Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Oxfam assesses Ladakh flood disaster, seeks help

Thaindian via IANS: Shortage of shelter has emerged as the biggest cause of worry for the survivors of flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region earlier this month, according to a report prepared by NGO Oxfam India. The other areas of concern are potable water, health and hygiene and bathing cubicles, an official of the NGO said Tuesday.

“With winter fast approaching, shelter options need to be worked out for the survivors while keeping in mind the fact that normal tarpaulin sheets will not help them tide over the winter chill. We appeal to all of you to support us in this process,” said Nisha Agrawal, CEO, Oxfam India.

…Zubin Zaman, humanitarian response manager, Oxfam India, said that in order to solve the problem of drinking water, the voluntary group has installed a water purifier system to provide safe drinking water and meet the shortfall.

Another major area of concern is the damaged irrigation canals that feed 90 percent of the agricultural field in the villages. Without these, the people would struggle to earn a livelihood and this would increase food insecurity, Zaman said….

The Doda River in Ladakh, shot by hamon jp, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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