Emergency Aid Rushed to Flooded Assam, India

Thousands of people across Assam, India are dealing with flooding brought on by incessant rainfall that began in late June. In some areas, rivers continue to rise above danger levels, according to CRS staff reports.

In response, Catholic Relief Services and our local partners are currently assisting 600 families with water purifying tablets, hygiene kits and information on healthy sanitation practices. Food, potable water and medical attention are among the immediate needs of residents, according to CRS staff.

CRS and our partner, the Rural Volunteer Center (RVC), are conducting needs assessments in affected areas. Out of 10 districts experiencing flooding, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Jorhat are described as being the worst-hit. Villages there remain flooded and there is concern that houses will start to collapse as water levels recede. Some residents have decided to stay in their homes, while other families have settled in temporary shelters.

Assam, a northeastern state within India, experiences dangerous monsoon rains nearly every year. Since 2003, CRS has been working in Assam as well as Orissa and West Bengal to create disaster preparedness task forces that are trained to respond before, during and after a disaster. As part of a 2008 flood recovery project, CRS helped construct elevated water pumps and toilets that are proving to work well during the current flood crisis.

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