Jammu & Kashmir Floods 2014: Our response
In Jammu and Kashmir, lives of thousands of people have been devastated by the worst floods to hit the state.
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Jammu and Kashmir Floods
Latest update from the ground:
- Moderate to heavy rains have disrupted normal life across Kashmir since June 24
- Several villages in South Kashmir were inundated late on Wednesday night (June 24), following which flood alert was sounded by the authorities and people were asked to shift to safer locations. People from villages located in low lying areas in Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama districts have moved from their houses to safer locations. Shopkeepers in these areas are also shifting their merchandise from their shops to safer ground
- Oxfam team visited some of the inundated areas to assess the situation, and check if there are any acute needs
- The heavy downpour has inundated many low-lying areas of Srinagar including Rajbagh, one of the worst-hit places during the September 2014 floods.
- Main roads in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining Regal Chowk were also water-logged as of June 25, 2015
The 2014 Floods:
In Jammu and Kashmir, lives of thousands of people have been devastated by one of the worst floods to hit the state in over 100 years. The death toll after the floods was at 280, and 2.53 lakh houses are damaged in the state.
More than 2500 villages were affected in the floods.
Over 550,000 displaced by the floods are in desperate need of clean water, food and shelter.
Oxfam is on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir and providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) support; along with food and emergency shelters to help people cope with the crisis.
Oxfam’s response since September 2014 has reached 12,387 families in villages & camps in Jammu & Kashmir.
The floods that hit in September 2014, have affected nearly two million people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
More than 300 people have died, and 2.53 lakh houses are damaged in the state.
Seventeen districts were affected by floods, flash floods, landslides and prolonged water logging in Srinagar and North Kashmir.
Worst hit districts are Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Bandipore in Kashmir region, and Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu region.
Over 550,000 people have been displaced and are living in camps. Thousands have lost their crops and livestock. Public service infrastructure has been destroyed. Hospitals, schools, shops and local administrative units have all been severely damaged.
Acute water and sanitation needs emerged during the flood and have impacted water systems in majority of the affected areas.
However, due to the rehabilitation initiatives of the administration and humanitarian agencies acute safe water needs have reduced. Gaps continue to exist in some locations and Oxfam is intervening in these areas to ensure that people have access to safe water and set up a sustained system that can be managed by the community even after Oxfam exits the project site.
What Is Oxfam doing right now to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir
With the timely support of donors like you, Oxfam was able to:
- Give food aid support to 1575 households in Pulwama, Kulgam and Srinagar district
- Complete construction/ rehabilitation of 30 latrines in Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag district
- Provide transitional shelter material to 100 most vulnerable households, who have not received any support from other agencies.
- Support 5000 households with winterised emergency shelter kits in Anantanag district
- Support 1214 children with educational materials
As an immediate response to the floods our priority was to prevent the spread of disease, by providing clean water, toilets and hygiene essentials. This included:
- Distributing more than 10,000 family hygiene kits, so families can stay free of disease. Kits contain soap, detergent, ORS, sanitary support.
- Providing 10,000 family winterised emergency shelter kits which include, blankets, heaters, solar lamps, water filters and supplementary tarpaulin.
- 10,000 water kits, containing a water container, mug, chlorine tablets to treat water at the household level, so families can drink clean, safe water.
- Building or repairing 300 transitional shelters for families whose homes have been totally washed away
- Provide clean water to 57,000 men, women and children displaced and affected by the disaster.
- Installing community toilets, so people can keep healthy and clean
- Setting up bathing and washing platforms for women and adolescent girls.
- Helping the local hospitals and community structures to repair and rehabilitate water systems that are damaged.
Our response is still not over:
- To refill some of the hygiene kit items focusing on women’s personal and menstrual hygiene.
- Educational support is planned for 3000 school children.
- Support 1500 more families with winter clothing based on the need shared by women during assessment.
- Oxfam has started rehabilitation of drinking water facilities in three villages, where people are still struggling to get the drinking water.
- Oxfam is going to support 55 carpet weavers with livelihood inputs to restart their livelihood in Dal lake area.
- Support 200 most affected households with productive livelihood inputs and help them to restart their livelihood.
Track our Jammu & Kashmir Flood response
Our Field Reports:
17th September 2014: Updates from J&K.
16th September 2014: Oxfam in Srinagar.
13th September 2014: Updates from Srinagar.
12th September 2014: Our Assesment on District Rajouri and some updates from Sri Nagar.