Jul 6, 2017

Oxfam India launches response to Assam floods

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Oxfam India launches response to Assam floods

NEW DELHI, JULY 6. Following a rapid assessment in the seven flood affected districts -- Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath and Karimganj of Assam, Oxfam India has decided to respond. Oxfam India will be providing immediate humanitarian assistance in the two worst affected districts of Lakhimpur and Karimganj.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report, the worst affected is Karimganj, where over 1.80 lakh people have been affected followed by Lakhimpur with more than 81,000 people in need of assistance.

Oxfam India has decided to respond with water, sanitation and public health, emergency food security and temporary shelter support.

''The flood affected areas in Assam are poverty pockets and most vulnerable to natural and manmade hazards. The affected people could further be pushed into poverty if immediate relief is not provided.  Currently, there are few agencies responding to this crisis. The coming 30 days are crucial as heavy rainfall continues,” said Oxfam India Chief Executive Officer Nisha Agrawal.

The Karimganj district authorities are running 66 relief camps where 14,536 people have taken shelter while 46 relief distribution points have been set up to distribute materials to the flood affected population.

Torrential rains have trigged flash floods in Manipur. The administration has declared state calamity and Imphal East, Imphal West, Lawngtlai and Bishnupur are the worst affected districts in the state.  Oxfam India is assessing the situation in the state to provide assistance. 

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For media queries please contact Media Coordinator, Himanshi Matta, himanshi@oxfamindia.org, 8860182310

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