OXFAM to provide relief in Chennai and Cuddalore
Outbreak of diarrhoea is a major concern
Priority is to provide basic facilities like – food, water, shelter & sanitation materials
New Delhi, December 3rd ,2015: Oxfam is sending its teams to the flood affected areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and their initial humanitarian support will reach almost 5000 homes in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvalu District of Tamil Nadu, along with Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.
Oxfam identifies water and sanitation as the immediate need and water tankers are being arranged for supplies in Chennai. Other relief items will include washing and bathing soap, water purifying tablets, water containers, ORS, mosquito net and sanitary kits to the affected population.
The teams will be deployed across two locations namely Chennai and Cuddalore. They will be working in co-ordination with local partners and other NGOs.
“Drainage and sewage system break down in such situations and an outbreak of water borne diseases is the looming concern. Apart from providing clean drinking water, once the rain stops, the biggest challenge will be cleaning of debris, de-silting and setting up emergency sanitation facilities,” said Zubin Zaman, Deputy Director, Humanitarian and DRR, Oxfam India.
Oxfam India’s Chief Executive, Nisha Agrawal said, “Oxfam’s team have been assessing the situation closely for the last one month, but the rain in the last 48 hours has surpassed the capacity of local infrastructure and we all have to step in. The actual work will begin once the rain stops, Oxfam will be stationed in Tamil Nadu for the next 6 months.”
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Oxfam India works towards creating an equal, just and sustainable society by empowering the underprivileged. We work in partnership with 115 NGOs at grassroot-level to address core causes of poverty and injustice.
Oxfam India’s programmes are currently active in the seven focus states of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Our humanitarian teams respond to natural disasters, such as floods in Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Odisha and Assam, with long term rehabilitation interventions. We also extended humanitarian support to survivors of the communal conflict at Muzaffarnagar.
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