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Assam floods

In July 2012 some 2.4 million people were affected by the worst floods in 10 years in India's Assam state. A second wave of flooding in September 2012 caused renewed displacement.

Oxfam is responding with water, sanitation, public health, shelter and emergency food security support following a rapid assessment in some of the flood affected villages in Morigaon, Sonitpur and Nowgaon districts. 

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The situation

In July 2012 some 2.4 million people were badly affected by severe flooding in Assam. In September further flooding forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes.

The flood affected areas in Assam were poverty pockets and are most vulnerable to risks of disaster. Though Morigaon district is annually hit by floods, the July floods were reported to be the worst in the last 10 years. Low levels of preparedness also meant that the impact of the floods was very severe in areas such as Sonitpur district.

Villages in some areas were so badly damaged that people were unable to return to their homes and have been forced to take shelter in government supported internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.

Oxfam is providing vital emergency support to around 39,000 people worst affected by the flooding. Our work includes the provision of clean water and sanitation facilities to help prevent the spread of disease. We're also planning to provide shelter repair assistance to those that have lost their homes and are developing projects to help those who have lost their means of making a living find ways of accessing food and an income. This has included initiating special cash transfer projects.

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