UNICEF India Humanitarian Situation Report (Assam, Floods): 08 July 2022 – India

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Strong points

  • The second wave of flooding in Assam which started on June 14 has improved significantly. As of July 7, 0.91 million people including 0.23 million children and 0.32 million women in 707 villages in 14/35 districts are affected. One hundred eighty-six lives lost and 37 people missing.

  • There are 207 flood relief camps operating with 91,594 people including 27,938 children, 156 pregnant/lactating women and 4 people with disabilities. Additionally, 39 relief distribution centers are providing people with essential relief supplies. According to initial estimates, 18,262 houses were fully damaged and 121,731 were partially damaged as of July 7, 2022.

  • UNICEF is extending its technical support to the respective government departments on response and early recovery actions through existing human resources and partners.

  • UNICEF will deploy five technical experts to Cachar, Dima Hasao, Lakhimpur, Bajali and Barpeta for three months to support District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMA) to facilitate NGO-GO coordination and social sector recovery from of July 15.

  • UNICEF partner Oxfam India has so far completed the distribution of 1,009 household hygiene kits and water filtration units in Cachar and Hojai districts, constructed 14 temporary toilets and carried out activities promotion program reaching 31,315 people. Four water treatment units mounted on boats supported by UNCEF operate in Cachar.

  • UNICEF has partnered with Caritas India to scale up the WASH response in Nagaon and Barpeta districts. Support will include water treatment units, hygiene kits, home water filtration kits, point source disinfection and temporary toilets.

  • UNICEF partner, Deshabandu Club, supports the Cachar DDMA in relief camp management and inter-agency coordination through the district inter-agency group, Cachar.

  • UNICEF partner Save the Children has agreed to support school continuity, mental health and psychosocial support in four districts of Assam (Dima Hasao, Cachar, Hojai and Nalbari).

  • UNICEF partner Rural Volunteer Center conducted block-level training of frontline workers, supporting continuity of Village Sanitation Health Day (VHSND), supporting DDMAs in implementing operating child friendly spaces in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Majuli.

Situation in figures

230,491 children affected by the floods

(Source: Daily SitRep, FRIMS, ASDMA of July 07, 2022)

906,000 people affected by floods in 707 villages in 14 districts

(Source: Daily SitRep, FRIMS, ASDMA of July 07, 2022)

27,938 children in 207 relief camps in 11 districts

(Source: Daily SitRep, FRIMS, ASDMA of July 07, 2022)

305,565 people in 207 relief camps in 11 districts

(Source: Daily SitRep, FRIMS, ASDMA of July 07, 2022)

186 dead and 37 missing

18,262 houses fully damaged

121,731 houses partially damaged

Overview of the situation and humanitarian needs

With the overall reduction in rainfall, the 2nd wave of flooding in Assam which started on June 14 has improved significantly. As of July 7, 0.91 million people including 0.23 million children and 0.32 million women in 707 villages in 14/35 districts are affected1. One hundred and eighty-six lives were lost and 37 people were missing. According to media citing data consistent with the State of Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 63 child deaths from floods (drownings) have been reported since May 14, the majority of fatalities reported in Cachar and Nagaon districts.

There are 207 flood relief camps operating with 91,594 people, including 27,938 children, 156 pregnant/lactating women and 4 people with disabilities. Additionally, 39 relief distribution centers are providing people with essential relief supplies. According to initial estimates, 18,262 houses were fully damaged and 121,731 were partially damaged as of July 7, 2022.

The Government of India has released INR 3244 million to the State of Assam to complement ongoing response and recovery actions as well as preparedness for possible floods in the coming months.

Public health measures including disinfection, chlorination of water sources, minor repair of point sources, piped water supply systems and restoration of road communication are also underway.

Flood damage assessments by government agencies are ongoing. The compensation process has also been initiated in districts where the situation has improved. Many parts of Cachar, especially the town of Silchar, are still under water.

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