Updates from Srinagar

12th September 2014

Oxfam India’s humanitarian team is on the ground in Srinagar city with the relief material needed to provide WASH support to the people, following the devastation caused by the Jammu and #Kashmirfloods.

Our team will be targeting a mix of rural and urban areas, both in the Jammu and Kashmir regions to provide relief. Major focus will be given to the Kashmir region, as it has suffered a major brunt of the floods.

Since there are humanitarian needs in terms of water and other items in Srinagar, a small team of @OxfamIndia will be working in the city to support the interventions. Meanwhile, we continue to assess the situation in accessible areas of south Kashmir and will soon identify the households that need our support.

Our initial targets are:

  • 3000 households in Kashmir region
  • 2000 households in Jammu region

In Jammu, our teams have initiated the distribution of dry ration in the affected villages of Akhnur region.

The arrival of relief material to support our WASH work has given a big boost to our team in Srinagar. Market services can only be accessed in the area of Hyderpora in Srinagar.

Urgent concerns:

  • Severe shortage of fuel
  • Drinking water shortage
  • Acute shortage of cotton and sterilized syringes in all the hospitals
  • Cases of diarrhoea and dysentery have been reported
  • Threat of water borne diseases

Our team will be visiting the accessible camps to assess the gaps in the water and sanitation requirements of the displaced people.

The ground team also plans to visit a site where people do not have access to drinking water. A meeting with government officials has also been arranged.