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Sphere India Unified Response Strategy: Situation Report n°1

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According to the Indian Metereological Department (IMD), the Southwest Monsoon has completed its advance through the entire country. Heavy rains accompanying the arrival of the monsoon have resulted in flooding across parts of northern, eastern and southern India. The states affected by flooding include Assam, Haryana, Punjab and Kerala. The following is a summary of the current situation prevailing across some of these states:

HARYANA:

- Breaches in the Ghaggar and Tangri rivers - tributaries of the Yamuna, as well as the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal have resulted in flooding in three districts - Ambala, Kurukshetra and Kaithal. A fresh breach in the SYL canal was reported on 8th July near Udarhi in Kurukshetra.

- The News Service Division of All India Radio (AIR) has reported seven deaths from Ambala district in flood related incidents.

- Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprising 339 personnel have been deployed to assist in rescue operations in the state.

- According to information from the Govt. of Haryana, food packets, water and medicines were being provided by the district administration in the affected areas. In addition, teams of medical doctors and veterinary surgeons have also been deputed by the state government.

- Two Army Columns have been deployed in Jyotisar (Kurukshetra) and two Army Columns in Devinagar (Ambala) from 7th July 2010, to assist in flood relief and in repairing the breach in the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal.

- Rail traffic between Delhi and Ambala which had been disrupted for the last three days has now been restored.

- The Govt. of Haryana has launched a Helpline for the affected district of Ambala (0171-2530401). In addition, the residence of the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala (0171-2552200, 2552201) can also be contacted for assistance.

HIMACHAL PRADESH:

- All India Radio (AIR) reports that, major rivers in the state - the Beas, Sutlej and Ravi, are in

spate and the Govt. has put the districts of Shimla, Kullu, Mandi and Kinnaur on high alert.

PUNJAB:

- The districts of Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar, Sahizada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana and Patiala have been affected.

- According to AIR, 108 villages in the district of Patiala, 115 villages in the district of Ludhiana (including between 20-25,000 acres of standing crop) and 115 villages in the district of Fatehgarh Sahib have been affected by flooding.

- Four teams of the NDRF comprising 167 personnel have been deployed at Patiala and Sangrur for rescue operations.

- One Army Column has been deployed in Patiala district from the 8th of July 2010.

- The Central Control Room of the Govt. of Punjab can be contacted on 0175-2361118 for assistance related to the floods.

FORECAST:

According to the IMD, scattered rain and thundershowers would occur over Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in the next three days.

SOURCES:

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), http://imd.gov.in/section/nhac/dynamic/allindia_main.htm

Ministry of Home Affairs (Disaster Management Division), Govt. of India, SITREP NO -38/2010, 8th July 2010, http://ndmindia.nic.in/flood-2010/floodsJuly.htm

The News Service Division, All India Radio (AIR), http://newsonair.nic.in/news.asp?cat=state&id=ST2763

SITREP PREPARED BY:

Viren Falcao: Sphere Coordinator - IAGs, Phone 9999855762, viren@sphereindia.org.in

Vikas Gora: Focal Point Inter Agency, Coordination and URS, Phone 9958699913, vikas@sphereindia.org.in