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Aug 14, 2017

A struggle for survival: Assam Floods

Oxfam India

Incessant floods in Assam left lakhs of people homeless. Every day is a struggle. They have no access to food, clean water or sanitation facilities.

Oxfam India is rigorously working with flood-affected communities and have assisted thousands of households with dry food materials, hygiene kits, and shelter kits to help survivors meet basic necessities. Oxfam India is now helping families to recover from this disaster and live sustainable lives.  

Survivors share their stories and one day hopes to lead a normal life again.

“We lost everything and now we don’t know by when we can live the life we had." - Gunedhar

Gunedhar a father of four children witnessed the floods wash away his house, farm animals and destroy his agricultural produce. They had no food, shelter or clean water to drink. Due to donations from individuals like you, Gunedhar's family was provided with Oxfam's hygiene and shelter kits. They now live in a temporary shelter with no source of income to meet their ends. Thousands of families like Gunedhar are struggling to recover from their lose.

"We found help when we needed the most and hope that help will come to build our lives again." - Renu

As the water flooded Renu's house, she fled with her family in search of a safer ground. They were forced to defecate in the open and use flood water for drinking and cooking. Renu was scared that her family like other's in her village will soon fall severely ill. Individuals like you enabled Oxfam to distribute relief kits and helped in controlling the outbreak of diseases. Renu has found hope again with the immediate aid she received. Many like Renu believe that they will be able to lead healthier lives but this can only be possible if continued support is provided to them.

"We survived because of Oxfam's kits but for how long will we live like this?" - Numolia

Numolia is leading a life of crisis. The floods destroyed everything he owned. People like you helped Numolia's family receive immediate assistance. They sheltered themselves with Oxfam kit materials like using tarpaulin as the roof and ground sheet as a carpet. The Oxfam bucket helps them contain and purify water. They have survived the floods but what now? Numolia is uncertain about his family’s future and so are lakhs of people in Assam.

When individuals like you support, families and communities become stronger. Your regular contribution can help them get back on their feet and enable them to build their homes and sanitation facilities like toilets and water pumps.

Click here to help them become more resilient so they can lead better lives. 

Also read Aarati's journey

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