Oxfam strengthens its relief operations following floods in India

Posted by Jonaid Jilani Press Officer

28th Jun 2013

NEW DELHI, JUNE 27. Buoyed by fresh hopes of a let-up in rains which has been hampering relief work in Uttarakhand, Oxfam strengthened its operations in Uttarakhand by providing food and blankets to people in Guptkashi, Rudraprayag district through two of its local partners, Jan Vikas Sansthan (JVS) and Himalayan Paryavaran Shiksha Sansthan (HPSS). 

Oxfam's team is based and operating from Chirbatiya. It plans to provide fleece blankets as well as food to approximately 8,000  men, women and children. Oxfam has already helped 510 families from 11 villages with food and water as well as 213 pilgrim families in 41 villages. The aid agency has also set up a Medical camp in Sunprayag where 400 cases of Diarrhea were reported. 

Zubin Zaman, Humanitarian Response Manager, Oxfam India said, "We have distributed ready to eat food to 1200 people including pilgrims. This includes providing bottled drinking water and packets of dry food. Tarpaulins,  blankets,  foam sheets, hygiene kits, solar lamps and additional food aid for 8100 people are being procured and being sent to Dehradun",

Rains earlier this week had resulted in Government search and rescue operations becoming suspended for a while, and road communications to Rudraprayag were also blocked. 

According to the latest media reports, this disaster has claimed 5000 lives. The number of people stranded is over 20,000 and thousands are still missing. An estimated 75,000 people have been rescued by the defence forces. Oxfam's local partners have estimated that over 400 villages across Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Tehri regions have been affected, washed off or submerged.

"Oxfam India's approach would be to assist the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) with provisions for the people stranded in Uttarkhand and who need emergency assistance. We are also looking at taking coordinating support from NDMA and Indian Air Force to airlift the materials to the affected areas, since there is no way to access any of the affected districts by road,'' added Zubin.

To donate money to help those affected by the floods please go to http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what-we-do/emergency-response/india-floods

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For more information, please contact Jonaid Jilani on 01865 472 193 or 07810 181 514 or jjilani@oxfam.org.uk

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