As per government record, 24 districts are affected due to the current flood. Among these districts Bahraich, Shrawasti, Gonda, Balrampur and Mahrajganj are severely affected. Most of the severely affected districts are situated at Indo-Nepal Border; due to its geographical location. The major reason for floods in these districts is over flowing of water from the major river such as Ghaghra, Sharda, Gandak and Rapti.
District Maharajganj is one of the worst affected districts among all. ActionAid conducted a rapid needs assessment from 17-21th August 2017 in the worst affected villages of Maharajganj district. 84,559 people from 262 villages are severely affected, four people have lost their life, and 14442 hectare of land has been washed away in which 12,024 hectare land is agricultural. 586 kachcha houses are partially demolished and 458 huts are completely demolished.
Response of the Govt
In Uttar Pradesh, the government has started to evacuate affected peoples, and to put them at safer places, 59,262 people have taken shelter in 341 shelters, 109938 people have been evacuated to safer places, 28 NDRF battalion, 29 PAC flood battalion, 3 Air-force team and 286 medical team have been deployed for flood relief and response works, 90 community kitchen have been organized by the government. In addition, 20824 quintal wheat flour, 322 quintal Gud, 26601 quintal Rice, 4767 quintal Pulses, 1889 quintal Salt, 20755 quintal Potato, 230074 packet Match box, 300633 meter Taurpoline, 1644715 lunch packet, 177653 Lai-chana packet, 1377535 Brad and Biscuit, 539503 water packet (pouch), 2665043 chlorine tablet, 198511 ORS Packet, 496541 Kerosene Oil and 364 lakh have been distributed among the flood affected people.
(As of September 15)
ActionAid along with partners have designed an emergency response to cater the immediate needs of most vulnerable communities particularly, Dalits, Tribal, Minorities and Women, PwDs, Old Aged and Children. The needs assessment conducted by ActionAid and Partners and local NGOs reveals that there is huge gap in existing govt response especially in WASH, shelter and NFI and FI distribution and hence there is desperate need of dry ration support, emergency shelter, hygiene items, safe and clean drinking water, Non-food items and food items.
- ActionAid along with Inter Agency Group organized a meeting with the Relief Commissioner cum Principal Secretary Revenue (Mr Rajneesh Dube) and shared the findings of the joint rapid needs assessment and gaps on the ground and what sectors govt should prioritize the relief operation. We requested him to coordinate with the agencies working on the ground and write to all district collectors to organize meetings of various departments in the worst affected districts so that better coordination mechanism and convergence among various departments is established at district level.
- ActionAid and partner (Musahar Seva Sansthan) submitted a memorandum of demands to the District Collector, Sub Division Officer and Tehsildar to provide immediate support to flood affected communities. As a result of this, food grains have been distributed to 750 families of 9 villages in worst affected communities and 2 community kitchens were started with the support of Musahar Manch and PDS owner.
- Chlorination and fogging has been done in all worst affected villages. Chlorine tablets and bleaching power has also been distributed in the all the villages of Maharajagnj district.
- What are the relief requirements?
ActionAid has started relief support to most vulnerable families through internal funds but many of the worst affected areas are still left out. We seek support on the following
|| Dry ration
|Tarpaulin sheets of standard size for tents/temporary shelter
|Four bamboo poles
|Ropes (2 kilo coil)
|Plastic sheet (5 by 6) for covering wet floors
|Support for reconstruction of permanent houses.
||Hygiene kits, water filter,
||Kitchen utensils and mosquito nets
||Seeds and livelihood support to most vulnerable families
||Coordination with NGOs and various govt departments