Last updated on September 25, 2016
Large-scale flooding in the last week of July has brought about tremendous devastation in numerous parts of Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. 18 districts are impacted in Assam, 24 districts in Bihar and 28 districts in Uttar Pradesh. There has been MASSIVE damage and loss of life and property. Repeated flooding in the recent weeks has only added to the woes of the people. It has increased the impacted numbers (480 deaths reported so far) and also the critical needs for children and communities.
It’s going to be mammoth task for lakhs of children and their families to bring back normalcy to their lives and you can lend your helping hand in that process.
Floods have wreaked havoc on the lives of children, who are the worst hit and struggle to cope with the loss of homes, books, belongings, and even loved ones in some cases. There is an acute shortage of drinking water, food, milk, baby food and medicines. Fear of spread of water-borne diseases (due to contaminated water all around) looms large and children's safety and security are also compromised.
Overview of Save the Children’s Response
Save the Children’s target is to provide comprehensive relief to 11,000 worst-affected households, breakup of which is as under:
Bihar – 5,000 households
Assam – 5,000 households
Uttar Pradesh – 1,000 households
We have already begun our relief operations and in order to meet our target of providing immediate relief and early recovery material to 11,000 households, we intend to raise a sum of $3.19 mn. Immediate relief comprises Water, Food, Non-Food Items (Tarpaulins, Hygiene kits, Floor mats, etc.) as well as other much needed items for the affected children and communities based on progressive assessments. There will be a special focus on households with children aged 0-5 years, pregnant women, lactating mothers and elderly people.
In order to help the affected children move past the trauma of floods, we will be setting up Child Friendly Spaces (7 are already functional). Temporary Learning Centres will also be set up so that educational continuity of the affected children is maintained.This is in addition to the livelihood support to be provided to these households.
Relief distribution underway in a camp set up by Save the Children in Dhemaji (one of the worst-affected districts in Assam)
We have also started setting up Child Friendly Spaces where our facilities are providing support and relaxation to traumatized children, keeping them away from the harms of floods.
Save the Children's Child Friendly Space comes up in Harijan Tola village in Katihar district (one of the worst-affected districts in Assam) of Bihar.
It’s a terrible ordeal for lakhs of children and families hit by floods. We are standing by them but we need your support to provide them releif. Every bit of support counts in helping them move past the effects of this tragedy. With your support, we can help them bring back normalcy into their lives. Please donate generously. Your support can save and change lives.
YOUR CRUCIAL SUPPORT CAN SAVE LIVES