Assam Flood Relief, 2011

The incessant rainfall in the plains and Arunachal hills flooded Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, and other districts ofAssam. The flood wave inflicted damages to shelters, livestock, agriculture, cutting roads and rail links, communication and transportation. Vast areas were totally submerged, thousands of people were rendered homeless and were even severely injured causing potential vulnerabilities to children, women, pregnant women and marginalized communities.

NEICORD’s partner church conducted a rapid need assessment within the first week of flood struck and identified severely affected areas in Nowboicha Block of Lakhimpur district and the Bordoloni Block of Dhemaji district of Assam. The worst affected families were selected for relief intervention covering 3000 households. The relief materials include Food and Non-Food items such as Pulse, Vegetable oil, Mosquito net, Mosquito repellent, Rice, Dettol soaps, Salt. NEICORD also concentrated on health issues to prevent the flood victims from Malaria and other water borne diseases. Due to the intervention there was less prevalence of water borne diseases.

NEICORD had coordinated the whole program with the support of the Partner Churches, District Administration, Communities and Volunteers. We are ever so grateful to Tearfund UK and TEAR Australia for their care and support. May they be richly blessed!

Case study

YOU COME AND PROTECTED US FROM MALARIA

Mrs Lezar Horo (58) of Dekhajuali village is a mother of 3 children. The eldest son is studying class II and the other two children do not go to school. She earned by collecting fire wood from the forest which she sells in the market. Her husband is a cultivator.

Lezar lost everything her family had in the floods, including the paddy. Her husband hard labour for a year in vain. “The strong flood flash our home in the morning around 3 am, and my husband carried 2 children and I carried the youngest, it was a nightmare, we had to run for life’ said Lezar. I was much worried about life and so many thoughts came to my mind since the flood continued Lezar.

Lezar though worried about the future, appreciated NEICORD for the relief kit she received. ‘Mosquito net and repellent will protect us mosquitoes and insect bite while sleeping, NEICORD came and provided us the immediate needs, our life is already in danger for sleeping without protection from mosquito net’ said Lezar

‘Had people like you not come, our condition would have been worse’ shared Lezar.