Heavy rains which struck Jammu and Kashmir in the northern India in September 3, 2014, caused a massive flood in the area. As of September 25, 700,000 people have been affected, more than 300 people died, 550,000 people displaced, and hundreds people missing. There is a high risk of waterborne diseases outbreak associated with an outflow of animal carcasses and debris of buildings. The lack of toilets make female populations, especially young women, vulnerable, and the lack of appropriate medical service is a severe problem for pregnant women. Oxfam intends to provide a support with a budget of USD 2.5million, but only 40 percent of the amount is funded so far.
Situation on the ground- As of September 25th, 700,000 people have been affected, more than 300 people died, 550,000 people displaced, and hundreds people missing.
- There is a high risk of diseases associated with an outflow of animal carcasses and debris of buildings. Illness has already been reported from the medical camps. Problems associated with safety and sanitary issues are especially notable among young women. The lack of appropriate medical service is also a serious issue for pregnant women.
- With winter coming on its way, people who have lost their houses are in an immediate need of shelters such as tents. Even when residents are allowed to return to the area, their houses have been under the water for more than two weeks and they would immediately need of winter clothes, blankets, hygiene items (soaps, detergents, buckets, etc), ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution), solar lamps, winter tents. Also, displaced children do not have books and clothes, and it is a great concern that such problems affect their education.
- Food insecurity in a next few months is imminent. The agricultural fields have been damaged and farm animals killed by the flood, which makes it difficult for farmers to re-cultivate these fields.
Activities employed by Oxfam to date (as of September 25th)- Oxfam has distributed hygiene kits to 10,000 households, constructed shelters, installed community toilets, provided drinking water, in order to create a healthy and clean environment for people.
- In the Kashmir region, Oxfam has chlorinated 49 water pumps to supply safe water. It provides support by installing toilets and conducting water testing.
- In Srinagar, Oxfam has installed water filters and water tanks, which supplies safe drinking water to 2,400 households.
- In the areas around Srinagar, Oxfam provides 140,000 chlorine tablets. It has also chlorinated 60,000-litter water tank, while coordinating with a municipality to clean up the debris and animal carcass in the residential areas.
- The goal is to provide the most vulnerable 11,400 people with the cash which allows them the access to foods.
How to donate
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＊Please select "Jammu & Kashmir Floods Appeal" from the list.
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(Account Number: 00140-6-53804, Account Holder: Oxfam Japan,
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