Preliminary Appeal: Assistance to Flood-Affected in Orissa - IND111

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Geneva, 20 September 2011

Dear colleagues,

Following heavy rains over the last month the Mahanadi and other rivers have wreaked havoc in the state of Orissa submerging more than 2,600 villages spread over 19 districts. The state government is speeding up the relief and rescue operations for 1.1 million affected people as of 12 September 2011.

So far the devastating floods have claimed at least 22 lives, affecting over 2.2 million people in around 4,000 villages spread over 19 districts in the state. Around 80,720 hectors of cultivated land is totally submerged. Food stocks, possessions and livelihoods have been destroyed. Around 160,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas and moved to 275 relief camps. Officials have been directed to undertake field visits to ensure that potable water, road connections, power supplies and other facilities are in place as soon as possible. Officials report that emergency health care services were being provided in the affected areas and around 400 medical relief centres had started operating. About 110 mobile health units have also been deployed. Over 12,000 people have been treated for common ailments, and anti-venom injections have also been made available to deal with snake bites. (Source: Zee News).

ACT India Forum members, Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) and the Lutheran World Service India Trust (LWSIT), operational in the worst flood affected areas in Orissa, are planning to provide relief items comprising the following: food and non-food items (clothes, kitchen utensils, blankets, mosquito nets) and temporary shelter (plastic sheeting / tarpaulins) along with livelihood support (seeds), water and sanitation (water purifying tablets) and fodder for livestock.

Project Start/Completion Date:

CASA - September to 31 December 2011
LWSIT - September to 31 January 2012