India: Floods DREF Bulletin no. MDRIN002 Update no. 02


Glide no. FL-2007-000096-IND and FF-2007-000083-IND

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In Brief

Period covered by this update: 10 September to 9 October 2007. History of this Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-funded operation:

CHF 250,000 (USD 207,641 or EUR 151,515) allocated from the Federation's DREF on 9 August 2007 to respond to the needs of this operation, and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks distributed to the affected population.

This operation is expected to be implemented for three months, and will be completed by 9 November 2007; a DREF Bulletin Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 8 February 2008). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Programme Summary:

The floods across India this year have resulted in huge human and monetary losses for the country. To date, 3,311 people(1) have been killed and an estimated 57 million people(2) have been affected by the floods. A total of 12 states have been affected, including the state of Uttar Pradesh in the north, which is not a flood prone state but saw one of its worst floods in history this year. Approximately 214 districts have been affected, 6,371,115 hectares of crop-land destroyed, and 103,293 livestock lost across all the affected states.

The fresh wave of floods in the states of Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Bihar, during the reporting period, reiterated the fact that the monsoon season is not over as yet and the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) national headquarters and state branches need to closely monitor the situation.

Under the DREF plan of action, the request for quotations for the purchase of disaster preparedness stock has been issued and the deadline for submitting the quote is 12th October. Meanwhile, instead of replacing two water and sanitation units in Bihar, the IRCS dispatched these to Orissa, in light of fresh floods (the fifth wave this monsoon season) that hit the state. The units are functioning, in coordination with local authorities.


(1) Source: Disaster Management Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, India (9 October 2007)

(2) Source: Indian Red Cross Society An IRCS public health specialist interviewing affected community members in Raigada district of Orissa, during a flood review visit.

MAP - India: Floods (as of 08 Aug 2007)

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Indian Red Cross Society: Dr. S.P. Agarwal (secretary general), email:; phone: +91.11.2371.6424; fax: +91.11.23711.7454

Federation country office in India: Mohamed Babiker (head of office), email:; phone: +91.11.2332.4203; fax: +

Federation South Asia regional representation in India: Al Panico (head of regional representation), email:; phone: +91.11.2411.1125; fax: +91.11.2411.1128

Federation Asia Pacific zone in Malaysia: phone: +603.21610892, fax: +60321611210 Jagan Chapagain (deputy head of zone), email; and Latifur Rahman (disaster management delegate), email

Federation Secretariat in Geneva (Asia Pacific department): fax: +41.22.733.0395 Christine South (regional officer); email:; phone: +41.22.730.4529; or Gokce Balcik (senior assistant); email:; phone: +44.22.730.4429.