India: Floods in Northeast States - Information Bulletin n° 1

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GLIDE FL-2011-000084-IND

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

Due to monsoon rains, heavy flooding is affecting multiple states throughout India, with severe damage and large population displacement occurring, in particular in the northeast states of Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Bihar state has been particularly severely affected, with thousands of people forced from their homes. In this state, the situation is expected to continue to deteriorate. Uttar Pradesh has also been categorized by government sources as being affected by severe floods. Assam is currently categorized as a moderate flood site.

Current government figures indicate that over 5.2 million people have been affected by flooding in these states since the start of the monsoon season (June-August), and with the cyclone season now starting (SeptemberNovember), the recovery of those who have been displaced is likely to be hampered by further inclement weather. In response to these urgent needs, the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) activated its national disaster response teams as well as to launch a national appeal for support.