India: Floods - DREF / Emergency appeal MDRIN017 EPoA update n° 1


Timeframe covered by this update: 1 to 15 August 2016


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. Some 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 flood waters. They coordinated with NDRF, SDRF and the army in relief and rescue operations. FMR volunteers provided first aid to the affected people.

IRCS national headquarters (NHQ), responding to the request from the state branches immediately released 500 family packs2 and requested IFRC for additional support through disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) to support 5,000 families affected by floods in Assam.

The IFRC, on behalf of the IRCS, would like to thank all partners for their generous contribution to the replenishment of this DREF

Most of the activities planned under this DREF response operations are on track of delivery within operational timeframe.

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

  • IRCS deployed three water purification units instead of five from their regional warehouse located at Bahadurgarh. This has been revised taking into consideration the flood situations in other states of India and avoid shortage of water purification units for other states, if required. The budget line for transportation of WPUs has been revised as well based on actual purchase order issued. Now the revised budget line for transportation is CHF 1,110 (CHF 370 per unit).

  • Although, the overall budget for this operation remained unchanged however minor adjustments have been made in budget lines based on priorities identified by IRCS, operational realities on the ground and cost of items to be procured locally. Costs of the locally procured items (dhoti, saree, towel, cotton blanket and bedsheet) have been revised to match the selected bids during local committee of contract (CoC). The detailed explanations per budgeted items is being provided in the budget section of this report.