ASIN83 Revised Appeal

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Appeal
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Revised Appeal Target: US$ 1,547,028
Geneva, 27 October 1998

Dear Colleagues,

Persistent and unprecedented monsoon rains are continuing to widen the extent of flooding throughout areas of northern India, and also affecting some southern state areas. ACT issued a revision of Appeal ASIN83 on 16 September 1998, which included the emergency assistance projects of the Lutheran World Federation/Department of World Service (LWF/DWS) - India and the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA). The assistance targeted in this appeal revision included the flood affected areas of Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Recently, CASA has requested additional appeal assistance and projects in regions of Andra Pradesh and Kerala, which have also been affected by the unprecedented monsoon rains and flooding.

CASA plans to provide assistance to an additional 8,000 vulnerable families in Andra Pradesh and Kerala who have lost most of their belongings and some of whom are now living in the relief camps set up by the district administration and State governments. These families are in desperate need of food, clothing, domestic kitchen utensils, blankets, and temporary shelters.

Donations to ACT Appeal ASIN83 currently total $422,122 (USD). In addition, DanChurchAid has submitted an application to ECHO on behalf of CASA for 155,000 ECU. To date, LWF/DWS appeal projects have received appeal funds of $233,419 and CASA appeal projects have received $186,110. The new revised appeal target indicated above is 27% funded. Your immediate attention and support for the LWF/DWS and CASA appeal projects will be greatly appreciated. Please kindly send your contributions to the ACT bank account.

For further information, please contact

ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (Phone 41 22 791 60 32 or mobile phone ++41 79 203 60 55)
or
ACT Appeals Officer, Dirk Van Gorp (Phone 41 22 791 6040 or mobile ++ 41 79 433 0592)

ACT Web Site address: http://www.wcc-coe.org/act/

Miriam Lutz
ACT Co-ordinator

ACT/CASA Appeal Projects - Andhra Pradesh and Kerala Only

- Note: All Other Appeal ASIN83 Project Details and Budgets Are Provided In The 01 September 98 Original Appeal and The 16 September 98 Appeal Revision -

Requesting ACT Member

Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (ACT/CASA)

Type of Emergency
Incessant torrential rains caused by the impact of a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal and an unprecedented discharge of water from the Nagarjunasagar reservoir which resulted in a severe flood situation.

Location
Parts of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Date
07 October 1998 onwards.

Description of Damages

Andhra Pradesh
More than 200 villages have been marooned in flood waters and nearly 20,000 people have been evacuated from these villages lying in the lower catchment areas of river Krishna. Around 230 people have been reported killed in various districts. 7 people have been reported dead in Kurnool district where all the rivulets were in spate and one major irrigation tank had breached. 6 deaths were reported from Karimnagar district which included 5 persons who were hit by thunderbolt. There was grave loss to life and property. The total damage in the state has been estimated to be at an extent of Rs. 2,235 crores. Crops in 11.53 lakh hectares of land were badly damaged. The army has been called in to assist the local administration in the flood areas of Andhra Pradesh. The hydro electric power station at Srisailam was shut down as the flood waters of river Krishna entered the power station. 7 power generation units with a total capacity of 771 MV have been shut down indefinitely.

Kerala
Heavy rains are an unusual occurrence in Kerala in the month of October. The continuing downpour over a period of more than one week reached dangerous proportions with many rivers of the state overflowing and towns and villages flooded. The rains caused by depression over the Arabian Sea have been quite harsh in the southern districts of Kerala from where the casualties have been reported. More than 12000 people were evacuated from the flood affected areas. Schools and Colleges have been closed indefinitely in the five southern districts including the state capital Thiruvanthapuram. In Kottayam district, 31 villages have been submerged by flood waters. In Iddukki, alarms have been sounded, warning people against landslides. The rivers Kallada, Pampa, Neyyar, Aliyar, Chaliyar and Kadalundi overflowed. Some bridges have collapsed and power supply has been disrupted in many places. More than 40 people lost their lives in various flood related incidents. The damage to life and property is extensive. Rail and roadlinks were snapped due to water logging.

Number of people dead and/or injured
More than 300 people have died as a direct result of the floods in these two states. The number of people displaced is significant. More people are dying every day from water borne diseases, drowning, snakebite etc. The fear of epidemic outbreaks once the water starts receding is omnipresent.

Implementing Partners
The relief programme will be implemented directly by CASA, with the assistance and co-operation of the local Churches and other NGOs. CASA is registered as a Society under the Societies' Registration Act XXI of 1860. Its members consist of 24 Protestant and Orthodox Churches in India. CASA functions as the outreach arm of these Churches. It seeks to serve the weakest and most marginalised sections of the society regardless of caste, creed, language, ethnic origin or political affiliation.

Number and type of beneficiaries targeted
CASA is targeting its humanitarian aid to 8000 families who have lost most of their belongings and some of them are now living in the relief camps set up by the district administration and State Governments. They are in desperate need of food, clothes, domestic kitchen utensils, blankets and temporary shelters.

