India: Floods DREF Operation Update n° 2 (MDRIN016)

Situation Report
Originally published



Most of the activities planned under this operation have been completed. Family packs (consisting of dhoti, saree, cotton blanket, towel, bucket, bedsheet and one kitchen set) and tarpaulins have been distributed to 3,500 and 2,500 families, respectively. However, due to unexpected transportation restriction in the country, the local replenishment was not yet completed. A no-cost one month extension of operation timeframe was requested to accommodate the replenishment of some non-food items (NFIs). The DREF operation will be completed by 29 March 2016, with the final report published 90 days after the end of operation.

The IFRC, on behalf of the IRCS, would like to thank all partners for their generous contribution to the replenishment of this DREF. These include Canadian Red Cross/Canadian Government (DFATD), ECHO, IFRC New York Office/private donors.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A severe depression over the Bay of Bengal in early November 2015 was followed by heavy rains in several parts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The rains intensified in early December 2015 again and caused unprecedented rains and flooding pounding several parts of Chennai city and most areas of its suburbs, leaving over 300 people dead and prompting government to declare it a “calamity of severe nature”. Chennai Corporation officials reported at least 57,000 houses in the city of Chennai suffered structural damages. The city was badly affected with more than a million people directly affected by flash floods and overflows from lakes and reservoirs.