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Recovery & Revitalisation For North-East India Flood Victims

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Following incessant rain recently, Assam, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur is witnessed flooding. Several areas of upper Assam and Barak valley are flooded. Difolu River has been overflowing. Water has also covered some stretch of National Highway 37, the highway liking Upper Assam and Guwahati.

Around 700 to 800 metre of the national highway in Lotabari area is submerged. In Karimganj, flood waters have inundated several localities. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has launched rescue operations. Kohora River is over-flowing and flood waters have entered Kaziranga National Park – a UNESCO’s world heritage site.

In Mizoram, rains have triggered landslide in some places. Vehicular movement along the Imphal-Jiribam national highway has been hampered due to this. Flood waters have affected normal life in Imphal East and West.  Floods have affected thousands of people in Tripura. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday visited North Tripura district to take stock of flood situation. Tripura government has set up 76 relief camps across Tripura where around 13,000 people have taken shelter.

Rapid Response, a Disaster Relief NGO has partnered up with Ketto, a crowdfunding platform to raise funds for the flood affected communities in the North East region of India. Aiming to raise Rs. 5 lakhs through the campaign, the amount will be used to provide disaster relief and rehabilitation services across to the flood victims.

Individuals can come forward and contribute money which will be used to distribute food packets, dry ration, blankets and tarpaulin sheets in the worst affected areas.

Rapid Response’s spokesperson said, “The recent flood have left alarming devastation in several parts and the death toll is increasing day by day while several lakh people remained affected. Supplies of food and safe drinking water are reportedly in short supply and hence we urge people to come forward and contribute to this cause.”

Oxfam India too has launched its emergency response in Assam, Manipur and Tripura. Along with its partners will provide immediate humanitarian relief and also support resilience building measures to help the flood affected communities rebuild their lives.

Devastating floods, heavy rain and landslides have wreaked havoc in several parts of North East and claiming many lives in Manipur, Assam, Tripura and Mizoram. Lakhs of people have been affected and thousands of families are forced to take shelter on schools, highways and temporary relief camps.

(With inputs from Economic Times)

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