Distribution Plan
CASA's programme will be addressed to meet the needs of the weakest sections of the community, regardless of ethnic, religious or political considerations. CASA proposes to assist 8000 families by distributing one standard relief set to each family. The standard CASA relief set contains one saree (female attire), one dhoty (male attire), one blanket and 9 pieces of aluminium kitchen utensils. 5000 Dry ration kits consisting of 10 kgs of rice, 2 kgs of pulses and one litre of cooking oil will also be distributed to supplement the diet of the flood victims. 5000 tarpaulins will also be distributed to families whose dwellings have been completely destroyed as a result of the flood. A cooked food distribution was taken up in 4 relief camps in Andhra Pradesh. CASA's relief teams are already in both areas to survey the damage and identify the families who need CASA's assistance most urgently. The distribution of relief material has started. This phase of the programme will be completed within one month.

Purchasing Plan
The relief sets were purchased as a part of our pre-disaster preparedness programme. The other commodities including the medicines will be procured locally by purchase committees consisting of the relief team leader and representatives of local Churches/Organisations.

Description of Assistance
As soon as the news of the disaster came to CASA, relief teams were rushed to the affected areas of both states to assess the situation and to identify the worst affected people.

Andhra Pradesh

CASA is distributing 1000 sets of relief materials through the Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches in Nellore and Prakasam districts and 2000 sets of relief material in the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church areas worst affected by floods in Guntur and Prakasam districts. A Feeding Programme was also taken up by CASA to provide cooked food to the flood victims.

Kerala

CASA received requests from various local Government officials and Churches including the Metropolitan of the Marthoma Church, the Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India and the Bishop of the CSI Diocese of South Kerala for assistance to the flood victims. As a result , CASA is in the process of distributing 5000 sets of relief materials , 5000 Dry Ration Kits and 5000 tarpaulins in the 4 districts worst affected by floods i.e. Pathnamthitta, Idduki, Trivandrum and Kuttanad districts. The distribution of relief materials will be undertaken in close cooperation with the Marthoma Church, the Church of South India, local NGO's and the Government.

CASA is appealing to the various Churches to send volunteers who can join the CASA teams for relief operations. This will enable the Churches and local NGOs in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala to be actively involved at the field level and express ecumenical care and solidarity with the suffering poor community. It would also be a good opportunity for CASA to strengthen the networks of local NGOs by providing them resources to combat the flood situation.

As said earlier, we will have 6 relief teams for implementing relief and follow up activities in the proposed 6 districts. All the teams will be headed by Field Officers of CASA who have long years of experience in handling such programmes. The programme will be co-ordinated by the South Zone office headed by the Chief Zonal Officer and Additional Emergency Officer of the zone. Each Relief team will have 8 to 10 additional workers (CASA staff and volunteers from local NGOs and Churches).

The programme will be monitored by the Delhi headquarters of CASA.

PROJECT BUDGET - ACT/CASA Projects in Andhra Pradesh & Kerala

Description
Type of Unit
No. of Units
Cost per Unit
Total Value
Relief Programme
Saree
Piece
8000
85
680,000
Dhoty
Piece
8000
45
360,000
Acrylic Blanket
Piece
8000
100
800,000
Aluminium Utensils
Set
8000
140
1,120,000
Rice
kgs
50000
12
600,000
Pulses
kgs
10000
37
370,000
Cooking oil
litre
5000
65
325.000
Bag for packing
piece
5000
6
30,000
Cooked food
meals
6250
5.60
35,000
Tarpaulins
Piece
5000
770
3,850,000
Transportation & Handling
Transport of relief materials
200,000
Co-ordination
Staff Salary (12 Pers)
Month
1
6,000
72,000
Honorarium -30 Volunteers
Month
1
2,000
60,000
Hotel accomm. (12 Pers)
Month
1
4,500
54,000
Food (12 CASA staff)
Month
1
2,400
28,800
Fuel & Maintenance
For 6 vehicles
Month
1
10,000
60,000
Tel, Fax, Postage, Stat.
Month
1
50,000
50,000
Total (Indian Rupees)
8,694,800
Appeal Project Budget ACT/CASA Andhra Pradesh/Kerala (USD): $ 212,068

(Conversion Rate US$ 1 = Rs. 41.00)

ACT APPEAL ASIN83 BUDGET SUMMARY - All Appeal Projects

LWF-INDIA: $ 757,103
CASA: $ 789,925

TOTAL APPEAL REQUEST TO ACT NETWORK: $ 1,547,028

APPEAL FACT SHEET

Appeal Number: ASIN83 Revised

Appeal Name: Flood Relief in Bihar,West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala

Date Issued: 26 October 1998

Project Completion Date: 31 July 1999

Additional Project Description for CASA Projects - Andhra Pradesh & Kerala

CASA proposes to assist 8,000 of the most vulnerable flood affected families with emergency food and non-food items. In addition, selected families will be provided with polythene sheets to be set up as temporary homes until alternative arrangements can be made.

Implementing Partner
Activity Description

Appeal Target (USD)
CASA
Relief sets, medicines, reconstruction/repair of dwellings, installation of tubewells, flood shelters
789,925
LWF
Food, shelter, relief items, medical assistance, water & sanitation
757,103
TOTAL REVISED APPEAL TARGET: $ 1,547,028

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

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APPEAL PLEDGE FORM

(Please fax to the ACT Co-ordinating Office - Fax:++41 22 791 6506)

Appeal Name: Flood Relief in Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala
Appeal Number: ASIN83 Revised

Appeal Target: 1,547,028 USD
Project Completion Date: 31 July 1999

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