India - Heavy flooding threatens school attendance for over 1000 children

Photo credit: Peoples Action for Development / AEA 

The state of Assam, located in India's north-east, is currently in the grip of major floods. The districts of Lakhimpur and Biswanath, where Aide et Action has projects, are affected: more than 6,000 people, including more than 1,000 children, are currently affected. Our teams are currently assessing the situation in these areas of intervention in order to deploy emergency aid.

Heavy rains in India and Nepal since the beginning of July have caused severe flooding in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. The Brahmaputra and Barak rivers and their tributaries have finally reached critical levels and many villages in the 30 districts - out of 33 in the area - are now flooded.

Floods threaten our projects on site

The districts of Lakhimpur and Biswanath, where Aide et Action has projects dedicated to access and quality of education, are also affected by this natural disaster. Our teams on the spot are testifying: "The situation in the Nowboicha and Bihpuria areas of Lakhimpur district is critical. The rivers have overflowed, around twenty villages are still flooded and we fear, with the persistence of the rains, that the Ranganadi dam may break, which would obviously have dramatic consequences (...) The same picture is emerging in the Biswanath district where we are also intervening: wells and pumps have been submerged and damaged and the inhabitants are now finding it difficult to have access to uncontaminated drinking water. The fodder has been destroyed and the cattle can no longer be fed. In total, in the two districts, it is estimated that nearly 1,200 households, 6,200 people, including more than 1,100 children usually involved in our activities, are affected and in a situation of extreme destitution and vulnerability (...) Livelihoods are compromised, roads are cut off and emergency aid is struggling to reach the area.

Aide et Action is preparing to provide emergency aid

Aide et Action is currently assessing the situation and the needs in order to rapidly deploy a response to the emergency needs, especially in terms of access to drinking water, food and shelter; setting up centres for women and children to be accommodated in safe spaces and to benefit from psychosocial support; providing hygiene kits and mosquito nets; and monitoring possible health and epidemic risks.

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