23 out of 27 districts have been affected by these devastating floods. At least 6 villages are completely submerged under water, with an affected population of over 18 lakh. Rising water of the Brahmaputra has not just impacted the everyday needs of people, including bare necessities like food, clothing and shelter, it has also affected a large number of farm animals and poultry birds.
As the flood-waters in Assam begins to recede, there seems to be a ray of light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon.
Courtesy: Oxfam India
If you wish to help the situation in some way, here are 2 effective ways in which you could be a rescue champion:
Rapid Response, a Chennai based NGO actively involved in disaster management has identified three major issues that need immediate addressing in the flood affected area – relief kits, medical kits and medical camp. They have started a fundraiser for the same on Ketto, where you can support by donating.
Another one of India’s pioneering NGOs in grass-root social engagement – Oxfam India has started a fundraiser on Ketto to help victims. Oxfam is providing key relief items like safe drinking water, emergency shelter material, medical aid and hygiene facilities.
Their cause is based on extensive in-ground assessment of the situation that they have been doing since the past 3 days. Donate to their fundraiser so nothing stops help from reaching the ones who really need it. Remember, every donation counts, so even if it’s a small amount, go ahead and contribute.
All fundraisers started by individuals and NGOs for Assam Floods can be found here.
A detailed needs assessment report by IGSSS cites food items like rice & dal, plastic sleeping mats, hygiene kit washing (buckets with lids, bath soaps, washing soaps, disinfection liquids, sanitary napkins), package drinking water, tarpaulin, mosquito nets and candles as urgent items that need to reach the affected families ASAP.
If you are in and around the area, you can share whatever you can by getting in touch with either of the governmental or non-governmental contacts mentioned below:
- David Kujur: Inter Agency Group: +91-7399016122: collaborating with all organisations working on ground;
- Kaplianlal Thangluai: IGSSS (Indo Global Social Service Society): +91-8486355571: distress support in Lower Assam;
- Assam Helpline of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA):0361-2237219
- National Disaster Management Helpline: +91-9868891801
- National Disaster Response Force (NDRF): +91-9711077372
- Jayanta Das : Range Officer: Kaziranga National Park: +91-9435052838
- Satyendra Singh: Field Director: Kaziranga National Park: +91-9435102834
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