A struggle for survival: Assam Floods

A struggle for survival: Assam Floods

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.

Also read Aarati's journey

Humanitarian Response and DRR

Oxfam India saves lives by building the resilience of communities to disasters and conflict

Read More

Related Blogs

Blogs

Stories that inspire us

Humanitarian Response and DRR

09 Dec, 2019

Uttar Pradesh

Rapid Needs Assessment in Uttar Pradesh

Context and Background Unprecedented Floods in the state of Uttar Pradesh during the late monsoon season this year has impacted many lives and livelihoods. Among the most affected ...

Humanitarian Response and DRR

14 Oct, 2019

Bihar

Youth spearhead the #CleanPatnaDrive in Bihar

Oxfam India has begun response in Patna, which is reeling under the aftermath of floods. Almost 100 people have lost their lives and over 20 lakh are affected. Diseases have taken a...

Humanitarian Response and DRR

20 Aug, 2019

New Delhi

Oxfam India’s Response to Natural Disasters

Oxfam and later Oxfam India has spearheaded humanitarian responses in India for many decades now. Between 2008 (when Oxfam India became an independent affiliate) to 2019, Oxfam Ind...

Humanitarian Response and DRR

19 Aug, 2019

New Delhi

Celebrating Women Humanitarians | World Humanitarian Day 2019

World Humanitarian Day is observed every year on 19 August to acknowledge the work of humanitarian workers and to rally support for those affected by crisis around the world. The 20...

img Become an Oxfam Supporter, Sign Up Today One of the most trusted non-profit organisations in India