The Public Health Engineering Department in Jammu...

September 17

Oxfam has begun the distribution of food rations in the flood-affected regions of Jammu. After making detailed assessment of the situation, our team on the ground will be providing food rations as the first emergency response to the situation.

The food products include, rice, wheat flour, salt and oil. We are also planning to provide cash transfer to the affected people as several parts of the flood-ravaged state are still cut-off.

Oxfam is also providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

As part of our WASH support, two water filters were installed at a relief camp in Rainawari area of Srinagar. The camp shelters around 2000 people. Chlorine tablets were also distributed at various camps in the city.

Our team also chlorinated two water tanks of 60,000 litre capacity at Bone and Joint Hospital in Barzulla, Srinagar and repaired an RO water purifying system at the hospital.

“The Public Health Engineering department in Jammu has also requested Oxfam to assist with their expertise and water purifying equipment.”

Update from Srinagar:

Several parts of the city are in immediate need of water, food, cooking gas, solar lights, blankets and medicines. These areas are: Kursu Rajbagh, Mansoor Colony and Boat Colony in Bemina. The state capital is also facing a cooking gas crisis.

In Qamarwari and Bemina regions of Srinagar, people are complaining of nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, because of the stink from the dead livestock in the flood waters. Cases of skin diseases have also been reported.

Our response:

We will initially reach out to 5000 households (28,500 people) with a targeted mix of urban and rural geography. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and if after a detailed assessment, the need to broaden our relief net arrives, we will increase it to 10,000 households (57,000 people).

Our initial target:

  • 3000 households in Kashmir
  • 2000 households in Jammu