TWO AREAS OF India have been severely hit by flooding – and Islamic Relief has been able to offer emergency aid, thanks to the generosity of donors. Hundreds of people have lost their lives. In both Assam and Bihar, overflowing rivers have submerged vast tracts of land, leaving millions of people needing emergency shelter and safe drinking water. Here’s how Islamic Relief has helped in the two provinces.
The Assam region has experienced heavy rainfall since May this year. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes, and roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure have been destroyed or washed away.
The situation is critical. Currently, 28,937 people are taking shelter in 123 relief camps. With monsoon rainfall set to continue in coming weeks, Islamic Relief UK remains committed to supporting relief efforts.
Temporary shelter kits are being provided to 440 of the most vulnerable households.
Islamic Relief teams on the ground will also focus on ensuring affected communities have access to clean water, as well as providing hygiene kits for over 1,500 households.
Heavy rainfall in north-eastern India and neighbouring Nepal during 14-17th August triggered flash floods in parts of Bihar. Islamic Relief teams on the ground have reported that many people have been killed, but more rain is forecast and the situation is expected to deteriorate.
Several districts have been submerged by overflowing rivers, affecting at least two million people. Over 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.
As part of the emergency response, Islamic Relief proposes to install water treatment plants, which will have the capacity to produce 1,000 litres of clean, safe drinking water per hour. Teams on the ground will also support the immediate humanitarian needs of people affected by the flooding in the Katihar District, providing water filters, hygiene kits and emergency shelter kits.
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