Nov 22, 2014

Of Lost Livelihoods and an Uncertain Future


Like any other youngster from his village, Bimal Rawat  too waited eagerly for pilgrims on their way to Kedarnath.  Day in and day out his job was ferrying pilgrims on his mule to this sacred place. This was Bimal’s only source of livelihood.

Everything changed for Bimal on 14 June as devastating floods took away everything he had—his house, his two mules, all his other belongings and his uncle and three others who worked with him.

Left alone to fend for his aunt and her two children, Bimal still has not come to grips with both the tragedy and what the uncertain future holds for him.

Recounting his story at an Oxfam relief distribution camp in Tiwari village in Ukhimoth block in Guptkashi  Bimal said, “We have not yet been able to trace my uncle's body. I am now the only surviving bread earner in my house.”

Bimal was one of the recipients of the  emergency shelter and NFI kit distributed by Oxfam and the JVS team. Of the 127 households in the village 81 have received the kit.  The rest of the households too will be covered by Oxfam.

In all Oxfam has supported more than 1,033 households (approximately 6,200 people) in Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts. Oxfam’s ongoing response includes food packets, emergency shelter items (tarpaulins, ground sheets, blankets) and non-food items (hygiene kits).

Till 14 July, the Oxfam team had distributed food ration packets to 583 households and supported 62 families  with emergency shelter items and non-food item kits in Rudraprayag district. In Uttarkashi, Oxfam has provided 328 households with food ration aid and 60 families with NFI kits (tarpaulins, ground sheets, blankets, hygiene kits).

Priority areas

  • Providing emergency relief (food aid, water and sanitation)
  • Providing public health support and emergency shelters
  • Primary focus on vulnerable groups and families.
  • Emergency livelihood and income support to flood affected communities


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