Kerala floods update - aid effort gears up

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Oxfam: more help arrives as the aid effort gears up

Oxfam India’s emergency team is in Wayanad and Idukki, two of the worst affected districts in Kerala. The team has conducted an assessment, met the local administration and trained local partners to distribute humanitarian supplies.

Aid distributions is expected to start from Wednesday (22 August) since the government has restricted the movement of heavy vehicles to affected areas due to extensive damage to roads.

The aid includes 45,000 water purification tablets, 4000 Oxfam buckets for storing water, 2000 tarpaulins for emergency shelters and 2000 ground sheets.

The next round of supplies will reach the area in next few days and will contain 2000 hygiene kits. Each kit contains eight bars of washing soap, eight bars of bathing soap, antiseptic liquid, six packs of sanitary pads, one nail clipper and two hairbrushes.

Access is a major challenge as only army rescue teams are currently able to access remote places and it is a challenge to find dry space for storage of relief material.

Spokespeople available for interviews. Contact:

Himanshi Matta
Phone: +91-11-46538000 Ext.380 / Mobile: +91-8860182310

Ian Bray
Senior Press Officer
+44 (0)1865 472289
+44 (0)7721 461339
Twitter: @IanOxfam
Skype: Ian-Bray

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